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August 15, 2007
Vanity affair

Vanity-Fair.jpgI just got my greedy hands on one of the first mega fall fashion magazines, the September issue of Vanity Fair, which features Gisele Bundchen on the cover for an article titled "Viva Brazil: Starring Gisele and the new girls (and boys!) from Ipanema."

It's just crazy! The opening spread on the article features Gisele being escorted to a swanky party by two guys in tuxes and one in a swimsuit.

There's really nothing fall-like about the clothes - they're just very, very, well, Brazilian. Oh, to be 20-something and blaming it on Rio!

Otherwise, I really enjoyed the article on American designer Ralph Lauren, who is poised to enter his fifth decade as the fashion bastion of the American Dream.

And, there's an in-depth look at the French couture house of Hermes, which is passing its family-run legacy on to a sixth generation. There are great photos of how the fashion house became a legacy, including a great pic of actress Grace Kelly in 1956, alighting from a car carrying her signature Hermes Kelly handbag. Good stuff.

As usual, these September fashion magazines are dominated by advertising. So, you'll sift through quite a few ad pages at the outset, including the Gap spread, which I wrote about today on Page 3 of Scene.

Glamour is also on magazine racks now, proclaiming the publication's biggest issue in 20 years. Harper's Bazaar goes with actress Kate Hudson on its cover, and Vogue (the big daddy of them all) crashes into mailboxes at 840 pages, with actress Sienna Miller gracing the cover.

Mail carriers must hate this time of year. But for me, it's one of my favorites.

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