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 found the first 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.

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THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Halle Berry will reportedly grace the cover of Vogue’s all-important September issue, making her the first woman of colour ever to do so. Story by Anne Pringle.

The September Issues
Last year’s economic dire straits meant that figures were down for the September issues of all the big magazines including Vogue, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, In Style, Marie Claire and W. Well, this year the numbers are back on the rise: Vogue experienced an almost 25 percent rise in ad pages from last fall, to 532 this year. In Style reported 403 ad pages, a 16 percent raise, and ELLE is up to 382 ad pages, an 18 percent raise. They hit shelves in just a couple weeks—making it so much easier to say goodbye to summer. (WWD)

Model moment
Former Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr is on a high-fashion streak, scoring two coveted Fall 2010 campaigns: Prada and Jil Sander. The Jil Sander ads debuted at the end of last week, and feature a studious and polished-looking Kerr in navy glasses with slicked-back hair. In other news, Kerr and Orlando Bloom got engaged last week—only to sneak away for a secret marriage the following day! There have been pregnancy rumours circulating, but she has continued to deny them; either way, those will be some attractive children. (Fashionologie)

Memorial for McQueen
Alexander McQueen’s decorative rose honouring thelate fashion icon Isabella Blow was unveiled only a few weeks ago, and now his time to be honoured has been announced. A private memorial service for the late designer will take place during London Fashion Week on Monday, September 20, at St. Paul’s Cathedral atop Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the historic British city. (WWD)

Animal activism
And in other UK news, British designer and animal activist Stella McCartney has been campaigning with PETA to have the famous tall bearskin hats worn by Buckingham Palace’s Royal Guards changed to synthetic materials. According to McCartney, “Initially the big bear fur hats were intended to make soldiers look taller as they marched over hills in battle, but they haven’t been worn in action for over 100 years.” The prototype of McCartney’s ethical alternative is currently under testing by the Ministry of Defense. (Vogue UK)