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Crowd Pleasers vs. Critical Darlings: Ranks the Fall 2013 Runways (Sneak Peek!)

This morning, we're happy to bring you a sneak peek of's Fall 2013 Issue. For Spring 2013, the biannual magazine impressed us with a cover featuring industry favorite Cara Delevingne, photographed by Matt Irwin, and an edition chockfull of on-point Fashion Week coverage. This season, the glossy changed gears, featuring the more obscure Swedish model Ellinore Erichsen, photographed by Alasdair McLellan and styled in Christopher Kane (she was a standout at the designer's latest runway show). 

Like its Spring 2013 predecessor, this issue has no shortage of relevant content: The cover was pulled from a spread dedicated to Kane, which was shot in his native Scotland; there's a profile on pop singer Grimes, another on Kristen McMenamy; a featurette on Chinese model Xiao Wen Ju written by Susie Bubble; an article by Nick Tosches on the subject of punk and fashion in anticipation of the upcoming Met exhibit; artwork and an exclusive interview with Rei Kawakubo of Comme Des Garçons. Whew. It's nice to see a magazine pull off "smart" without being pretentious or inaccessible. 

All the special content is well and good great, but my favorite parts of the magazine are two of the regular features, which appear from issue to issue: "Top 10 Most Viewed Shows ( Readers Rank the Collections)" and "Top 10 Collections As Ranked By the Editors of" It's a smart way to mine the web content and translate it to print, and it just goes to show that in the new world order, the listicle really is king. 

Most Viewed Shows

  1. Chanel
  2. Saint Laurent
  3. Valentino
  4. Balenciaga
  5. Louis Vuitton
  6. Prada
  7. Givenchy
  8. Dolce & Gabbana
  9. Marc Jacobs
  10. Christian Dior

Top 10 Editor Collections

  1. Hermes
  2. Celine
  3. Givenchy
  4. Christopher Kane
  5. Prada
  6. Lanvin
  7. Marc Jacobs
  8. Proenza Schouler
  9. Undercover
  10. Chanel

Very much worth noting that the most popular shows, traffic-wise, weren't neccessarily the best-reviewed — but the overlap between the two lists isn't insignificant.

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