The evolution of the female power suit continued its unconventional path in the fashion story “The Business of Style” (written by guest editor Sarah Ferguson), which featured brightly-hued blazers paired with contrast-colored cigarette pants, high-waisted, wide-legged trousers, and even a pair of nautical striped short shorts. (May)
1990. A super svelte Monica Bellucci shows off an early iteration of what would soon become designer Hervé L. Leroux’s easily identifiable signature: the Hervé Léger ‘bandage’ dress. Founded by Leroux in 1985, the House of Hervé Léger was ultimately sold to the BCBG Max Azria Group in 1998, where, after its relaunch by Azria in 2007 the line became a go-to choice for every young star from Rachel Bilson to Kate Bosworth. (July)
1991.In only her second year modeling, a then 15-year-old Niki Taylor graced more than a dozen pages in three separate fashion stories for ELLE’s first issue of 1991. While the rest of us were sitting in a classroom worrying about tomorrow’s geometry quiz, here, the sunkissed teen (who was also the issue’s cover girl—her first of two for the year) takes her gingham Gottex bikini for a wade in St. Tropez waters in the Bardot-inspired swim shoot, “Baby Doll!” (January)
Love this so much. Couldn't believe this girl was only 1 year older than me! I sure didn't look like that
1991.In the 39-page fashion epic “It’s Spring Again!” ELLE staff stylist Fanny Pagniez dresses a model for a pretty portrait in head-to-toe Yohji Yamamoto, including an asymmetric, off-the-shoulder jumpsuit with rope detail ($2,310) and an “aerodynamic” white linen hat ($1,385) (February)
1991.In the days before fashion magazines were meant to, above all, sell clothes, there was the opportunity for the occasional nude cover model. Here, a radiant Fabienne Terwinghe wears nothing but her Estée Lauder moisturizer (with SPF, of course) and a smile. (May)
1991.One of the stunning works of beauty art Shiseido makeup artist Serge Lutens created especially for ELLE in the beauty story “Making Faces: The Master of Makeup.” Lutens describes the theme of this collection of original shots as “a fantastical, sophisticated jungle—like the jungle of New York, in which this woman is the ‘natural’ beauty of the imaginary jungle.” (December)
Great thread! These pictures (and the stories behind them) have taken me on a trip down memory lane. I can remember some of trends in fashion and makeup during late 80s.
And what a body on Niki Taylor!
The refinement of haute couture is in what you don't see. Instead of adding, you must remove. -- Claude Montana
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