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When was the last time an editorial really excited you? Not just, “oh I’m happy to see this model again” or “this styling looks alright” but genuine excitement; the kind of outright glee elicits a reaction. Paging through the latest issue of Vs. I was struck by Simon Procter‘s larger than life editorial, The Fall. I was blown away by the scope of the images – the photomontages with their stormy clouds and crashing waves are truly stunning. Clothing always looks better when it is moving but Procter manages to take the story beyond its high fashion trappings; you don’t think about the season or the designer, you start to ponder the symbolism behind the images. View the full story after the jump.

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It is rare to find a decent editorial in most magazines, even when the price tag is hefty, so imagine my surprise when I picked up a copy of the free H&M magazine and found not one, but two stories that I truly enjoyed. First up, one of my all time favorite photographer + model duos, Terry Richardson and Natasa Vojnovic, do a girl about town story shot right here in New York. Every time these two work together something good happens and though the story itself is staid (kinder gentler Terry just can’t compete with sleazy Terry) I adore George Cortina’s styling on this.
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I must direct everyone to and the incredible story shot by Chadwick Tyler for MDX. I had the opportunity to be involved directly in the conception and production of this feature from day one and seeing the phenomenal end result just left me speechless. I had hoped that the pictures would turn out nicely but this went above and beyond: the hard work of everyone on the entire team payed off tenfold. I have to just give a round of applause to everyone, especially MDC for spearheading these sorts of projects.

And maybe it is just me but, doesn’t the Rad Hourani used in the story look almost ethereal? So different from the way we usually see his designs.

When opening the December issue of Vogue, one is prepared for the visual assault of holiday themed fashion fantasy, but the most compelling image may be this simple Demarchelier beauty shot. The neon hair, grey Alexander Wang jersey dresses and melancholy stares of Viktoriya Sasonkina and Karlie Kloss, combine to create something beautiful, modern and unexpected. As uncomplicated as the picture is, it still managed to shake me. Here is a concise distillation of everything I am enjoying at the moment and it leaves me wanting more. What I wouldn’t give for 12 more pages like this!

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Karlie Kloss and TomStu by  Mario Testino

As anyone in New York can tell you, autumn has finally arrived after the kind of lukewarm summer that can only be described as meh. What better time to unearth your fall wardrobe from storage boxes and snuggle up to cozy fabrics like flannel, wool and tweed? Vogue manages to be on the ball and serve up a story that features almost every pastoral trend of the season (good and bad) along with a psuedo-farming theme that is both comic and nostalgic. Name one farmhand who works in thigh-high Prada boots…

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Stella Tennant & Amber Valleta by Irving Penn

Like many people one of my earliest fashion memories comes courtesy of Irving Penn. Back in the day when exquisite imported magazines were little more than a twinkle in my eye, I purchased an issue of Vogue for 25 cents at a local flea market. Granted, this was not my first issue of Vogue but it is the one I remember best of all thanks to┬áPenn’s expressive black and white portraits of Shalom Harlow, Stella Tennant, Amber Valleta & Kirsty Hume.

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Anne Combez photographs

It is impossible to sift through the endless stream of images from fashion week without feeling slightly overwhelmed. Whether it is backstage, front row, a detail of a shoe and so on so forth there are just so many different images out there – we can become desensitized to the imagery due to its sheer overabundance. Perhaps that is why Anne Combez’s backstage images are such a pleasant surprise. Capturing both the frenzy and malaise of the backstage grind with equal attention they hint at the ennui beneath the glamour.