The A/W16 edition of AnOther Magazine has arrived! Acquiring a copy is of paramount importance. Here's why...
1. Listen in on a series of conversations between Demna Gvasalia and Alexander Fury, which occur over a six-month period dating from Gvasalia’s appointment as artistic director of Balenciaga to the moments after he presented his debut collection. Fury’s unparalleled access paints an insightful portrait of the designer du jour, who articulates his vision with clarity and candour: “You have to destroy a garment to make a new one.”
2. Marvel at Nick Knight and Katie Shillingford’s sculptural interpretation of the A/W16 Comme des Garçons collection – which, as Rei Kawakubo eloquently tells Susannah Frankel, was fuelled by her vision of “women in the 18th century who wanted to live strongly.” Kawakubo’s avant-garde vision, teamed with Knight and Shillingford’s modern approach, results in the remarkable manifestation of an “18th-Century Punk.”
3. Join Azzedine Alaïa’s table for lunch alongside Susannah Frankel and an enormous Saint Bernard. Savour many valuable insights into the designer’s creative practice and the familial relationship he builds with the people who surround him – including supermodel Naomi Campbell, who in turn reveals how Alaïa once nursed her bumped head with a frozen leg of lamb.
4. Be compelled by Christopher and Tammy Kane’s most personal interview to date. Written by Deborah Orr on the 10th anniversary of the lauded label, the feature explores how the siblings have successfully spun the experiences of their youth into sartorial gold – and is accompanied by Roe Ethridge and Karen Langley’s presentation of Christopher Kane’s A/W16 collection, which was inspired by their grandmother.
5. Allow Katy England’s A/W16 Edit of the Season to whet your style appetite. Deconstructed tailoring, quilted outerwear and a glorious array of platform boots feature throughout, documented by Craig McDean, alongside some phenomenal makeup courtesy of Peter Philips.
6. Discover the literary volumes that have wired the boundless imagination of Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy. This issue’s Document editors plundered their bookshelves to curate the curious selection, which includes works by Lewis Carroll and Oscar Wilde, in addition to a particularly visceral interview with a cannibal.
7. Step inside the wild world of Gilbert and George with Jo-Ann Furniss, who unravels the philosophy behind the artists’ expletive new work, The Fucksophy, and Alasdair McLellan, who captures the pair in the comfort of their beloved Spitalfields home.
George: “Got fucked and fucked.”
George: “They’re fuckers.”
8. Feel empowered by Nell Kalonji and Yelena Yemchuk’s intimate showcase of this season’s most stimulating fashion in Transparent, Silk, Skin, Sex. With French lace underpinnings, modern corsetry and the unusual placement of pearls, satisfaction is guaranteed.
9. Watch the season’s progressive cuts and exaggerated proportions come to life in Agata Belcen’s exquisite fashion story by Johnny Dufort, which also stars a ferret and an albino rabbit. What more could you possibly want?
10. Be swept away to the tree-lined streets of Paris in Alister Mackie and Ethan James Green’s story, Sidewalking, where Paris Is Burning meets haute couture.
And one for luck... Willy Vanderperre and Katy England have viewed contemporary fashion through the lens of picture perfect postcards of the British countryside in a story that features Paul Hameline lounging on a Dorset beach, and Suzi Leenaars reclining in an idyllic field of bluebells. Pick up a limited-edition run of the images turned into a set of actual postcards at IDEA Books at Dover Street Market London: the best style souvenir you’ll ever find.
AnOther Magazine A/W16 goes on sale from September 15th, 2016.