"Though this issue’s title appears in quotation marks, the intention is not to be ironic, or to suggest skepticism. Rather, the quotes allude to image quotation and reference, which are part and parcel of any creative act but are essential to the world of fashion. “In today’s professional climate . . . you’re only as good as your references,” guest editors Inez & Vinoodh note in their introduction to a portfolio of images by fashion’s most iconic and imitated photographers. Referencing is delicate, requiring thoughtful handling to avoid crossing the line into copying. Curator Charlotte Cotton remarks in her contribution that fashion photography’s often transparent use of references may be one reason why the genre is criticized from other corners. But in the end what matters is how a reference is used: when adequately transformed, you may sense a quotation but won’t recognize its source.
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This fall issue of CRUSHfanzine is dedicated to the various approaches of “sex appeal”. “Sex Appeal“ profiles various talents which exude the raw energy that allures, enchants and effortlessly drive our obsessions. Throughout this issue, readers are re-introduced to acclaimed cultural icons and they will meet new personalities which will soon become favorites.
Within the pages of “Sex Appeal”, each person was asked a few questions about nostalgic moments in their lives. Many of the subjects were chosen because they hold a certain place in our psyche and they are
“Sex Appeal” takes the readers through a slight narrative in a series of individually titled chapters: Music Is My Boyfriend, Emmanuelle, Ethan’s DNA, The Object of Their Affection, Sessions, I Still Love You, Under My Skin, In Sintesi, Great Expectations, Suddenly Last Summer and Brief Encounters.
CRUSHfanzine’s “Sex Appeal” will be launched with special events in resident cities New York and Paris. For the New York event, Le Bain at the Standard Hotel will host a release party on September 6th with a guest DJs Casey Spooner and Honey Dijon.
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"They're hissing that this shoot was like the Black n White Ball of fashion edits and therefore a proverbial guest list to end all casting guest lists. From legends to the newest of the now, the Hiss Squad has been assured that this fashion extravaganza, styled to within an inch of existence, spells fashion with the capital F."
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