System Magazine Issue 14
Yohji Yamamoto photographed by Juergen Teller
Very few designers can be talked about as revolutionaries who changed the course of contemporary fashion. Yohji Yamamoto is one. Fiercely independent, he still cherishes one thing above all else, fifty years after he graduated from fashion school: his absolute freedom. And freedom – fundamental to creativity – is a word we so rarely associate with fashion designers any more. Which is what makes Yohji-san the Master. Fellow designer Rick Owens interviews our cover star in Paris, with photographs by Juergen Teller.
Also in this action-packed 450+ page issue:
Next-gen super-stylist Ibrahim Kamara uses the language of fashion to challenge every stereotype. Kamara’s looks of the season are photographed by Paolo Roversi.
Alexander Fury pens an ode to the most criminally overlooked designer in British fashion history, Antony Price. While Bella Hadid brings classic Price looks back to life, photographed by Sharna Osborne and styled by Vanessa Reid.
Fashion’s new wunderkind, costume designer Tomo Koizumi, in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, on navigating the industry with a helping hand from Marc Jacobs and Katie Grand, and photographed by Juergen Teller.
Young Turks, the record label that could teach luxury fashion houses a thing or two. Our mega-triptych feature includes YT founder Caius Pawson in conversation about the fostering of creative genius. Meanwhile, we reveal The xx’s 10-year anniversary clothing collaboration with Raf Simons, photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo. We then ask Peter Saville the question, “What is Merch?”, before presenting a cross-cultural project between dance troup LEV, and YT artists Jamie xx and Koreless, photographed by Harley Weir.
For Francesco Risso, Marni is a platform to explore the outer limits of consciousness. Tim Blanks tracks down the designer during a recent silent retreat, while Ethan James Green takes Marni’s recent collections out for an upstate New York Hallowe’en weekender, styled by Tom Guinness.
Noticing a recurring off-kilter model trend? From Hood by Air to Gucci and Marni, the new normal in casting is defined by Walter Pearce and Rachel Chandler of Midland Agency.
Angelo Flaccavento on how the legacy of Massimo Osti still influences the DNA of Stone Island. Plus a portfolio photographed by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Max Pearmai
Master milliner Stephen Jones on a lifelong of legendary hats, as told to Tim Blanks and photographed by Juergen Teller.
Reluctant fashion ‘icon’ and cult musician Leslie Winer reconsiders the places and times of her life less ordinary, as told to long-time confidant Jerry Stafford, with photographs by Anton Corbijn.
Pierre Hardy on 20 years of fashioning footwear, with a retrospective portfolio photographed by Erwan Frotin.
After 10 years in business, and still under 30 years of age, Simon Porte Jacquemus takes a moment to reflect on family, fortune, and the future. By Loïc Prigent, photographs by Pierre-Ange Carlotti.
In our latest survey, System asks some of the industry’s biggest names about how they got their Big Break.
An intimate look into the backstage life of designer Erdem Moralıoğlu.
Michael Kors answers his bespoke “Aviator Questionnaire” by Loïc Prigent.
Plus, Garance Doré on escaping fashion week for good, Huang Hung on the queer eye for Chinese guys, and Noah Wunsch on why today’s sneakerheads shop at Sotheby’s, with illustrations by Jean-Philippe Delhomm