WELCOME TO NEUE LUXURY
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.