AnOther Magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary with a love letter to fashion
The Spring/Summer 2021 issue of AnOther Magazine is a special one, marking our 20th anniversary. It is a celebration of fashion: both the designers and creative teams who have been a part of our world since that very first issue and the new collaborators who we look forward to being a part of our world in the future. New love, old flames. The magazine brings together big names and newer ones, the next generation; profiling them and putting them in conversation with one another and with figures from other cultural spheres. As a further part of this celebration, we are making this issue free and available digitally for a limited time only to all our readers wherever in the world you are.(sign up here). Here are ten reasons to buy the magazine.
1. Kick off the celebrations with our model cover stars. Like a dream dinner party, models – the great stills actors of our time – front this issue, both familiar faces and rising stars. Including Lila Moss, who features on the cover of this magazine for the first time, photographed by Sharna Osborne and styled by Robbie Spencer, Kiki Willems, Adwoa Aboah, Ottawa Kwami, Rianne Van Rompaey, Malick Bodian, and Eliot Sumner – the latter of whom is photographed by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Alister Mackie.
2. Get an insight into the mind of the mother of fashion disruptors, Rei Kawakubo. Alongside imagery of her transportive, enchanting Spring/Summer 2021 collection, photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo, the Comme des Garçons founder discusses working throughout lockdown, digital media and ‘dissonance’. “The human brain always looks for harmony and logic,” she tells Susannah Frankel. “When harmony is denied, where there is no logic, when there is dissonance ... a powerful moment is created which leads you to feel an inner turmoil and a tension ... that can lead to finding positive change and progress”
3. Enter the quiet, gentle universe of Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen. Ten years after her first solo collection for Alexander McQueen was shown in Paris, the house’s creative director speaks to Susannah Frankel about craft, community, the power of femininity and her Spring/Summer 2021 collection, which is photographed by Craig McDean and styled by Katie Shillingford. “Making this collection was pretty much the one thing that I wasn’t worried about when we first went into lockdown,” she says. “Then, once we finally came back into the studio, these characters appeared. The clothes themselves were almost like characters – individual.”
4. Revel in the beauty of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino, as seen by Senta Simond and Ellie Grace Cumming. In the accompanying interview, the Italian designer talks to Alexander Fury about his modus operandi, saying, “My job is about delivering my idea of beauty, but related to the time I live in. I need to be a witness to my time – to give a different identity to the codes of Valentino, a different meaning to a world that everybody knows.”
5. Be a fly on the wall of unexpected, animated conversations between creatives. Including old friends such as Virgil Abloh and Shayne Oliver, and Haider Ackermann and Tilda Swinton; new friends like Adwoa Aboah and Jeremy O Harris, and Olivier Rousteing and Christine and the Queens; and even family members, with Silvia Venturini Fendi and her daughter Delfina; and more.
6. Indulge in fashion stories by a whole host of inspiring image-makers, from Jack Davison and Nell Kalonji, Casper Sejersen, Jackie Nickerson, Douglas Irvine, William Waterworth and Reuben Esser, Katerina Jebb, Bibi Borthwick, Isabelle Wenzel and Agata Belcen, Paul Kooiker, Robi Rodriguez, Ola Rindal and Giovanni Dario Laudicina, Valeria Herklotz, Roe Ethridge and Emma Wyman, Luis Alberto Rodriguez and Raphael Hirsch, and Tom Ordoyno and Rebecca Perlmutar.
7. Feast your eyes on the most desirable of this season’s clothes and accessories from the Spring/Summer collections in AnOther Loves. Exploring “Gloss, Excess, High Performance, and High Shine”, this curation comes courtesy of Katie Shillingford and Ellie Grace Cumming, who teamed up with Carlijn Jacobs to create this striking imagery.
8. Get lost in Document, which this issue is guest-edited by designer and obsessive collector Kim Jones, who opens up his archive of books and documents, tracing a path across a century of thought, linking Arthur Rimbaud with Steve Rubell via Virginia Woolf. “The thread running through it is that these different works – these people – were shaping society, changing society, defining society,” he says. “Creating communities and families. And there are strange connections, unexpected relationships – there’s a link between Orlando and what was going on at Studio 54.”
9. Immerse yourself in works by Britain’s greatest living painter David Hockney, chosen for Art Project by Julien Dossena. Alongside these images, the artistic director of Paco Rabanne and Hockney’s curator Edith Devaney take a new look at a period of great productivity for the artist.
10. Read Simone Rocha exalt Ireland, Craig Green fanboy over Kate Bush, and Christopher and Tammy Kane on not being inspired. Meanwhile, learn from Samuel Ross who speaks about space and ownership, Donatella Versace who discusses inclusivity, and Vivienne Westwood who talks about saving the world.
The Spring/Summer 2021 issue of AnOther Magazine will be on sale from 8 April, 2021. Sign up here for free access to the issue.