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traordinary and courageous women who are behind the Libyan Revolution showed the depth and strength that women has throughout the world, not just in Libya. As a rule, Vogue generally has a more sophisticated front of book. However, I am sometimes left to wonder who these women are. Shala Monronque? Elizabeth von Thurn und Taxis? Dasha Zhukova? They talk about lace, and they show the trend on Nicole Kidman, Natalia Vodianova and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Andre Leon Talley reports on Chanel Couture in Paris and it's as if you are there yourself. I long to visit designer Peter Copping's country place in Normandy. It's all about aspirational living with Vogue. If you have $4,010, you too can own Joseph Altuzarra's green military parka. You know, the one that stole the show at Lincoln Center in February. It's one of the must-haves for fall. And let's not forget violinist Charlie Siem. He's absolutely gorgeous, a little bit of rock and roll; and a whole lot of soul. (14)



Page Count: 758 (Winner and still Champ. You gotta love all those endless pages of ads!) Cover Subject:Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton (11) Cover Article: Conducted on the heels of her upcoming wedding, I really like this piece. I liked the insight Hamish Bowles brought to the table. This is yet another fine job on his part. I loved, loved, loved all the photographs taken by Mario Testino. He's a genius behind the camera. What's more adorable than Miss Moss surrounded by her daughter and her little bridesmaids? And in that photos of Miss Moss and James Hince, her new husband, you saw the love they have for each other. The photograph of her with John Galliano was especially significant because, given his recent troubles, she still made him an integral part of her wedding. That's loyalty of the highest degree. And you have to admit, her wedding dress was phenomenal. He hasn't lost his touch one bit. (14) Front of Book: The Letter from the Editor started on page 216. That should tell you everything. I was intrigued and I learned a lot from Rosamond Bernier sharing her life story; Chloe Malle's remembrance of her late father, the esteemed French director, Louis Malle, was quite touching; Janine di Giovanni's article on the ex-

Back of Book: Where do I start? Let's start at the beginning. Jonathan Van Meter's piece on modern day China was brilliant. However, in some of the photos of Karlie Kloss, what happened to her hair? (7.5) With Playing to Type (styled by her Holiness, Grace Coddington and Michael Philouze), we have already a lot of these pieces a million times but Her Holiness gave them a fresh prospective for us to appreciate them. (15) The Jon Huntsman profile left me one major impression: I've never seen just a photogenic family before. Wait a minute, Mitt Romney has an equally photogenic family. (6) I achieved full-blown real estate envy reading about Claude Wasserstein's New York City penthouse apartment with its own rooftop forest. Then I got over it. (8) Glee actors and Fashion Night Out. Yawn. My Generation (starring Natalia Vodianova and actor Sam Riley, shot by Mert & Marcus, and styled by the Goddess, Grace Coddington) had the right amount of mod nostalgia built in. (13) Finally, Jourdan Dunn had a major breakthrough with At Ease, a portfolio showing the softer side of military-inspired designs from Chloe, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tommy Hilfiger and Dior. Breathtaking. (12)

9/11 Remembrances: A Will to Live, an excerpt from Laura Manning's new book, Unmeasured Strength. You laugh. You cry. It becomes a part of you (10)

Fashion Maniac issue 2  

Grading the Fashion magazines