Letter from the Editor: Fall Fashion 2012

The Fall 2012 runways were rife with dramatic designs, and with Fashion’s Night Out and Boston Fashion Week just around the corner, we couldn’t resist staging a fashion show of our own — with a special STUFF twist. So for our Fall Fashion spread, we had our models play the parts of the crew, tackling hair, makeup, wardrobe, and all the other backstage tasks. Of course, since they were clad in fall’s wild prints and luxe fabrics, this behind-the-scenes team couldn’t help but seize the spotlight. Check out the results in “Scene Stealers.” (And keep an eye out for model Leila Goldkuhl: she played a supporting role in this spread, but now the Framingham beauty is strutting her stuff on the just-premiered season of America’s Next Top Model. We have high hopes for her — after all, one of our Fall Fashion models from last year, Olivia Culpo, now boasts the title of Miss USA.)

Speaking of women in the spotlight, few locals know its glow better than the subject of our second feature: Marilyn Riseman. You may have seen the octogenarian style icon at swank events around town, sporting her signature kabuki-style maquillage, surrounded by throngs of young things eager for a word. Maybe you wondered, what’s the story there? Scott Kearnan raided her closet to find out. Using pieces from her epic wardrobe, he reveals the many fascinating facets of Boston’s grandest grande dame in “The Elements of Style.”

There are plenty more fab finds outside the feature well. In Get Cultured, Miles Howard offers a sneak peek at an exhibit of haute hats coming to Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum. In Get Close, Renata Certo-Ware chats with designer Michael Bastian, whose fall collection for Gant — which just set up shop in the Back Bay — draws inspiration from his years in the Boston area. Meanwhile, MC Slim JB digs into some truly old-timey eats at new South End spot Kitchen in Food Coma, while Luke O’Neil squeezes the last bit of boozy goodness out of summer, rounding up some of the city’s most mouth-watering watermelon drinks in Liquid.

Fun stuff, indeed. But Fall Fashion is special for another reason. You hold in your hands the final issue of STUFF as we know it. We’d insert a sob here, but we’re actually pretty pumped: we’re joining forces with our buddies at the Boston Phoenix to create a brand-spankin’ new glossy magazine, The Phoenix. Each week, it’ll combine the cutting-edge style, dining, drinking, nightlife, and pop-culture coverage you know from STUFF with the Boston Phoenix’s award-winning politics and arts reporting — and pack in lots of new surprises, too. Look for it on September 21. Until then, thanks for reading. We’ve loved exploring the best of Boston with you.