Versace has named Madonna, notorious icon of the 80s, 90s, and well, the indefinite future, its spokesperson for the fourth time. Madonna replaces last year’s face (and rumored rival) Lady Gaga in next spring’s campaign: a 12-page spread where she appears ageless, wild, and every bit in step with her younger self.

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This latest collaboration between the superstar and the luxury fashion house will appear in Vanity Fair and the American, French, and Italian editions of Vogue. Of Madonna’s persona, Donatella Versace tells the New York Times, “She is her own woman, a role model who shows other women how we can do what we want, and get what we want, and do so for all of our lives, with no compromise.”

Madonna’s triumphant return marks 10 years since her last partnership with Versace. For the woman who literally taught us how to vogue, it’s only right that she revisit the pages to remind us how it’s done.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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December 8, 2014

On Monday night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine finally announced their latest Fashion Fund winner (drumroll please): Paul Andrew. The British-born shoe and accessories designer has worked at major labels, including Donna Karan and Alexander McQueen, and notably outfitted Lupita Nyong’o with red pumps at this year’s Golden Globes.

Paul Andrew CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner

Image via Style.com.

Impressed yet? This big honor puts him in the same league as past winners Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler. Along with bragging rights, Andrew took home $300,000 and a yearlong mentorship with a fashion power player of his choice. His pick? Nike CEO Mark Parker. Andrew told Style.com, “The core of my business is great design with added comfort, and that is very much what Nike is about, too. I would love to be able to pick his brain and, ultimately, collaborate with him.”

With the prize money, Andrew plans to design the most-comfortable shoes on the market. Heels that look good and feel good? Sign me up ASAP.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 5, 2014

Vogue recently turned the camera on itself for the fifth edition of its “73 Questions” web series, asking Editor in Chief Anna Wintour a rapid-fire round of mind-probing inquiries. From Anna’s morning routine (5AM wake-up call, Starbucks in hand) to her biggest phobia (like many of us, it’s spiders), we get a personal peek at the famously guarded power player.

Among the predictable questions (Favorite flower? Tuberose.), there were plenty of style-related matters peppered in. The one word Anna wishes the industry would quit using? “Journey.” Thoughts on Brooklyn? “It’s the new Silicon Valley.” And contrary to the fashion stereotype, she would never be caught wearing head-to-toe black.

Spare five minutes this morning to see Anna answer the other 66 questions at vogue.com.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 11, 2014

Remember Flat Stanley, the paper cutout you’d send to distant friends and family in elementary school, begging to be snapped in exotic places? Vogue does, and it re-envisioned the childhood favorite in a very high-fashion way. The magazine printed and distributed a “small army” of 3D-printed mini Karlie Kloss dolls, in a variety of poses from the ubiquitous model du jour. The 50 figurines spent 80 days traveling to 22 cities, getting the star treatment in clever photo shoots around the world.

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Karlie’s long legs and coy smile have been spotted at Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China, Niagara Falls, and even the moon. Like any good international voyage, her tour of the continents was not without hiccups. Vogue notes that more than a dozen limbs were broken in transit (ouch!) and that the mini Karlie was escorted off the Acropolis in Greece. Head to Vogue for the dolls’ complete photo diary and even go behind-the-scenes of her 3D shoot. You’ll never feel so envious of a piece of plastic.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 4, 2014

You’ve seen the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral campaign raising money and awareness for ALS, on your feed and in the news. Nominees either post a video of themselves dumping ice on their heads or make a donation. The latest A-list participant? Vogue’s editor in chief, Anna Wintour.

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This week, Anna was drenched in chilly water like a true champ, accepting a nomination from her daughter Bee Schaffer. And yes, she even kept her signature sunglasses on.

It looks like Anna will need to restyle her impeccable bob, stat. But for a good cause, we’re sure she won’t mind.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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August 21, 2014

Ah, September: the biggest month of the year as far as fashion and our favorite glossies go. We expect magazines to pull out all the stops in these mega issues, and this year they certainly don’t disappoint. Today, Vogue confirmed that its September cover boasts not one, but three of-the-moment models. The interior spread expands to show six more, for a total count of nine dazzling women.

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Not only were these cover girls chosen for their prowess in front of the lens, but Vogue also dubs them “the Instagirls,” a generation of social media–savvy models rapidly building their own personal brands. From left to right, you see Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, and Karlie Kloss (all on the cover itself), followed by Arizona Muse, Edie Campbell, Imaan Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente, and Andreea Diaconu.

The sunny spread, filled with striking fall textiles, was shot by famed photographer Mario Testino. If this layout looks familiar, it might be because ten years ago the magazine also featured nine supermodels (including Gisele Bündchen and Daria Werbowy) on its September issue cover, photographed by Steven Meisel.

With major titles (Vogue and W included) hinting at a new class of top models, I suspect that Karlie and Cara are reaching the level of 90s-era Cindy and Kate. Except now they’re not just household names – their fandom extends throughout the Internet, too.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 18, 2014

The term “art history” brings back near-torturous memories of freshman year. But take those iconic (and yes, occasionally yawn-inducing) works of art and add luxury items? Now you have my attention, and that of the hilarious Instagram account @copylab.

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Image via Vogue.com

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August 6, 2014

What combines the nostalgia of temporary tattoos with must-try jewelry trends? Flash tattoos – luminous silver and gold press-on designs ranging from geometric patterns to henna motifs and even palm trees. The trend confidently goes where your jewelry collection can’t, at least not safely: beachside, pool parties, festivals, and wherever showing skin is encouraged.

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Image via FlashTat.com

Spotted on Coachella-goers (including supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio) and Miami Swim Week runways, this metallic “ink” begs to be experimented with before bronzed summer skin gets covered up by fall’s cozy sweaters. While a metallic feather might grace your bicep or hip, jewelry-inspired designs reminiscent of knuckle rings, dainty anklets, or bib necklaces layer beautifully with your own baubles. Vogue.com Senior Fashion Editor Jorden Bickham says: “It becomes an illusion – the kind of thing where people have to ask, ‘Is that your jewelry or is that a tattoo?’”

Part of the appeal (particularly for commitment-phones) is that the gilded look is gone in a flash. The tats only last four to six days, but if you flaunt them while soaking up rays, don’t be surprised when the tan lines hang around. Just think of them as a memento from your sun-filled adventures.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 29, 2014

Here comes the bride. Twenty-eight-year-old beauty and fashion mogul Olivia Palermo tied the knot this weekend with her beau, Johannes Huebl, the German model (not bad) she’s been dating since 2008. The ceremony? Small and intimate. The dress? Nonexistent.

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Image via Vogue

That’s right. After months of debate – will she wear Cavalli? Valentino? – Palermo landed on a Carolina Herrera “dress” that was, in fact, not a dress at all. Just a light cashmere sweater and tulle skirt over simple shorts. A bold choice, yet would you expect anything less of the trendsetter?

Her “something blue”? The same Manolos Carrie Bradshaw married Mr. Big in during the Sex and the City movie. Turns out the flick is an old favorite of Palermo’s. (No runaway bride for Johannes, fortunately.)

For more wedding details and pictures, head to Vogue.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 30, 2014

It looks like this year’s most-talked-about model, Cara Delevingne, is neglecting her beauty sleep. The stunner fell asleep not once, but twice the day of her much-anticipated Vogue profile.

First, she showed up late to her interview because, as she told writer Plum Sykes, she never wakes up more than ten minutes before she has to go anywhere. Then, as the two were getting massages, Cara proceeded to snooze again, leaving Plum waiting in the lobby.

In her defense, she was just dubbed the face of Topshop, and her schedule is jam-packed with appearances, photo shoots, and parties. But maybe before her next interview, she should grab a triple shot of espresso.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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June 27, 2014