You are holding the fourth volume of StyleZeitgeist magazine in your hands. Putting it together has been another arduous but ultimately immensely gratifying experience. I am beginning to feel that this magazine is a miniature Hegelian experiment where out of clashes of creative minds arises something good and beautiful and true.
We are blessed with an extraordinarily talented team of writers and photographers. Philippe Pourhashemi outdid himself with his odes to Dries van Noten and Martin Margiela, and his words were adequately matched by the gorgeous photography of Marleen Daniels and Cici Olsson, who was granted exclusive access to Margiela’s artisanal atelier in Paris. Our arts editor, Matin Momen, did an outstanding job profiling the reserved Russian photographer Alexei Titarenko. Daniel Franco penned a profile of the tattoo artist Thomas Hooper.
We were privileged to go behind the scenes at Maurizio Amadei’s atelier for our Work in Process column, documenting the making of the M.A.+ Fall/Winter 2013 collection.
Keeping in mind our goal of bringing intelligence into the fashion dialogue, I interviewed Linda Loppa, the former head of the fashion program at the Antwerp Royal Academy, who is now bringing her magic to Polimoda in Florence. And I wrote my longest article to date on Aitor Throup, the young London designer, whose blazing intellect demanded nothing less.
Continuing our tradition of fusing fashion with other aspects of culture, two of our editorials took a cinematic turn with homages to Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” and Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal.”
As always, we have tried to infuse this volume with as much soul and passion as we possess. I hope you enjoy it.