September 20, 2013 Issue

Cover story U.S.
Can we ever stop the cycle? How one lawmaker lost his job fighting for gun control. And why he'd do it again.

An Iconoclast's Next Act

Noreena Hertz was the darling of the anti-globalization set for her 2001 bestseller 'The Silent Takeover.' Now, with her newest book, she's looking to shake up a whole new field: the expertise industry.
In Focus

London Fashion’s Hit Parade

London Fashion Week, which closed earlier this week, once played younger sibling to New York, Milan, and Paris. But recently the city’s mix of established designers and talented up-and-comers has proven London to be a definitive capital in the fashion world. Never was that clearer than on the Spring/Summer 2014 runways, with venerable British designers Tom Ford and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey showing vibrant collections. Many of the city’s relative newcomers—including Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, and J.W. Anderson—are quickly following in the footsteps of Britain’s household names. And the proof is in the purchasing: British designers have become more important than ever before, according to international buyers. The icing on the cake was the announcement of Peter Pilotto, the British brand famous for its digital prints, as the next designer collaboration for Target.   Above, Burberry, the ultimate in iconic British design, presented a garden party on the runway. With a front row packed with celebrities, including Sienna Miller and One Direction’s Harry Styles, Bailey delivered a collection that was flirty and whimsical. Standout pieces included petal-shaped sunglasses, lacy separates, and soft cashmere in pastel colors. See more highlights from the London runways.   —Erin Cunningham
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A Tall Order

The sky isn't the limit for an architect building the world's first invisible skyscraper.

Kingmaker in the Making

A Democratic Iowa congressman could inherit one of the nation's heavier mantles when Senator Harkin retires next year.

An Uncensored Candidate

Steve Lonegan is a very conservative politician in a pretty liberal state, but at least you can't accuse him of pandering.
What chipmunk vision can teach us about our own eyesight.
The man who started the Creative Revolution, George Lois, reviews Robin Williams's new sitcom about an advertising agency.

You Are What You Buy

Phil Collins's video installation shows the lengths we'll go to just for a feeling.