FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE
The thing I love most about fashion is its unfailing forward momentum. It’s exciting to know that trends are ever-evolving; never quite complete or finite. There’s always room for a tweak here, some development there, or even a nod to the past by way of a trend redux. Counterintuitive, I know, but then I think about personal style in the same way. Put a bad outfit together or choose a lip colour that’s slightly the wrong shade of red? No problem! You went there, you did that, and your learnings will help you to improve your look tomorrow.
At Fashion Quarterly, new designers, ranges and products stream across our desks and into our inboxes daily. We love getting to share with you the very best of what we see, and in this issue that includes the five emerging New Zealand designers we’ve got our eyes on in Bright Young Things (page 48). Always at the forefront of social trends, we also explore the complexities of making friendships in adulthood and ask, is the future of friend-finding via an app? (Here to Make Friends, page 64). Consider dimming your screen brightness if so, for in beauty, we discover that the latest threat to youthful skin might be the blue light emitted from your computer screen, phone or iPad. Don’t worry — we’ve got the lowdown on the new products that are said to minimise its effects.
Of course, the fashion and beauty news I’m most excited to note is the end of homogeneity. A shift towards highlighting our best features and celebrating our individuality reflects, I believe, the energy of inclusivity we’re seeing at this moment in time, and the future has never looked so bright.
I hope you feel the same reading this issue.
Clockwise from top left: Simon Miller bag, $1563, from Net-a-Porter. Factotum by Charles Bukowski. Georgia Alice top, $589. Meadowlark pearl and 9ct gold earrings, $1369. Topshop heels, $112. Levi’s jeans, $169.