FO­CUSED ON THE FU­TURE

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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.

@sallyan­n­mullin Ed­i­tor

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