“I have a huge disinterest in technologies that accelerate cultural speed. Immediately, they make me uncomfortable. But I’m fascinated by what society is becoming, and its evolution. I am watching the behaviour more than the thing itself…I am more interested in mystique and romance, what’s difficult to find, aesthetics that are not in your face. There are things you immediately know are surface, and other things the opposite, and I’m more interested in the opposite. When you find everything so easily, you don’t look deeply anymore and you don’t investigate anymore. And you get bored.” Raf Simons, Style.com
“In my heart, I would wish for young designers not to get hooked on this fascinating but dangerous game. There may be an instant buzz, but I think that a long and steady read – for example, as for Alber Elbaz at Lanvin – is the way to lasting fashion happiness.” Suzy Menkes said it best. As Frida Giannini vacates Gucci, Menkes laments the fashion merry-go-round, Vogue.com
“It’s like heroin. You get on Twitter, and then you are dispensing advice about face cream to 500 followers, and the next thing you know you are a lifestyle guru.”
Graydon Carter in the New York Times on Goop and the actress-content-creator phenomenon
“My ma used to give me a box of sterilised safety pins to put through my ear, bless her; this Bengali woman in her late fifties in her sari helping me out with my punk homage.”
Ronojoy Dam, Another Magazine
If you buy one book this year, make it WHAT WE WORE, Nina Manandhar’s brilliant visual compilation of youth culture through the years with first class first-person storytelling throughout.