Va­ri­ety is the Spice of Life

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Fash­ion is in limbo at the mo­ment. Fol­low­ing the shifts of sev­eral cre­ative di­rec­tors in a num­ber of brands, some ma­jor la­bels are cur­rently pre­par­ing to em­brace the “see now, buy now” ap­proach start­ing this sea­son on­wards. But with the fall run­way shows al­ready tak­ing place early this year, we are priv­i­leged to sa­vor what are per­haps the last fash­ion weeks or­ches­trated in or­derly dates through­out the year.

On a slightly re­lated note, “dig­i­tal” has been a mantra re­peated over and over again as the in­evitable force that has pushed us to­ward these cur­rent changes. Ev­ery­thing needs to go faster, have a global reach and stay con­stantly up-to-date. And it’s not only the fash­ion in­dus­try, as we, too, are spurred to keep up with this new pace. I’ve shot Dan Mur­phy in Bali, while our in-house cre­ative di­rec­tor, Mitchell nguyen McCor­mack, cap­tured two high­pro­file mod­els for the cov­ers of this is­sue in Lon­don. At the same time, we had our ed­i­tors trav­el­ing far and wide to gather news from around the world—you are more than wel­come to browse through our so­cial me­dia pages and web­site to get the lat­est up­dates in real-time.

In­ter­est­ingly, that “dig­i­tal” per­spec­tive also en­tails a de­mand for di­ver­sity. Mod­els from var­i­ous eth­ni­cal back­grounds are now start­ing to share an equal amount of time un­der the lime­light, so to speak, and sev­eral cam­paigns take it to the next level by high­light­ing a par­tic­u­lar mi­nor­ity—H&M x Kenzo and Puma’s Fenty, for in­stance. In a sim­i­lar vein, this is­sue high­lights mod­els hail­ing from dif­fer­ent parts of the world, with An­drey Zakharov from Rus­sia, Oliver Cheshire from Eng­land, An­drés Ve­len­coso from Spain and John Hein from the U.S. The list of de­sign­ers in­ter­viewed is no less eclec­tic: Chris­tian Louboutin from France, Tommy Hil­figer from the U.S., Pablo Cop­pola from Ar­gentina, Lello Cal­drelli from Italy and ni­cola Formichetti who now calls Ja­pan his home. Round­ing up the list is, of course, DA

MAnStyle that is head­quar­tered in In­done­sia. We, the whole team, are very proud with this is­sue, and we hope you en­joy read­ing it as well. And with us, it’s not just “see now, buy now,” but, quite ac­cord­ingly, also “read now.” For an added challenge, you can hunt down both ex­clu­sive cov­ers and tag us on so­cial me­dia—I’ll al­ways keep an eye on those.

An­drés Ve­len­coso

Oliver Cheshire

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