Fashion Quarterly - - Editor's Letter -

There is a mo­ment in a woman’s life when she is greeted with a re-emerg­ing trend she would hap­pily have for­got­ten for­ever. As a best-case sce­nario and a rule of thumb, the fash­ion cy­cle says she will get a full 20 years be­fore the in­evitable oc­curs, which had me think­ing I had a few years to go be­fore I was forced to re­visit the dire fash­ions of the early 2000s. Alas, no such luck. As I look through this issue of Fash­ion Quar­terly I’m hit by waves of anx­i­ety, hor­ror and – okay I’ll ad­mit it – nos­tal­gia, as page af­ter page con­firms that the 2000s re­dux is here. Too soon, you cry? Well, so did we. But tak­ing in the spring/sum­mer 2017 shows where the run­ways were re­plete with white, pedal pusher-es­que cropped trousers (Dior), and spaghetti strap, hal­ter-neck, hand­ker­chief-hem dresses (Ba­len­ci­aga), I con­fess I got a lit­tle ex­cited about the prospect of ex­per­i­ment­ing with fash­ion’s past. The good news is that these looks and the var­i­ous ways to wear them are still fresh in our mem­o­ries. The even bet­ter news is that if you’re of a cer­tain vin­tage, the chances of shop­ping from your own wardrobe back-cat­a­logue are high. And if you’re still feel­ing un­cer­tain, let Phoebe Watt de­code the trend for you in ‘A New Mil­le­nium?’ (page 38).

If you can’t be con­vinced that Ralph Lau­ren SS17 is any bet­ter than Des­tiny’s Child’s home­made cos­tumes circa 2001, you could al­ways try an­other trend back by pop­u­lar de­mand: colour block­ing. Ar­guably this sea­son’s strong­est look, the key to colour block­ing is vi­brant, mood­en­hanc­ing hues worn in unexpected com­bi­na­tions. Per­fect for the end of year party sea­son, be sure to check out our ‘Clash’ ed­i­to­rial (page 94) for in­spi­ra­tion. Else­where in fash­ion we pay ho­mage to the late, great, fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher, Hel­mut New­ton, while show­cas­ing the lat­est in swimwear (page 82), and in our an­nual men’s re­port we talk fash­ion off the field with All Black dar­ling, Beauden Barrett (page 146).

Beauty this sea­son is all about glow­ing skin and tou­sled beachy waves, how­ever with the ar­rival of sum­mer also comes a few beauty chal­lenges. This issue we tackle pig­men­ta­tion, hunt out the best tan­ning prod­ucts and dis­cover tricks to deal­ing with hu­mid­ity. We also sit down with fash­ion and fra­grance masters Vik­tor & Rolf (page 139) and talk flow­ers, ag­gres­sion and why their 11-year-old per­fume is still a best-seller.

And of course, with Christ­mas just around the cor­ner, we have searched high and low to com­pile the best gifts on of­fer (pages 44-50 and 176-178). We hope this takes the guess­work out of shop­ping for your near­est and dear­est, and with any luck, you’ll find a few treats for your­self as well.

Chris­tian Dior card­holder, $POA C a m i a & M a r c d r e s s, $ 8 4 0 Tom Ford Vel­vet Orchid Lu­miere EDP 50ml, $196

Right: Pho­tog­ra­pher Hel­mut New­ton is a con­stant source of in­spi­ra­tion for me, so it was a plea­sure pay­ing trib­ute to him in our swimwear ed­i­to­rial.

Above: It was pho­tog­ra­pher Jono Parker’s de­but Fash­ion Quar­terly shoot and his sub­jects could not have been more siz­zling-hot. Right: Makeup artist Kiekie Stan­ners re­views her work on the screen.

Hel­mut New­ton Pages from the Glossies, $49.99 from Ama­zon

Tif­fany & Co. brooch, $POA

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