Don’t Call It Ephemeral: GUCCI’s “Blind for Love”

This summer, the Italian designer Alessandro Michele commissioned the British photographer Nick Waplington to document the backstage bustle of Gucci’s Cruise 2017 collection presentation. Heightened by the loaded backdrop that London’s Westminster Abbey provided, the photographer’s soft spot for chaos meshes well with the designer’s affinity for embellishment and all things gaudy. Blind for …
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Virgil Abloh Plots Chicago’s Second Bauhaus 

Virgil Abloh, the American mastermind behind the Milan-based streetwear brand Off-White, launched his first furniture line during Art Basel Miami. Remixing the legacy of the German-turned-Chicagoan Mies van der Rohe, he realized a home capsule that blurs the merits of modernist architecture with contemporary lifestyle mechanics.
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Pins: The World’s Smallest and Most Political Accessory

The pin has been the most effective way to incorporate a dose of idealism into any outfit for decades. No matter what your team may be, rest assured, they probably have pins. Our fascination with the politicized accessory is rooted in its tireless effort for resistance.
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MEL’S CORNER: Seinfeld Chic

In this edition of the series, Mel discusses Seinfeld Chic, life in the wake of president-elect Donald Trump, and working with Gosha Rubchinskiy on 032c issue #31.
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The Party Was a Dream: Tom Kummer’s Fake Interviews with PAMELA ANDERSON and COURTNEY LOVE

In the mid-1990s, Los Angeles-based Swiss journalist Tom Kummer began selling exclusive interviews with American celebrities to Germany and Switzerland’s largest news outlets. The interviews, which have Mike Tyson quoting Nietzsche and Pam Anderson discussing Neuromancer, became sensations in the German-speaking world. As it turned out, Kummer never actually met his subjects, but was …
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CALABASAS

In an editorial shot by MERT & MARCUS and conceptualized by KANYE WEST, 032c travels to the Los Angeles exurb of Calabasas to bathe in the dust of the West’s under-construction home designed by Axel Vervoordt. The shoot features cameos by KIM KARDASHIAN WEST, KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN, AMINA BLUE, TRAVIS SCOTT, and others.
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032c Issue #31 “HELMUT LANG” Out Now!

From 1986 to 2005, Helmut Lang systematically deconstructed every assumption about clothing and the way it is worn and communicated. As he himself once said, “I kept all the traditions and shades that were good — and then re-thought it all.” The Austrian designer’s lists of “firsts” is so long it could double as conceptual…
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Meth Modernity

From fast-fashion to high frequency trading, speed is now the prime mover in the world’s economy, so much so that it has entered our bio-chemistry. Anthropologist JASON PINE’s research into homemade meth production in rural Missouri shows that a backwater drug epidemic is in fact the spectre of an advanced mode of capitalism.
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Stephen Bayley on CRASHED CARS and the DEATH OF THE MODERN ERA

Death is the most banal event imaginable: A) it comes to everyone and B) it ends in the dirt. But the death of a celebrity, in a fast car, down some black night street, lit up in the bright silver of a paparazzo’s flash bulb, was, during the short twentieth century, the last word in…
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Sterling Ruby: WORK WEAR

Sterling Ruby's bleached, torched, and enzyme-washed studio clothing is an extension of his post-apocalyptic craft, in more ways than one. Here, Ruby shares his workwear archive in a visual contribution for 032c, and speaks about fashion's speed, hunting jackets, and his Gesamtkunstwerk.
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Marco Brambilla and HD Baroque

Artist MARCO BRAMBILLA is impossible to pin down. He directed a blockbuster at the age of 28 and immediately retired from Hollywood. He is a success story for the emerging practice of brand patronage. But Brambilla himself describes the process as a tightrope walk.
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Public Transportation: HOOD BY AIR in Conversation with BARNEYS NEW YORK

In the wake of Hood By Air’s sexually charged takeover of the shop windows at the Madison Avenue institution, designer SHAYNE OLIVER, Barneys creative director DENNIS FREEDMAN and BABAK RADBOY discuss transcendent repellence, dermatology, and the legacy of Helmut Lang over martini glasses filled with ceviche.
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The 032c PYRATE SOCIETY Cap is Here

Inspired by a recent trip to the British Virgin Islands – a former pirate haven and a present-day tax haven – the 032c Pyrate Society Cap pays a yacht club tribute to the early-modern punks of the high seas.
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