[T]he world of fashion runs on the idea of fantasy and whilst this paradise is full of real life inspiring and talented individuals, there’s a darkness underneath that’s manifested in the industry’s lifelong obsession with youth. Readers and consumers are constantly bombarded with images that mimic the unkind, cruel voice that encourages and profits from a normalisation of our own self-loathing. Through imagery and content we cannot escape and we are witnessing an industry that is globally exploiting our own worst thoughts about ourselves; luring us into a false pretence that we can achieve the unachievable.
In a bigoted world full of hate, war and discrimination, fashion stands as a universal form of communication that has the ability to welcome all ethnicities, shapes and ages. Our attitudes need to reflect this and there is a dying thirst for representation rather than novelty tokenism and faddishness. This editorial gives a nod to the people and sub-cultures that inspired a range of generations and styles that shaped the world we live in today.