The promise of youth: Daring
— This issue’s cover is Oliver Sonne, 17, a delicate, androgynous resonance of the young Joe Dallesandro, his black leather outer skin is bursting with the first flush of youth, the pellucid blue of his eyes pulsating with the blazing fire of youth.
Youth and daring. Two inseparable words, clinging to each other, limpet – like. The gold standard of fashion, words that have had a sacred ring since the dawn of man. Cast your mind back. Which advertising campaigns are the most memorable, in any period ? No contest : those that sell youth, or burn their transgressive message deep into the visual cortex. Remember those incendiary Calvin Klein ads in the declining Seventies? And Hedi Slimane in his Saint Laurent days, or Tom Ford dallying with classy soft porn ? And, these days, Alessandro Michele, with the dizzying post –teen pandemonium he’s kicking up at Gucci? While it would be illusory to try and freeze –frame youth, daring is one form of resistance to passing time, of kicking against the inevitability of things and, more generally, is the seed every revolution springs from. This latest issue of Vogue Hommes is a plea for daring. From an extravagant Clown series to a freediving exploration of the rebel brain of Harmony Korine, director of the headlong Spring Breakers and a refractory artist whose rage finds an outlet in provocation ; and from the exclusive contributions by Gosha Rubchinskiy, to the unpublished testosterone – powered sketches of Yves Saint Laurent, the eerily melancholy sounds of Yellow Days, the jubilant dissection of the “ego” by Jonathan Safran Foer, and the incredible freedom of being the ever – youthful Jane Birkin, this issue of Vogue Hommes channels the bold, the reckless. In these, our extremely chaotic times, extreme daring is the of path of wisdom. And an outward sign of youth.