i-D No. 372 – The Summer Issue – Special KAWS Cover
i-D's Spring 2023 issue is dedicated to the theme of timelessness. A magazine exists as a sounding board for an unfolding moment in the culture, for this season’s faces and fashions. But how do you create an issue of a magazine that feels truly timeless; one which spans generations.
The issue is led by a Raf Simons special, as he announces the closure of his namesake label after twenty seven years. Shot partly backstage at his final show in London in October by Nick Waplington, and also by Mario Sorrenti in New York, featuring a range of industry legends and new faces, and the boundary-breaking designer in conversation with Alaia’s Pieter Muller and Bottega Veneta’s Matthieu Blazy, two designers who he has nurtured throughout their careers.
Elsewhere we look to the UK’s new rap icon Headie One, shot by Bolade Banjo, on location in Bond Street and Broadwater Farm, in conversation with Skepta, fellow Tottenham-born star, on the changing world of rap music in the UK.
We also look to those who will be defining the future, with Lily Rose Depp shot by Karim Sadli, ahead of her leading role in The Idol, and to the fashion brand’s building communities around their creativity, whether that’s the queer minimalism of A--Company or the riotous London spirit of Chopova Lowena.
Spring 2023 – Kaia Gerber photographed by Tyler Mitchell
i-D has built its reputation on being a consistent source of inspiration in fashion culture. It began as a fanzine dedicated to the street style of punk-era London in 1980, and quickly earned its position at the vanguard of fashion and style, abiding by the premise of originate – don’t imitate. i-D has come a long way since its pre-digital, cut-and-paste days and has developed into a glossy magazine that documents fashion and contemporary culture, and has broken ground defining it too.