Know your power. Voice your protest. Dazed’s new issue celebrates the creatives committed to confronting the truth
Grounded in a series of unique collaborative projects, Dazed’s spring/summer issue is all about power and protest. Music’s most vital voice Anohni holds our eyes open to painful realities in the most radical departure of her career; Abbey Lee confronts her modelling past head-on in Nicolas Winding Refn’s feverish hyper horror The Neon Demon; and Grace Wales Bonner and Harley Weir journey east for a poetic meditation on masculinity in India. Also fronting the issue, Paul Hameline is the face of Prada’s deeply human protest for AW16 in a shoot by Willy Vanderperre; and Anna Ewers is moonstruck in Comme des Garçons’ empowering SS16 Blue Witches collection as lensed by Paolo Roversi. Accompanying the latter, we explore the female power of the witch in popular culture in a special essay, with contributions from Tavi Gevinson and Simon Costin.
Elsewhere, photographer Paul Kooiker captures the gymnasts who made up Rick Owens’ poetic SS16 show of women supporting women, alongside by an interview with the self-described “concrete cupcake”; uncompromising former Crystal Castles frontwoman Alice Glass offers a rare interview in conversation with her riot grrrl heroine Allison Wolfe; Tom Wood reveals unseen images from 1980s Liverpool’s infamous Chelsea Reach club; Awful Records affiliate Tommy Genesis discusses how bold sexuality empowers her creativity; Pierre-Ange Carlotti captures Clara 3000, Ta-Ha, Lauren Auder and the other creative spirits behind Paris’s DIY renaissance; and Chris Kraus and Natasha Stagg discuss their experiences writing female failure, fantasy and almost-fame. In fashion, Max von Gumppenberg & Patrick Biernert and Mattias Karlsson transport us to Istanbul to discover the city’s female-fronted next generation; Charlotte Wales and Elizabeth Fraser-Bell capture Taylor Hill on Cloud 9; and Ben Toms and Robbie Spencer discover the surreal playground of the new season’s accessories.
Sarfraj Krim shot by Harley Weir, fashion Tom Guinness
Abbey Lee shot by Torbjørn Rødland, fashion Emma Wyman
Anna Ewers shot by Paolo Roversi, fashion Robbie Spencer
Anohni shot by Mel Bles, fashion Anna Pesonen
Paul Hameline shot by Willy Vanderperre, fashion Olivier Rizzo
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