Common Thread: September is for style



By Amanda Powell

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Every September, magazine racks are stuffed with the biggest issues of the year.

This September, however, will be the biggest issue of 120 years for Vogue. What better way to draw attention to the issue than by putting fashion icon Lady Gaga on the cover?

She was photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by Grace Coddington, the creative director at Vogue. Marc Jacobs designed Gaga’s cover dress, no doubt a particularly eye-catching piece.

What gave Vogue a big spotlight for this issue was the picture Gaga tweeted, one where she is wearing nothing but a fuchsia feathered hat by Stephen Jones. There’s a reason Vogue is such an iconic magazine — because it never fails to surprise readers, and Gaga is full of surprises.

Victoria Beckham rivaled Gaga on the front cover of Glamour with a spread that was supposed to be a take on a soccer mom’s life. However, I think every September magazine will have a hard time competing with Vogue’s 916-page heavyweight.

But one question that often goes unanswered is “Why September?”

What makes September so special?

September marks the transition period from the summer to the fall lines. The short answer: new clothes.

September is also the month of New York Fashion Week, the biggest week of the year for fashion. Designers in New York will start showing the world their Spring 2013 collections on the runway.

So while we prepare to revamp and restock our wardrobes for fall, the fashion world is already looking to the future.

This year, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is from Sept. 6 through 13.

Since we’re in Lexington, it can be hard to keep up with our favorite designers and big statements made throughout Fashion Week, but will have free streaming and coverage of the daily shows. One catwalk to look for is “Project Runway,” which will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 at Theatre in New York City. The show features new designers with different views on what fashion should look like.

Find a schedule of all the shows at

So as we prepare to dive into this fashion-crazed month of September, when we’ll be searching for the greatest of fall fashions and drooling over the crazy designs that New York Fashion Week has to offer, always remember what Yves Saint Laurent once said:

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”