The Issues Issue
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The latest issue of THE IMPRESSION magazine entitled The Issues Issue, is devoted to inviting the fashion industry to share pressing issues of today to open dialogue and inspire hope.
The theme for the issue came to Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Richard in response to conversations he was having with creatives. “Fashion creatives create aspirational dreams and it’s frustrating to see microphones held up to these worldly creatives asking them about wearing white after labour day. High time we heard their thoughts on real world issues and how those issues impact their creative process.”
This focus on issues is present throughout the magazine with Christian Dior’s first female Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, speaking with Kenneth Richard about feminism and the promise of a better world for female creatives. Regarding women “there is a part of this education that teaches us to be passive, to accept that not everything is possible for us. I want to give a message that it is. Everything is possible, for men and for women. I really worry sometimes when I see the new generation with this passive attitude, accepting that they have to choose between a career or family. Why? You can do both!” expounds Chiuri.
Vanessa Friedman, Karlie Kloss, Tory Burch, Serge Ruffieux, Diane Von Furstenberg, Dao-Yi Chow, Maxwell Osborne, and Marcus Wainwright joined 30 other influencers to reflect on issues important to them from human trafficking to gun safety as artists Hisham Akira Bharoocha, Deanne Cheuk, Merijn Hos, and MVM of Hugo & Marie translate their ideas into visual statements while Mario Hugo worked on the publications overarching art assets.
David Lipman addresses racism and the inclusivity of the American dream in his story entitled “I Am Not Your Negro” inspired by social activist James Baldwin. Lipman along with author Kenza Fourati captured the courageous story of model Nadja Giramata and her confrontation with genocide, migration, immigration, and racism. Lipman points out, “The color of our skin should not matter. Yet in this country, it does matter, and we’re fooling ourselves if we think it doesn’t. There is still prejudice in this country.”
Iconic photographer Rankin tackles ageism and the abuses of social media apps that pervert self-image. “I want to be more about creating the aesthetic where the lines on your face, the way you’ve aged, is positive and something you should be perpetuating and not trying to hide with an app on your phone,” explains Rankin.
Photographers Chuando & Frey explore the dangers of overexposure and projecting fake versions of one’s life for the sake of digital followers. “There is a social understanding that when you look at a magazine, be it editorial or ads, you are looking at a staged photo, a fantasy. But Instagram is used by many people to share their real, everyday life. Sadly, that reality is often fake,” expressed Frey.
Creative Director Gillian O’Brien of The Flower Laboratory teamed with Photographer/Director Mike Figgis to talk about the power of face-to-face connectivity. “Today it’s easy to feel lonely even though you’re surrounded by people and getting text messages and on social networks,” explains O’Brien, “I think that community works through a sense of conversation, real conversation, giving people your time.”
Model Guinevere Van Seenus is the focus of self-reflecting on the human condition for Robert Lussier & Mia Forsgren of The Style Council and their story lensed by Jennifer Livingston. “There’s almost too much going on today in the world that we can hardly keep up with the news every single day,” illustrates Forsgren. “So, we wanted to step away from that and ask, ‘What’s the first issue ever?’ And we realized that it is how you view yourself and how you portray yourself to the world. That’s one issue that you can actually control.”