inside the issue
"This is the definition of fashion: It's about now," says Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquière in the third issue of Style.com/Print. "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 Style.com/Print. 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, Style.com 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. Style.com 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 Style.com asks, did the critics all miss the point?
PLUS: The top 10 shows of the season as ranked by Style.com 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.
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Marc + Katie
In the final days before Marc Jacobs' Louis Vuitton show, stylist Katie Grand barely leaves his side. Behind the lines with 48 hours to go.
Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele set the gold standard for blinged-out chic. Now her "rich bitch" styling is connecting with a new generation.
This Story Has Legs!
Anna Dello Russo used to see the shows. Now she is the show. And with her new H&M collection, she's broadcasting worldwide.
Spring 2013 Trend Reports
Ruffles, sheers, and all of the top runway trends of the season.
Direct from Style.com/Print, Spring's top ten beauty moments.
Welcome to Caradise
All the highlights from Style.com/Print's cover shoot with Cara Delevingne.
Leader of the Pack
Nicolas Ghesquière turned out a best-of-week collection for Balenciaga this Spring. Just after Paris wrapped up, Style.com's Jo-Ann Furniss sat down with the designer to look back at his most sensual collection ever—and, as it would turn out, his last.