Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Saturday Morning Style

Remember the days when supermodels ruled the world? It was sometime in the early '90s when Naomi, Cindy and Christy graced the cover of every Elle, Vogue and Glamor on the shelves. (If this era predates you, please return to your Webkins now.)

With the turn of the century and the advent of online media, struggling print publishers quickly let starlets depose models as a way to sell more magazines. Actresses are beginning to loose some favor in the fashion world, but the cult of celebrity is still going strong... And frankly, if I see the Kardashian sisters on another cover, I'm going to tear my eyes out.

But, lo, what's this? Is there a new breed of cover model in town? After flirting briefly with the use of children as fashion plates (see here and here), it looks like the magazine industry is turning to cartoons.

A second Elle Taiwan cover for Hello Kitty [via Racked] / More from Miss Piggy's InStyle spread [via WWD]

Miss Piggy made a splash with an eight-page spread in the November issue of InStyle, modeling custom-designed duds by the likes of Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung. And, now, Hello Kitty is having her moment with two separate covers for the December anniversary issue of Elle Taiwan.

Next up? I vote for Daria to pose in Comme des Garçons on the cover of Purple.

OK, so perhaps this trend isn't sustainable, but let's enjoy it while we can. It certainly is creative, and at least it can tide us over until Coco and Lindsey are household names.


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