When September fashion magazines weigh in issuing their pronouncements for fall, it’s easy to see what editors liked and disliked by the collections – or lack thereof – featured in the fashion stories. Of course, every season has its sweethearts. There are also the perennial “chosen few” such as Marc Jacobs and Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld. American designers didn’t fare as well as Europeans in September. It was a particularly good month for Donatella Versace, whose siren gowns graced the covers of Vogue and In Style. One of W’s nine cover versions for September featured Kate Moss in a Versace white chinchilla jacket.

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WWD said every Karl Lagerfeld collection for Chanel is about keeping the classics “au courant, the registers ringing and the new customers jockeying with the old for first dibs.” One of the most popular suits for fall, a black-and-white plaid tweed with square white grommets, turned up in fashion stories in several September issues. Harper’s Bazaar featured a bevy of Chanel’s popular handbags.

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Miuccia Prada designed slim skirt suits with thin leather belts and coats with bracelet sleeves that require the wearer to buy gloves. Prada may have even ignited the season’s craze for gloves. Nicole Kidman wore an argyle Prada sweater in Vogue. A funnel-neck coat, gloves and bag from Prada appeared in Harper’s Bazaar’s “Chic Must-Haves” feature, while an animal print coat turned up in a story on prints.


Dolce & Gabbana’s collection for fall included neon jackets and fake Mongolian lamb coats. There were slim dresses with curving seams held together by silver chains. Zippers were functional and used as design elements circling the waist on dresses. Vogue included a Dolce & Gabbana rose wool skirt suit in a fashion feature. In In Style, actress Monica Bellucci flaunted her assets in a low-cut Dolce & Gabbana stretch wool-blend dress.

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Tom Ford had his eye on lingerie when he designed fall’s corset shirts and eyelet girdle skirts. Kate Moss wore Gucci’s black rayon top on one of nine cover versions of W’s September issue. His coat with a large folded collar appeared in Elle. A vampy leather and fur bolero, tank and skirt from the Gucci collection were on Harper’s Bazaar’s must-have list.5. MARC JACOBS - 46

Marc Jacobs went Mod for fall with graphic shapes that have, since the days of Cardin, Courrèges and the Space Race, defined our vision of the future. Dresses and skirts were mini in length and jackets included details such as big round buttons. In Style’s Stylefile showed Jacobs’ Tang-orange mini suit, violet tights and white boots. In W, a Marc Jacobs silk dress was featured in a fashion story.


Fashion editors found plenty to love in John Galliano’s fall collection for Christian Dior. In Style photographed sex-pot Monica Bellucci in a crimson Christian Dior acetate-blend gown. Vogue paired a chartreuse silk evening dress with fire-engine red sandals in one photo. Dior’s pink rayon dress was worn by Kate Moss on a W cover for the September issue.


Ruffles were a recurring theme of Tom Ford’s Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche collection for fall. Vogue fashion spreads sampled several YSL dresses, including a silk ruffle dress with black lace inset and a maraschino-cherry colored dress with detachable ruffled sleeves. A sophisticated jacket, skirt and clutch turned up on a page of Harper’s Bazaar. In W, a forest green silk dress was paired with acrylic-heeled shoes.


For Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs continued to explore the Sixties theme that inspired his signature collection, only he wasn’t so literal. Vogue featured a silk gabardine zip-up coatdress and cotton-candy-pink Mongolian-lamb coat with oversized buttons. Elle went logo happy, with LV’s tweed and monogram print coat and bags and a Takashi Murakami clutch. Harper’s Bazaar cited LV’s jacket with six big buttons as a key item for fall.


Ralph Lauren Collection’s black leather jacket and Polo Ralph Lauren’s gray cotton sweatshirt were worn by Kate Moss on one of W’s September covers. Inside, a fashion story photographed at Alnwick Castle featured three looks from the collection, including a dramatic white marabou-collar cashmere coat. Harper’s Bazaar highlighted a jacket and pants from the collection, while Elle showed a beaded tulle top with pearl strands and tulle patchwork top.

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