September Cover Girls, Reviewed

Jennifer Lawrence Vogue magazine cover September 2013


The September issue of fashion glossies is the industry’s back-to-school bible. It’s traditionally the year’s biggest seller—there was a whole documentary made about the issue!—and generates particular buzz when it comes to cover models. With such keen interest in September issues, which go on sale shortly before the start of New York Fashion Week, editors sometimes take the opportunity to experiment and take fashion risks—but it’s equally important (and business savvy) to feature someone who sells. Because yes, size matters when it comes to this issue: There’s always a competition for ad pages and newsstand sales with September books. Here’s a look at the women whom fashion editors placed bets on this time around.

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I Just Talked To Nick Lachey (Pinch Me)

Between his successful ’90s boy-band comeback tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men, a new album of lullabies written for his 10-month-old son, Camden, and various TV hosting gigs, 98 Degrees frontman Nick Lachey is one busy man. But the 39-year-old ex-heartthrob found a few minutes to talk with TIME…

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Converse + “The Simpsons” = Pop Culture Synergy

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Pop culture geeks rejoice: 105-year-old sneaker maker Converse is teaming up with The Simpsons for a shoe collection inspired by characters from the long-running (it’s in its 25th season!) animated TV show.

Read the details on TIME Style: On Heels Of Countless Famous Collaborations, Converse Launches “The Simpsons” Sneakers

Zac Posen Designs Diffusion Line For David’s Bridal

Zac Posen’s name brings to mind old-Hollywood glamour, refined tailoring, dramatic details. It conjures up images of all the celebrities he has outfitted for the red carpet, including Beyoncé, Natalie Portman, and Claire Danes. But with his new diffusion line for David’s Bridal, Truly Zac Posen, a more diverse variety of women—of brides, to be more specific—will be able to pick up his designs, off-the-rack. Featuring the designer’s signature details, such as mermaid tails, figure-flattering corsetry, and delicate layering of textures, the line will launch next February online and in 50 stores, with six wedding-dress styles ranging from $850 to $1,350, and five social occasion dresses (perhaps for the bridesmaids?), which will retail for $195 to $225.

Read the details at TIME Style: Style for a Steal: Zac Posen Joins Designers to Offer Diffusion Wedding Line

Kate Upton’s Latest Foray Into High Fashion: June 2013 Vogue Cover

Kate Upton Vogue cover

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Can somebody please get Kate Upton some work?

Yeah, right. The buxom bombshell-next door isn’t exactly knocking on doors for high-end modeling gigs. You wouldn’t think a social-media-sensation-turned-Sports-Illustrated-Swimsuit-Issue-cover-girl has the chops to crack the Anna Wintour code. But Upton has reached an echelon even Kim Kardashian couldn’t, landing the June cover of American Vogue, out on newsstands May 21.

Read the details at TIME Style: Kate Upton Adds ‘Vogue’ Cover to Growing High-Fashion Credibility

Sleeves, Lace, & Bling: Highlights From Bridal Fashion Week!

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Just like ready-to-wear fashion, wedding dress trends are fickle, changing from decade to decade depending on popular culture, political conditions, tastes and whimsies. Gone are the puffy sleeves of the 1980s, for example, making way for sleeker styles. Yet season after season, while creating that “something new” brides lust over, wedding dress designers continue to draw their inspiration from bygone eras. At the recent Bridal Fashion Week in New York City, we saw vintage-inspired styles like longer sleeves, high-neck illusion necklines, and all types of lace, a step back from the ubiquitous strapless dresses and a return to more covered-up times. Every spring and fall, magazine editors and buyers flock to these shows to catch the latest in bridal fashion. Here’s a preview of the “something new” brides will soon be wearing down the aisle–liberally sprinkled with “something old” inspiration.

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