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ELLE Editor's Blog: The editor reviews the September issue



Whyred dress at Liberty

Vintage Miu Miu shoes

Every issue of ELLE magazine is a labour of love for me and the team but September, the fashion issue, is perhaps our best loved of the year. I have been so absorbed in the Olympics I've neglected to tell you the best bits of your new-season magazine; that's unlike me! So here they are:

New Shoes: There's loafers – elegant and chunky heeled, the Topshop Unique patent-leather knee-high boots everyone will want, and a pair of Stella McCartney faux-leather pointy-toed ankle boots you will have on your shopping wish list for some time to come. We discuss the right height of the new small-heel trend for you and Avril Mair tells you what to wear it with.

High-street hitlist: Our Style for Less shoot by Natalie Wansbrough-Jones shows you how to wear the new season's boyish silhouette. Get that tweed, £69, wool jacket from Next before it sells out is my advice. And after seeing the shoot I am tempted to go for a kilt. Yes you heard me, a kilt.

The new JonathanSaunders coat I have ordered made it into the issue, but I wasn't brave enough to reveal my shopping diary like Anne-Marie Curtis, our fashion director. She lists everything she's bought for the new season. I've been shopping with AMC – she's the most efficient shopper you'll ever meet, not just the most stylish.

We persuade YouTube make-up guru Tanya Burr to talk us through her make-up bag and we interview world-famous make-up artist and ELLE magazine columnist Lisa Eldridge about how she began her career. It's an inspirational journey and a great read for anyone who wants her job. Our beauty section gives you the best tips for a quick and easy blow dry and Emma Strenner talks us through her skin and the products right for your ethnic background.

Rebecca Lowthorpe interviews Mr Armani on a six-page extravaganza. It has taken eight years – ever since I started at ELLE - to get this interview, and it was definitely worth the wait. We also run a very moving piece from one of our ELLE talent competition runners-up about her feelings and recovery from an abortion in her twenties.

The Dr Martens bag is here. I love it!

The DM is a forever buy.

Dolce and Gabbana head band

All in one: One for all. Benefit genius.

This week the editor is:

Listening to Dizzee Rascal's Olympic single Scream

Watching The Olympics Closing Ceremony as a guest of Mr Armani in the Olympic Stadium. I know all the words to Spice Up Your Life. You'll hear me.

Buy the digital edition of the September issue now

Article comments COMMENTS
Stitchless Tree (Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:51:50 +0100): If you follow Stitchless TV you could make this dress in minutes! 'Fashion that's minutes from off the peg'.


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