Neue Luxury - - News - A note from our Ed­i­tor in Chief BRETT PHILLIPS Ed­i­tor in Chief

De­sire is in­trin­sic to the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence and cen­tral to the no­tion of lux­ury. How could one live with­out this in­nate yearn­ing? It is what cat­a­pults, moves and stim­u­lates us. Het­ero­ge­neous by na­ture, de­sire can rep­re­sent many things— a long­ing, a pas­sion, an in­dul­gence, a search or a drive, to bring to life that which we can only imag­ine.

Awak­ened through our ex­pe­ri­ences of the world, de­sire guides us to­wards imag­ined fu­tures. It has the abil­ity to of­fer emo­tional so­lace, phys­i­cal plea­sure and in­tel­lec­tual re­ward. Cu­ri­ously, our brains gen­er­ate de­sire in the same way re­gard­less of the stim­uli. The mu­sic we hear, the art we see or the peo­ple we de­sire, are all pro­cessed through the same com­plex net­work of cor­ti­cal struc­tures and neu­ro­log­i­cal pro­cesses. And while some may take this el­e­gant neu­ro­log­i­cal dance for granted, we have done our best to stim­u­late your senses by way of the many thoughts, peo­ple and no­tions pre­sented in our sev­enth is­sue.

To that point we take the time to cel­e­brate the legacy of Ital­ian painter and sculp­tor Al­berto Burri (p.12) whilst con­trast­ing his oeu­vre against the artis­tic provo­ca­teur Wim Delvoye (p.2). We ex­plore no­tions of cou­ture, fast fash­ion and the iconic with Dr Noki (p.15) and at­tend the launch of the Aïshti Foun­da­tion with vi­sion­ary Tony Salamé (p.8). We re­flect upon the im­por­tance of gas­tro­nomic pu­rity and sim­plic­ity with Mas­si­m­il­iano Ala­jmo (p.16) and speak to Fer­rari’s Flavio Man­zoni about his in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary de­sign phi­los­o­phy (p.20). Last and of course not least, we travel to Venice to speak with fash­ion icon­o­clast Rick Owens about his pri­mal de­sire to make and cre­ate.

As we pub­lish the sec­ond re­lease of our cat­e­gory spe­cific in­sert, Neue Fash­ion, we take time to thank our foun­da­tion part­ner Har­rolds Lux­ury Depart­ment Store for their on­go­ing and ex­tra­or­di­nary sup­port. Neue Fash­ion sign­posts our com­mit­ment to ex­pand our fo­cus while pre­sent­ing a spe­cific and pointed dis­cus­sion on lux­ury fash­ion in the 21st cen­tury. I trust that you will en­joy our de­sire is­sue along with the many lay­ers, per­son­al­i­ties and sto­ries that we have un­cov­ered through­out our jour­ney.

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