Neue Luxury - - News - A note from our Ed­i­tor in Chief BRETT PHILLIPS Ed­i­tor in Chief

Our mem­o­ries are ar­guably the most pow­er­ful as­pect of our iden­tity. They hold au­thor­ity over our self es­teem and help us to nav­i­gate the con­tent of our char­ac­ter. Upon re­flec­tion, our mem­o­ries can be­come an ob­ses­sive cel­e­bra­tion of the past, in­tri­cately in­flu­enced by our present imag­i­na­tion. In this, our most evoca­tive is­sue to date, we ex­plore the no­tion of mem­ory and seek to un­der­stand how our re­mem­bered past and present imag­i­na­tion os­cil­late in our con­scious­ness, tan­ta­lis­ing our senses and forc­ing us to iden­tify and as­sess the world around us.

To that end we dis­cuss the phi­los­o­phy of mem­ory with Da­mon Young (p.1) whilst travers­ing the ar­chi­tec­tural topol­ogy of San­cak­lar Mosque lo­cated on the out­skirts of Is­tan­bul (p.2). We take time to re­mem­ber the late David Bowie (p.5) and con­trast his oeu­vre and global in­flu­ence on mu­sic, art and cul­ture to that of leg­endary per­former Grace Jones (p.6) and myth­i­cal Joy Divi­sion front­man Ian Cur­tis (p.19). Ex­cit­edly we pull up a chair at Os­te­ria Frances­cana and sali­vate over the ideas and in­flu­ences that drive chef pa­tron Mas­simo Bot­tura (p.17). Cir­cling back to New York we revel in the world of famed ar­chi­tect and col­lec­tor, Peter Marino (p.10) while re­flect­ing upon the life of enig­matic pho­tog­ra­pher Bob Richard­son (p.12). Last and of course not least, we pay homage to Tom of Fin­land, and ex­plore how the artist’s work blurred the lines of re­straint and plea­sure while dis­sect­ing one of the great themes of West­ern cul­ture— the pa­gan glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of the ideal male form.

Im­por­tantly, we start the year with our third is­sue of Neue Fash­ion and take the time to thank our foun­da­tion part­ner Har­rolds Aus­tralia’s Lux­ury Depart­ment Store for their on­go­ing and ex­tra­or­di­nary sup­port. Neue Fash­ion sign­posts our col­lec­tive com­mit­ment to pre­sent­ing a spe­cific and pointed dis­cus­sion on lux­ury fash­ion in the 21st cen­tury. I trust that you will en­joy our mem­ory is­sue along with the many lay­ers, per­son­al­i­ties and sto­ries that we have un­cov­ered along the way.

Cover im­age: © Photo by Sukita/the David Bowie Archive.

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