Since Vogue isn't everyone's favorite fashion publication, I thought we'd reflect back on past issues of Harper's Bazaar for this week's fashion flashback. I received a few goodies last month, and this one particular issue ignited a sudden passion for back issues of the magazine (eBay really is your friend).
The February 2002 issue of Harper's Bazaar has Gisele on the front cover. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, the Brazilian goddess wears a red rayon plunge-front asymmetrical dress by Giorgio Armani and sandals from Manolo Blahnik. The magazine actually gave readers two covers to choose from. Cover one is a full-length shot, while the other is cropped from the waist up. Surprisingly, the back cover is reserved for a shot of Gisele with her back towards Demarchelier's lens, with "Fashion's Back" layered over the image. Not only is this design innovative, it's absolutely stunning. Originality is rare in the magazine industry nowadays, so you just have to hand it to the brains behind the idea!
Inside the magazine, the fashion doesn't stop. There are a total of seven fashion stories inside this thin February issue. We see images from photographers, such as Greg Kadel, Craig McDean, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and Demarchelier. Models include Stella Tennant, Jacquetta Wheeler, Erin Wasson, Carolyn Murphy, Bridget Hall and many more. It's fascinating to see how much the styles of the models and the photographers have changed over the years.