Our cover story tests the limits of style without a human subject, projecting the absences that have defined the year.

Après-sun attitude: designer beach towels hang out in style.

Sneakers that can head from the boardwalk to the beach, boutique to the bar.

Architectural curves and a sharp sense of style frame our favourite looks from the fall/winter collections.

Moody lighting lends a bad-boy vibe to our favourite clean-cut styles from the men’s spring/summer collections.

A slick dreamworld juxtaposed with the vivid colours and patterns of wardrobe accessories from the autumn/winter collections.

Wardrobe essentials you’ll need to get your autumn arsenal in proper working order.

Accessory essentials from the fall/winter 2011 collections.

Editor: Claudia Cusano. Art Director: Mark Reynolds. Producer: Katie Nanton. Hair & Makeup: Brenda Bakker for Lizbell Agency. Model: Laurence for Richard’s Model Management. Photographer’s Assistant: Cory Dawson. Set Design: Hitoshi Okamoto. Paint provided by Farrow & Ball: All White No. 2005, Eco-Friendly Dead Flat.