AnOther Magazine Spring/Summer 2008: The Insiders
We were fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of the latest edition of AnOther Magazine, which as per usual is chock full of the stunning photography and clever editorial that always makes the book our go-to resource to find out what's happening across the pond. From the stunning cover featuring Uma Thurman bedecked with a dramatic butterfly wing to an interview with cheeky YBAs the Chapman Brothers, there's a lot to love. But we're always particularly drawn to the people working on the fringes and milliner Justin Smith, accessories designer Letitia Crahay and shoe-maker Andrea Lonn, all in this month's "Insiders" feature well, are worth noting.
Adding mops of hair, architectural details and other sculptural elements to footwear, Swedish designer Andreas Lonn's shoes effortlessly straddle the divide between streetwear and high fashion. Unabashadly now, the tribal heels look like a mix between "Bladerunner" and "Elephant Man."
Channeling the current neo-Edwardian vibe and elevating it to new heights of theatricality and whimsy, Justin Smith's hats continue in fellow Brit Philip Treacy's well-trodden footsteps. The spectacular hats in his graduation show—"feathered headresses that turned into burlesque fans, stiff hand-painted 'tattooed' pigskin berets" and more—were only rivalled by the "gothic circus" of jugglers, midgets and acrobats that made up the event.
Having cut her teeth studying architecture and art directing Olivier Theyskens (and as a consequence dressing Madonna), Laetitia Cahay made the leap into designing by joining ranks at Chanel. "The more you create, the more creative you become," she says.