The Fashion Issue 2013

  • I "Like" London

    Which way to the megabus?

  • Bitches in Uniform

  • De Nimes

    Before we had low-rise, straight-leg, skinny, selvage, stretchy, resin-coated, lotion-infused, or mom jeans, there was simply jean—the fabric. The name likely originated from gênes, referring to Genoa, Italy, where sailors wore a twill blend of cotton...

  • The First Wild One

    The origin of the motorcycle jacket.

  • Bob Mackie Has Dressed Almost Everyone

    In the pantheon of American fashion designers, Bob Mackie stands alone with his singular focus on sequined, bejeweled, and hyperbolic outfits for the world’s most ostentatious personalities. Bob has made clothes for Barbra, Whitney, Michael, and just...

  • Wavy Spice

    Valerie Phillips shoots Harlem's new rap queenpin, with styling by Bertie Brandes and Charlotte Roberts.

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  • A Sweatshop of One's Own

    What if the crap-manufacturing industry collapses and all of the indentured servants the US employs there are no longer able to produce cheaply manufactured garments? What atrocities would Americans be forced to wear? To illustrate this predicament, I...

  • Fashion in the 90s

    The 90s were perfect. This isn’t to privilege one set of nostalgics over another; the 1990s reverence felt by three small, semidiscrete generations (X, Y, Millennial) is, of course, no different from anyone else’s nostalgia for what came before, but...

  • Herb Ritter

    Photos by Ben Ritter and styling by Annette Lamothe-Ramos.

  • The Great Lost Expedition Brand

    In 1903, during an Arctic mineral-hunting expedition, an geologist by the name of Ben Willis discovered that most clothing doesn’t hold up in 100 mph winds and -60 °F temperatures. Ben returned to New York and started designing garments that could...

  • What Not to Wear

    Take a look in this mirror and describe your "look" to us... "I dunno, I guess it's sort of a laid-back rock 'n' roll party stud kinda thing..." Johnny Ryan's comic from the Fashion Issue.

  • Because the Night

    Featuring Jamie Bochert. Photos by Samantha Rapp and styling by Cristian Stroble.