Friday, August 15, 2014

An Education: W Magazine Goes Back to School

The September issue of W Magazine is out, and in honor of the back-to-school season, power duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott decided to send supermodels like Daria Werbowy, Kate Moss, Raquel Zimmerman, and Lara Stone to Fashion High, so to speak.

The dress code at their fantasy boarding school? Apparently, mini skirts (including Saint Laurent, IRO, Christopher Kane, and Versace), bra tops (see Kiki de Montparnasse and VPL), combat boots (Doc Martens make a strong showing), lumberjack checks and classic plaids (a la Isabel Marant and Tommy Hilfiger), and sleek turtlenecks (look to Ralph Lauren Black Label). Think London prep with a gothic edge. Thoroughly early-to mid nineties, very "smoking under the bleachers."

A spread like this feels right because no matter how old you get, the mere word "September" still conjures up those first-day jitters and the feeling that summer's doom is fast impending. Such an editorial softens the blow, at least a bit. Check out the spread below, and see how it measures up against a selection of other fictional high school moments:

The Craft (1996)

Clueless (1995)

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Heathers (1988)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

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