Vogue Serves Up Patriotism With A Side Of Pretty

A few years ago, red-blooded patriotism was the sort of thing reserved for the backwoods. You know — the breed of Croc-lovers, distinguishable by their fur-flung caps, and firm belief in the sartorial supremacy of the elastic waistband. Well, fast-forward and all that was once frowned upon is now in Vogue. Literally.

Feast your eyes on the latest batch of snaps from the magazine’s May issue, a sartorial ode to all things American and beautiful.

Lensed by David Sim, the nationalistic spread captures the icons of American style — Lara Stone as a red-carpet siren, Chanel Iman as a fringe-happy flapper and a sweatshirt clad Daria Werbowy as a corseted Gibson Girl — all looking proudly patriotic. Even militant.

And true to form, the rag’s styling is pretty right on — we’re loving Karlie as a fresh-faced socialite — though the tomboy in us is missing a Rosie the Riverter. (Karlie in overalls, anyone?) Moreover, it’s it perfect step with this year’s fast-approaching¬†Costume Institute Gala –themed around (you guessed it)¬†The American Woman. From superheroes and supermodels to ordinary women –from the looks of things, the ever aspirational Ms. Wintour seems to have gotten grounded. But the recession will do that to a woman.

Wonder if there’s a red, white and blue carpet in the near future?

Frida Gustavsson and Karlie Kloss as heiresses.

Chanel Iman’s flapper girl.

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