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Vogue July 2010

I’ve been a longtime Vogue subscriber. I enjoy it for a few reasons: their interesting points-of-view on fashion, lack of lifestyle articles telling me what I should or should not be doing to my man to (blush) please him, and the occasional mix of home items thrown in for good measure. A lot of people think that Vogue is too hoity toity, featuring only uber-expensive clothes. I look at it as a way to enjoy fashion as art, as well as to inspire me aspirationally. While in reality there is a major difference between a skirt by Prada and a skirt to be found at Old Navy, not only in fabric but in fit, you can still be inspired by magazines like Vogue in your everyday choices.
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This month’s Vogue was my favorite perhaps in years. French actress Marion Cotillard (ahh! Those gorgeous eyes!) was their cover girl and she is stunning. I could not take my eyes off of the photos from her shoot. She is gorgeous. And the styling of the clothes was so dreamy and feminine. Bombshell is the only word to describe it. Vintage in inspiration but still totally modern.
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I also adored the New Look-inspired shoot starring Ewan McGregor paired against a model in fall 2010 couture, much of it from Louis Vuitton and Prada. I’ve always loved that 1950s silhouette, whether it be a gorgeous full skirt or the contrast of a slim just-below-the-knee pencil skirt — either one is highlighting the waist, something that has been missing in the past couple of years. Feminine, gamine, beautiful.
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If you’re a fan of The September Issue, that fascinating Vogue documentary, you’ll recognize Grace Coddington’s creative direction in that particular series above. Grace does an excellent job of telling a story through her editorials, and this one is one of my favorites.

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