Readers of CR tell me that they are never sure which of our fashion stories are styled by me. That’s because, during the making of Issue 1, I decided it would be ridiculous to credit myself throughout a magazine that already had my initials on the cover. There is a line between confidence and arrogance. And so, all of my work has been left uncredited since. That changed with Issue 14, because I have created just one feature and trusted most of the styling to a very talented group of young fashion editors who, along with a new roster of photographers, created a vision of CR that is modern, energetic, and a reflection of the times. My hope for this issue is that you will leave it feeling completely surprised.
Something I find fascinating about our times is the growth of extremism in opinion and emotion, in politics, of course, but in fashion, pop culture, and even the mundane. (Logo redesigns are a polarizing topic these days, and with this issue we debut a more playful CR logo that references the golden age of magazines. Bring on the Instagram comments.) We love and we hate, we scream “yes” or we shout “no,” all of which makes it difficult to carry a conversation with friends, and keep them. As always, I wanted to see this phenomenon in a positive light, so I asked a few friends old and new, from Kanye West to Lena Dunham, to nominate something, anything, that evokes in something a strong YES or hard NO. These ideas frame the issue, introducing each story and ranging from the deeply personal to the frivolous. Janet Mock’s call for trans acceptance introduces a new Steven Klein story on gender-neutral models, while Riccardo Tisci’s new favorite color kicks off a beige study by Blommers & Schumm.
Alongside all of the newness is something classic: Barbie, in celebration of her 60th birthday. When I received my first Barbie as a child in the 1960s, her life was a much simpler one: no kids, no pets, no beach house, no Jeep. My mother, would naturally, make custom clothes for my dolls and I would cut their hair to match their looks. (In retrospect, a seed was being planted.) The iconic doll, with her blonde hair and blue eyes, has in recent years been made much more inclusive of race, size, gender, and ability. For her diamond anniversary, I wanted to represent this diversity with my favorite models of the season, each dressed as a 21st-century Barbie character of her own. Redefinition is powerful, in Barbies, in maga
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