Wednesday, November 7, 2012


"This is the definition of fashion: It's about now," says Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquière in the third issue of "It might last for longer, but you have to really work to witness your time. To say this is now."

"This is now" is also the mandate of Days after the final collection has walked the Paris runway, our editors bring you the first and most complete take on the season. Our original reporting and vibrant photography take you inside the experience to reveal the people, clothes, and events that define Spring 2013, that define "now." They include:

CARA DELEVINGNE: Mario Testino calls her the new Kate Moss. The tabloid press has dubbed her the U.K.'s latest It girl. But Cara Delevingne resists easy labels. Riding along with the model in London and Paris, witnesses the birth of a supernova. Profile by Maya Singer; photographs by Matt Irwin.

BALENCIAGA'S LEADER OF THE PACK: Now in his 15th year as creative director at Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquière has shown the world how to reinvent a heritage house and keep it cutting edge. Here he opens up about his inspirations and working methods, while Alasdair McLellan's exclusive portfolio showcases the designer's season-topping Spring 2013 collection.

ALEXANDER'S NEXT TOP MODEL: Alexander Wang has launched the careers of many of the industry's top girls. spends a week with the Wang camp as they cast the designer's latest show and discover a new catwalk sensation. Story by Matthew Schneier; photographs by Magnus Unnar.

MARC + KATIE: Louis Vuitton's global dominion owes much to the intimate chemistry between designer Marc Jacobs and stylist Katie Grand. Visiting the Vuitton studio in the sleepless nights before the show, writer Jo-Ann Furniss watches a "fashion marriage" in action. Spoiler alert: Unicorns are involved. Photographs by Boo George.

THE FACE-OFF: The season's big showdown was between Raf Simons at Dior and Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent. Offering new details from behind the scenes in "Dirk's Tour," the editor of asks, did the critics all miss the point?

PLUS: The top 10 shows of the season as ranked by readers; our editors' 10 favorite collections; the best bags, shoes, and jewels of Spring 2013; the season according to street-style photographer Tommy Ton; the wildest parties from New York to Paris; a glimpse inside the traveling caravan of editor and clotheshorse Anna Dello Russo; plus, London fashion's fairy godmother; the gallerist shaking up downtown Manhattan; the world's most colorful stylist; and much more. is available at select newsstands on November 5, but the best way to guarantee a copy is to order one online…now.


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