In a recent FACT interview rapper and producer El-P was on to something when he said, “I don’t think ‘fuck you’ ever goes out of style.” No matter the moment in fine art, architecture, literature, music, or especially fashion, the need to savage the past and present in order to create anew will always exist.
Last month the Prada F/W 2011 campaign by Steven Meisel rolled out worldwide taking over commercial hoardings, in-store signage, and of course the opening pages of almost every proper fashion magazine on the planet that has published an issue since then.
“Last, a brief word about this month’s fashion,” writes Vogue editor in chief Ann Wintour in her editor’s letter from the August 2011 “age issue.” She concludes that fashion is an endeavor teeming with surprise (see also Céline Resort 2012 and Givenchy Resort 2012).
The consensus about yesterday’s Evandro Soldati video for W by Santiago Sierra was a collective sproing! that tickled our Facebook Wall and caressed our Twitter mentions. Such is the captivating power of the 6’2″ (188 cm) Brazilian that he returns to this page for a print encore in the form of a Details August 2011 editorial by photographer Robbie Fimmano.
And finally, freedom, specifically Tar 5 Spring 2011 that takes the concept as its point of departure for such disparate contributors as the recently-freed Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, Moroccan psychiatrist Rita El Khayat, and Centre Pompidou curator Christine Marcel.
Tracking down every last fall campaign in which Ford talent features is not unlike assembling a Panini World Cup sticker album. Collecting the stickers can be well tedious compared to actually watching Lionel Messi tear defenses asunder.
Last week photographer Santiago Sierra‘s work surfaced on this page in the form of that excellent Luciana Curtis Elle México cover story. Although his work is relatively new to this page, he has a long since established his name in the industry as the go-to auteur for fine moving imagery.
What would summer be without reruns? In a word, cruel. That could well be a motivating thought behind the decision by Vogue Portugal’s editor in chief Paula Mateus to reprint Karmen Pedaru‘s Cédric Buchet editorial from Vogue Paris juin / juilett 2011 as her magazine’s August 2011 cover story.
The leopardess may not be able to change her spots, but that’s not to say she cannot further accentuate them with a Christian Louboutin Kathena leopard-print clutch. Come again? Indeed and that is in fact the bold look put forth in the early pages of V72, “The Transformation Issue,” by photographer Gregory Harris and V fashion & marketing editor Catherine Newell-Hason.