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 / Fashion


February 2020

ELLE is the international fashion magazine for sophisticated, independent women with a strong sense of personal style. The hottest designers. The latest fashions on the street and on the runways. Plus the beauty, health and fitness finds to keep you glowing. Get ELLE digital magazine subscription today.

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12 Issues


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SEE “Bad as it is, the world is potentially full of good photographs,” Dorothea Lange once said. “But to be good, photographs have to be full of the world.” Lange’s images, like Migrant Mother (above), invariably were, as a show at New York’s MoMA that opens February 9, Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, makes abundantly clear. SEE Denim devotees won’t want to miss Levi Strauss: A History of American Style at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. From essential workwear for nineteenth-century miners to the height of modern-day fashion, the exhibit offers insight into the most democratic of garments, featuring items from the wardrobes of such varied fans as Albert Einstein and Lauryn Hill. (February 13–August 9; thecjm.org) SEE The Museum at New York’s FIT takes a closer look at ballet as a…

2 min.
love, actually

Every issue of ELLE is a labor of love, but this month it’s a bit more literal than that. (How appropriate, given that Valentine’s Day is just E around the corner.) Our February issue is a compendium of people, fashion, and ideas we just adore. Starting with our cover star, Zoë Kravitz, who epitomizes our philosophy: effortless, cool, earthy, rock ’n’ roll. If I had to think of the ideal ELLE woman, she’d be at the top of my list. Kravitz has become a bona fide force in Hollywood. She’s donning the iconic Catwoman mask for the upcoming film The Batman, and she’ll play the lead in a gender-swapped version of High Fidelity coming to Hulu. While she might not superficially have much in common with John Cusack’s brooding, record-obsessed hipster…

1 min.
new arrivals

POLKA DOTS 1 THE BAG Guaranteed conversation piece: Alessandro Michele takes an otherwise serious silhouette—the classic top-handle—and adds a healthy dose of whimsy. Handbag, Gucci, $2,700, gucci.com. 2 THE PUMP The brown-and-white polka dot pattern instantly conjures up Julia Roberts’s iconic polo match ensemble in Pretty Woman. Sandal, Michael Kors Collection, $695, michaelkors.com. 3 THE EARRING In a colorful riff on the asymmetric jewelry trend, Bulgari groups three button studs to form one of the most covetable ear cuffs around. Ear cuff, Bulgari, $1,950, bulgari.com.…

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NINA GARCIA Editor-in-Chief STEPHEN GAN Creative Director MARTIN HOOPS Executive Design Director AMY SYNNOTT Executive Editor ERIN HOBDAY Executive Managing Editor ALIX CAMPBELL Chief Visual Content Director, Hearst Magazines JENNIFER WEISEL Entertainment Director ALEXIS WOLFE Accessories Director KATIE BECKER Beauty and Health Director MELISSA GIANNINI Features Director VÉRONIQUE HYLAND Fashion Features Director LAURA SAMPEDRO Deputy Managing Editor CARY GEORGES Visual Director FASHION Senior Market Editor SARAH ZENDEJAS Credits Editor CAITLIN MULLEN Market Editors STEPHANIE SANCHEZ, JADE VALLARIO Assistants ROSIE JARMAN, KEVIN LEBLANC FEATURES Senior Fashion Features Editor NAOMI ROUGEAU Strategic Projects and Technology Editor JENNA BLAHA Staff Writer MOLLY LANGMUIR Culture Editor BRIANNA KOVAN BEAUTY Associate Beauty Editor MARGAUX ANBOUBA ART AND DESIGN Deputy Art Director KATELYN BAKER Designer JULIANNA DANIELSON International Coordinator MONIQUE BONIOL HEARST VISUAL GROUP Senior Visual Editor LAUREN BROWN Senior Visual Researcher MEGAN A. VICTORIA Associate Producer SAMEET SHARMA Visual Editor CORI JAYNE HOWARTH Visual Assistant EMILIE BENYOWITZ COPY AND RESEARCH Copy Chief TERRI SCHLENGER Research Chief…

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power posing

One of the most viral moments of fashion month—aside from J.Lo at Versace in a re-creation of the neckline-down-to-there O Grammys dress that launched Google Images—was the model Leon Dame stomping down the runway at the Maison Margiela show in Paris. It was the walk that got everyone talking: chaotic, hunched, and slightly rushed. It went viral and netted Dame an extra-special Instagram follower: Rihanna. The man behind it was movement director Pat Boguslawski, a former model who has worked with Margiela since 2018. And though it garnered its share of laughs, it was, at its core, a performance that harked back to a time of theatricality on the runway, something John Galliano has incorporated into his shows since his early days. “If [it’s supposed to be] a fashion show, why…

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what lies beneath

Dorothy Parker maintained that “brevity is the soul of lingerie,” but Charlotte Knowles and Alexandre Arsenault might beg to differ. For their first show at London Fashion Week D in September, they presented what they called “militarized” lingerie- and corsetry-influenced looks for a woman who is, as Arsenault puts it, “ready to fight.” The show began with Lily Mc-Menamy striding out in an underwire bustier and bike shorts that felt more like tactical wear than lingerie, a spandex riposte to those who’d say that dressing in the post-#MeToo era means covering up. “People are tired of [the idea that] the only way to empower women is with big suits,” says Arsenault, who was inspired by the girls he grew up with in the hard-core punk scene in Montreal. “They would…