THE IT: The September issues

Vogue, September 2010 and September 1993. Story by Laura deCarufel. Photography by Petra Thomas-Grainger.

Fashion’s great machine plows ahead, occasionally looping back to reference itself. I was reminded of this in the most exciting way last week when I foundĀ the firstĀ Vogue that I ever bought. The issue was September 1993, the cover model was Linda Evangelista, the photographer, Steven Meisel. The fall fashion statement? A crushed velvet coatdress by Ralph Lauren.

I was 13, on a family vacation in the Finger Lakes, when I impulsively picked up the magazine at Wegmans. By the time we were home, I was a goner. I memorized the spreads, the names of the photographers and stylists, the way the magazine used language to create an impossibly alluring world that seemed (almost, almost) attainable. I fell in love with fashion through that September issue.

Seventeen years later, another September issue is on the stands. Looking at the two magazines side by side, I was struck by how much they have in common. From velvet dresses to pastoral blondes, the following 10 spreads provide the proof.

COVER MODELS

Halle Berry and Linda Evangelista with their bobs and velvet frocks…

THE HOT SHOT

September 2010: Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Chanel Iman, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, photographed by Peter Lindbergh.

September 1993: Stephanie Seymour, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington, photographed by Steven Meisel.

THE PASTORAL BLONDE

September 2010: Lara Stone, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

September 1993: Nadja Auermann, photographed by Arthur Elgort.

GLOBAL FASHION

September 2010: “A veritable United Nations of kaleidoscopic embellishment and texture” features fashion by John Galliano, Roberto Cavalli, Etro & more, photographed by Steven Meisel.

September 1993: “Ozbek’s style is truly a global cocktail,” says Vogue about these five ensembles by designer Rifat Ozbek, photographed by Steven Meisel.

GROUP PORTRAIT

September 2010: To celebrate (read: promote) Fashion’s Night Out, Steven Meisel photographs a fashionable cast: Kristen McMenamy, Pharrell Williams, Christina Ricci, Stella Tennant, Yi Jianlian, Kirsi Pyrhoenen, Marc Jacobs and Karlie Kloss.

September 1993: An equally stylish set gathers to pay tribute to Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 1993 collection: Nadja Auermann, Amber Valletta, Kristen McMenamy, Linda Evangelista, Shalom Harlow, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, (and male models), photographed by Steven Meisel.

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