inside the issue


It's official: Punk is dead. It's been consigned to the museum—the Met Museum to be precise, where it will be the subject of the upcoming exhibition Chaos to Couture. But the spirit of punk has never been more important or necessary. The drive to question authority, to rewrite the established codes, to upend the graying order, to have some fun and cause some mayhem: That is what aims to celebrate in this issue. And so for Fall 2013, we present The Rule Breakers. They include:

The Prime of Christopher Kane

The brilliant young Scottish designer—newly hoisted by an investment from PPR—defines success on his own terms. For our exclusive cover portfolio, which he styled himself, Kane took us—and a pair of his favorite models—back to his alma mater, Taylor High School, in Motherwell. Photographs by Alasdair McLellan, profile by Jo-Ann Furniss.

True Grimes

The Canadian musician, who's rebooting punk's DIY aesthetic for the digital age, has become a darling of the fashion community—even though, she says, "I never read fashion magazines until I was in them." Photographs by Nick Haymes, styling by Karen Langley, story by Jonathan Durbin.

"It Was Always Kristen"

"It was always Kristen," says Donatella Versace. At 48, nearly twice the age of many models deemed past their prime, McMenamy's defiant, relentless pursuit of the perfect picture keeps her ahead of the pack. Photographs by Nick Knight, profile by Jo-Ann Furniss.

Chaos Theory

Everyone is talking about Rei Kawakubo, her influential Fall 2012 collection, and her soon-to-launch Dover Street Market in New York—not that she cares what anyone says about her. The lifelong rule breaker gives a rare interview to Matthew Schneier. Portrait by Mario Testino.

Berlin: Free City

032c editor Joerg Koch introduces the iconoclastic residents of the last free city in the Western world. Photographs by Frederike Helwig.

Sheena and the Mummy

Punk once shocked the world. Now it's about to be embalmed in a museum. Ahead of the Chaos to Couture opening at the Met, journalist and author Nick Tosches revisits the filth and the fury one last time. Readers' Top 10 Shows

Fall 2013 by the numbers: We're naming names and tallying numbers, for new additions and established shows alike. Here are the top collections by page views on

What Now, Xiao?

She's already charmed Karl, Kenzo, and Marc. China's next top model, Xiao Wen Ju, says that's just the beginning. Profile by Susie Lau, photographs by Matt Irwin.

Dirk's Tour

Surveying the season from New York to Paris, editor in chief Dirk Standen champions the fashion renegades who are keeping the punk ethos alive.

Fall 2013 Trend Reports

Hitchcock heroines vied for runway time with Bowery punks—whose side are you on?

Rosso Rising

The Italian entrepreneur has his sights set on high fashion. Just look at the growing portfolio of his company Only the Brave—including Marni, Margiela, and Viktor & Rolf—and his newest hire at Diesel: artistic director Nicola Formichetti. Profile by Maya Singer, photographs by Jocelyn Bain Hogg.

MADE in the U.S.A.

Between parties and presentations, Jenné Lombardo, Mazdack Rassi, and Keith Baptista of MADE have turned Milk Studios into New York fashion week's most happening hub. Can they replicate their success worldwide?

A Little Bit Lady, a Little Bit Rock 'N' Roll

Designers had it both ways this season, turning out pearls and top-handle bags on the one hand, and on the other, combat boots and chains. A guide to the season's top accessory trends.

Thom Browne's Imaginarium

The designer behind some of menswear's most otherworldly spectacles is bringing the show to womenswear. And despite an endorsement from Michelle Obama, he isn't about to trade provocation for respectability.

Smoke and Mirrors

Rick Owens calls his shows "a cheap magic act." But to his audience, they're the most amazing spectacles in fashion. We brave the elements to see how they're made.

Beauty Moments

Forget prepackaged trends. Fall beauty was about individualized interpretations of big ideas: Lips weren't just red but pink, and burgundy, and diffused, and matte. Hair was cut, crimped, or woven into pin curls. And ears, not eyes, were bedazzled for the runway.

They Came Out
at Night

The wilder the better for Kim Jones, who collects rare fashion by Leigh Bowery, Christopher Nemeth, and the over-the-top designers of London's 1980s club boom. Here, the Louis Vuitton menswear designer takes us on an exclusive tour of his treasures.

Subscribe to today!