Allure magazine made its debut in March 1991. That was the same month the Lancaster Group AG (later named Coty Inc.) landed in New York from Wiesbaden, Germany; Omar Sharif launched his women’s fragrance to a packed crowd at Bloomingdale’s, and Henri Bendel unveiled its new, expanded beauty floor with an eye-popping birdcage centerpiece.
Linda Wells has been the title’s only editor in chief since it was launched. In that span, the publication has claimed a number of firsts among magazines: warning of health risks linked to silicone breast implants; reporting drug use among fashion models; sounding an alarm about the levels of formaldehyde in some hair-straightening products, and advising women that fat-melting treatments hadn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Circulation has grown from 250,000 to 1,093,613, and as the magazine approaches its 20th anniversary next month, Wells has had a chance to reflect on how the industry has changed during her time at the helm.
Madonna turns 59 today, marking another year of show-stopping, one-of-a-kind bold looks from the singer. To celebrate, we took a look at the superstar's most memorable fashion moments. Here, Madonna sits front row at Versace's spring runway show in 1995. See more exclusive photos from the #wwdarchive on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Cédric Dordevic)
WWD asked a handful of creative directors to evaluate the September covers of leading women's fashion magazines. How do they think the covers this year compare with years gone by, and what do they say about the current status of the publication? Link in bio. (GIF by @hypebreast)
"Stephen King is such a master, but I don't like being scared - there's enough that's really scary. How about the morning's news?" says Holland Taylor in an interview with WWD. See what else the actress said about starring in the TV adaptation of King's thriller "Mr. Mercedes" on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)