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One of the nicest things about the past year has the been the re-emergence of design.  I seem to be seeing far more clothing on the runways that appears as if it was created from complicated pattern than decorated post-construction.  I call it the Post-Margiela Era because the designer himself seemed to be a casualty of the embellishment era: ca. 2001-2010.  I’ve read that even the watered-down Margiela/H&M collaboration didn’t too well, but I suppose that the public is still invested in buying sequin-encrusted tank dresses and cheap leather pumps with studs on the heels.  It’s too bad, because well-cut, well-crafted clothing seems to be on the cutting edge in 2012.

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December 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

October 2004

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Cover: October 2004

Context:Saw,” the first film in what would become a long-running “torture porn” franchise premieres on October 1.  On the same day, legendary fashion photographer Richard Avedon dies.  “Desperate Housewives” debuts on ABC on October 3.  On October 9, direct elections for president are held for the first time in Afghanistan.  Ashlee Simpson is accused of lip-synching on the television show “Saturday Night Live” on October 23.

Points of Interest: Cover model Daria Werbowy was riding her second-wave of popularity after almost quitting modeling.  This is her first “FASHION” cover.

What Tyra Would Say: “I’ve invited Daria back to compete again because I saw something in her that made me believe that she’s a fighter.  Forget the fact that I eliminated her for losing her spark a few cycles back . . .”.

What Auntie Fashion Says: This is a lovely photo but the cover copy is as bland and uninspired as any issue of “FASHION” in the magazine’s history.  I’d get more excitement from reading tombstones.

Grade: C.

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August 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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September 2004

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Cover: September 2004

Context: Sexploitation film director Russ Meyers dies on September 18.  On the same day, Britney Spears gets married to Kevin Federline.  “The Sopranos” and “Arrested Development” are amongst the major winners at the 56th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19.  On September 24, Major League Baseball announces that the Montreal Expos will move to Washington D.C. in 2005.

Points of Interest: This cover marks an interesting period of transition for at least two of the individuals involved in its creation.  Cover model Diane Kruger was not yet well known to film audiences because “National Treasure” would not be released until November of 2004.  Although designer Tom Ford had exited Gucci in April of the same year, he could be credited for creating the cover dress as part of his final collection for the label.

What Tyra Would Say: “It’s interesting to note how relaxed Diane appears in this photo because although the harness and the 2000′ vertical drop have been digitally removed from the picture, they were still there.  She looks terrific for a girl who is standing on the precipice of a cliff during a violent windstorm.”

What Auntie Fashion Says: I don’t know why I don’t wear more pleated, flared sleeves.  And why isn’t there anything in my closet in the color of Thrills gum?

Grade: B.

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May 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm

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June 2004

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Cover: June 2004

Context: Former US President Ronald Reagan dies on June 5.  A transit of Venus across the face of the sun takes place on June 8.  The previous pair of transits were in December 1874 and December 1882, and the next will be on June 6, 2012.  On June 11, Terry Nichols is spared the death penalty by an Oklahoma state court on murder charges stemming from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.  The Liberal Party of Canada, led by Paul Martin, is reduced to a minority government on June 28 after holding a majority since November 1993.

Points of Interest: Cover dress designer Narciso Rodriguez won the CFDA Womenwear Designer of the Year Award in both 2002 and 2003, but was still struggling financially in 2004 when this cover hit the shelves.

What Tyra Would Say:Rachel isn’t just ‘modeling: the verb‘ while giving me ‘model: the noun,’ but she’s also ‘modeling!: the interjection‘ while appearing ‘modelly: the adjective.’  You know, one day I’m going to take my vast knowledge of the English language and write a novel . . .”.

What Auntie Fashion Says: At first glance, I can tell the difference between the Susie Sheffman covers and the photos that “FASHION” has purchased.  This is one of the latter.   It’s like comparing “Vogue Italia” with “InStyle.”

Grade: C+.

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May 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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May 2004

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Cover: May 2004

Context: On May 1, the largest expansion to date of the European Union takes place, extending the Union by ten member-states, including Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta and Cyprus.  On May 6, the series finale of “Friends” airs on NBC.  “New York Minute,” the first film to feature the Olsen twins as teenagers, debuts on May 7.  On May 26, Fantasia Barrino wins the third season of American Idol, defeating Diana DeGarmo.

Points of Interest: For the first time since the magazine debuted in 1977, the title “FASHION” is allowed to stand alone on the cover.

What Tyra Would Say: “I can’t even begin to imagine what Sidney went through before she entered this competition.  Still, the memories that haunt her to this day had nothing to do with this week’s photoshoot that features masked serial killers terrorizing the models in an edgy, high-fashion way.  Here’s Sidney’s best shot.”

What Auntie Fashion Says: Every time I read the phrase “all about” (“Spring’s All About Dresses and Skirts“), I want to punch someone in the head.  It’s the laziest trope in journalism.

Grade: B.

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April 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

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April 2004

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Cover: April 2004

Context: Franz Ferdinand release their debut album in North America on April 20.  On the same day, Whoopi Goldberg’s sitcom “Whoopi” is cancelled after only one season.  Cosmetics industry legend Estée Lauder dies on April 24.  On April 28, Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq is revealed on the television show “60 Minutes II.”  The last Oldsmobile rolls off the assembly line on April 29.  Lindsay Lohan’s breakout film, “Mean Girls,” premieres on April 30.

Points of Interest: This is the first gown with a five-figure price tag to appear on the cover of “FASHION.”

What Tyra Would Say: Liisa Winkler has been an integral part of the “FASHION brand and she helped turn this magazine into the household name it is today.  She has been an amazing asset to the magazine and will always be a part of the “FASHION” family.  We will continue to actively work with her on future projects — but she’s fired.”

What Auntie Fashion Says: That’s what a $10,000 dress looks like?

Grade: C.

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April 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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March 2004

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Cover: March 2004

Context: On March 2, NASA announces that the Mars rover “Opportunity” has confirmed that its landing area was once drenched in water.  “Pimp My Ride” premieres on MTV on March 4.  On the same day, fashion designer Stephen Sprouse dies of heart failure in New York City after being diagnosed with lung cancer the year before.  On March 11, terrorists execute simultaneous bomb attacks in four rush-hour trains in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people.  “Yeah” by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris spends the entire month atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Points of Interest: This is the first of Jessica Stam’s four appearances on the cover of “FASHION.”

What Tyra Would Say:This week we asked the Canadian girls to dress up as beavers in order to appear in the video for my latest single, ‘Tooch Ya Booty.’  Jessica refused to wear the beaver costume.  As a result, we have a difficult decision to make.  Do we give her another chance despite the fact that she didn’t participate in the challenge, or do we keep Becky even though this is her sixth-consecutive week in the bottom two?”

What Auntie Fashion Says: $7200 for that vulgar Louis Vuitton bag?  If I spent $7200 on a purse, I’d wear it over my head to hide my shame.

Grade: A-.

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April 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

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February 2004

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Cover: February 2004

Context: On February 1, Janet Jackson’s left breast is exposed onstage at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show.  The phrase “wardrobe malfunction” is coined due to the controversy.  On February 3, the CIA admits that there was no imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction before the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  “Sex and the City” airs its final episode on February 22.  On February 28, “Gigli” dominates the Golden Raspberry Awards, walking away with statues for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Actress, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst On-Screen Couple.

Points of Interest: I once wrote a list of “The World’s Sexiest Foods,” too, that included corn dogs, fish tacos, zucchini and — of course — my own special recipe for “Clams Casino.”

What Tyra Would Say: “For this shoot we vaccinated the girls against several communicable diseases.  Kelly got a shot in the arm for rabies.  Here’s her best shot.”

What Auntie Fashion Says: Zzzz . . .

Grade: C-.

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April 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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Winter 2004

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Cover: Winter 2004

Context: On January 3, Britney Spears marries Jason Allen Alexander, a childhood friend, in Las Vegas.  The marriage is annulled two days later.  “The Apprentice” premieres on NBC on January 7.  Queen Elizabeth II christens the RMS Queen Mary 2 cruise liner, the largest passenger ship afloat, on January 8.  Despite earning mostly negative reviews, the Jennifer Aniston vehicle “Along Came Polly” debuts at number-one in the US on January 16, pulling in almost $28 million in its opening weekend.

Points of Interest: Before this cover hit the shelves, Britney Spears’ reputation was mostly squeaky-clean, aside from a kiss from Madonna at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.  Afterward, not so much.  I blame “FASHION” . . .

What Tyra Would Say: “I’m going to give you a superhero name in order to help you define your brand within the fashion industry.  Your name is Cheetosia . . .”.

What Auntie Fashion Says: All the Susie Sheffman styling in the world still can’t convince me that this is a magazine that I’d want to buy.  It’s Britney Spears, for Zob’s sake!

Grade: D.

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March 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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November 2003

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Cover: November 2003

Context:Arrested Development” debuts of FOX on November 2.  On November 5, Gary Ridgway, the notorious Green River Killer, confesses to murdering forty-eight women in the Pacific Northwest.  The documentary “Tupac: Resurrection” premieres on November 14.  “Baby Boy” by Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul spends the entire month atop the Billboard Hot 100.  On November 18, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules anti-same-sex marriage laws unconstitutional in the state of Massachusetts.

Points of Interest: This is the first cover to feature the website address fashionmagazine.com.

What Tyra Would Say: “This week, we allowed the girls to choose their own photos.  Elisha chose this photo of herself that includes neither the shoes she was trying to sell nor the pool of blood the models were standing in.  Becky, on the other hand, chose a photo of just her feet.  So who stays and who goes . . . ?”

What Auntie Fashion Says: I’m giving this cover high marks simply for the headline “Natural Beauty: How to Fake It.”

Grade: A.

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March 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

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