From Gucci to Gareth Pugh, Lana Del Rey to Marianne Lane, we chart the sartorial highs of the year
It has been a big year in fashion; Alessandro Michele was appointed Creative Director at Gucci in January, while Raf Simons and Alber Elbaz left their titles behind at their respective houses (with Elbaz proclaiming a determined manifesto against fast fashion to us only weeks beforehand). In a pioneering exploration into trans-media narrative, Tilda Swinton graced two of the four covers of AnOther Magazine A/W15 as her A Bigger Splash character Marianne Lane – and the charismatic Lana Del Rey and Cillian Murphy appeared on issues of Another Man. We took instruction from Iris Apfel; Gareth Pugh resurrected old Soho; Comme des Garçons conjured blue velvet-clad witches on the runway... ultimately, it's been a very impressive year. In honour of the fact, here we reflect on some of the greatest AnOther fashion moments of 2015, those that marked significant change in the industry, as well as those that transported us into their own, fantastical universes.
AnOther Unveiled MOVEment
In April of this year, AnOther Magazine launched MOVEment: a series of films which were years in the making, which saw fashion industry greats such as Prada and Alexander McQueen collaborating with filmmakers including Daniel Askill and Ryan Heffington, alonside choreographers such as Marie-Agnes Gillot and AyaBambi. The seven shorts – initially presented at Sadlers Wells and then launched exclusively on AnOthermag.com – were a celebration of kinetic couture, championing a harmonious, inter-disciplinary collaboration the likes of which had never been seen before.
Alessandro Michele Revolutionised Gucci
It seems almost inconceivable that it was only in January of this year than Alessandro Michele presented his first collection for Gucci, so ingrained and influential has his aesthetic become. Roe Ethridge's study of his new contemporary, presented in AnOther Magazine A/W15, was a Lynchian interpretation of his now renowned romance; a subversion of its timeless florals, transporting it into Ethridge's own universe.
Lana Del Rey Gave Good Face on the Cover of Another Man
Captured by the inimitable force of Alasdair McLellan and Alister Mackie, for S/S15 Lana Del Ray became one of Another Man's coverstars – her 60s Hollywood aesthetic transformed into otherworldly glamour by the duo. If that wasn't compelling enough, the issue even came with a pull-out poster featuring Lana on one side and fellow coverstar Jarvis Cocker on the other. Perfect.
Craig McDean, Masha Vasyukova and Katie Shillingford Presented a Filmic Ode to Maison Margiela
When John Galliano debuted his creative directorship of Maison Margiela in Autumn/Winter 2015, it was an integral moment in the fashion industry: a marriage of two of fashion's best-regarded names and most distinctive aesthetics. To accompany Susannah Frankel's intimate interview with Galliano himself, featured in AnOther Magazine A/W15, Craig McDean, Masha Vasyukova and AnOther Fashion Director Katie Shillingford joined forces to create this incredible film homage to the collection and the curious characters that informed it.
Iris Apfel Gave us Lessons on Life and Style
"I didn’t come here to give an essay on how to be a critical old bitch or anything like that, but that’s the way I see it," proclaimed the formidable presence that is Iris Apfel, just as we sat down to speak with her in advance of her eponymous documentary's release. The lessons we learned from her – that it's better to be happy than well dressed, that practicality is key, and that technological caution is a necessity – are ones that will stay with us long past the close of 2015.
Gareth Pugh Ressurected Old Soho in Style
Following his A/W15 return to London, prodigal son Gareth Pugh took S/S16 as an opportunity to explore the city he made his name in – and the powerful force of gentrification cleansing it of its salacious underbelly. What resulted on the catwalk was a series of supernaturally attractive women decked in latex and corsetry armoured with pennies – and off the runway, Ruth Hogben's film documented the collection's Soho narrative, which premiered exclusively on AnOthermag.com.
Comme des Garçons Meditated on Magic
"There are fashion designers and then there is Rei Kawakubo, occupying a space all of her own: a space filled with power, emotion, fearlessness and even love," wrote Susannah Frankel on Comme des Garçons' S/S16 show. Her exploration of the fantastical theme "blue witches," accompanied by exclusive imagery from the showroom documenting the incredible fabrication of the 16-look collection, provided a sublime record of fashion history in the making.
Marianne Lane Made Trans-media History
In a publishing first, Tilda Swinton appeared in AnOther Magazine A/W15 both shot and interviewed in character as Marianne Lane, the protagonist in Luca Guadagnino's upcoming film A Bigger Splash. Dressed in Dior, the legendary rockstar discussed the loss of her voice with Glenn O'Brien – and the troubling nature of fame itself – in a manner which blurred the boundaries between the real and the unreal.
Cillian Murphy Graced the Cover of Another Man
For Another Man's A/W15 Grand Tour issue, Cillian Murphy took centre stage on one of the four covers – and this beautifully atmospheric video of the shoot (photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Alister Mackie) showed the heartthrob actor in all of his glory...
Jo-Ann Furniss Met Rick Owens' Kitten, Gaia
Rick Owens' S/S16 fashion show – a brilliantly intimate, harness-laden interpretation of Leigh Bowery's performance art – was the catalyst for Jo-Ann Furniss' report on the "sprawling suburban domesticity" that had supposedly infested Owens' Parisian home, and an opportunity for us to tour his incredibly curated interiors and meet his new Bengal kitten, Gaia.