PARIS--"We wanted to invite people to an anonymous place like a French café-- a bit messy but we like it messy because that's real life--girls are not always super perfect" said Carven designer Guillaume Henry after his first "showtation" for the revived Paris couture house. Yes, you heard that right. That's Henry's fashion neologism for the way he showed Carven's fall collection at the Palais de Tokyo this morning--half show half presentation. Showgoers sat as if at a Paris café, gathered around tiny round tables as models walked (very carefully) up and down stairs through doorways from behind a scrim, so that you could see the silhouettes of the clothes as they walked behind each doorway. It was very clever.
Dont judge a book by its cover... Unless it's a magazine, in which case, sometimes the cover is the deciding factor of whether or not to buy the mag altogether.
The best covers of 2011 returned to a new naturalism and a fun aesthetic, like the Lara Stone T cover we're still drooling over, pictured at left. Sure, there's still room for artifice in fashion (see: Stella Tennant on Vogue Italia), but 2011 was a year for reflecting on natural beauties, incredible models, and stellar photography.
After toiling over hundred of covers, we're bringing you "The Best" according to us. Did we forget your favorite? Let us know in the comments.