The best fashion longreads of 2013

Joining the elusive cult of Margiela and entering the dark side with Kim Jones – here are our top fashion features of the year

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HELL AWAITS: KIM JONES vs JAKE CHAPMAN

For the November ‘Dark Arts’ issue of Dazed, we took a journey to hell and back with Louis Vuitton’s menswear maestro Kim Jones and art troublemaker Jake Chapman. On the morning of Kim's birthday, we got the duo head to head to talk purgatory, twitter abuse and being crushed to death by a Richard Serra sculpture. 

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HELL AWAITS - JAKE CHAPMAN & KIM JONES
Kim Jones and Jake Chapman in Louis Vuitton AW13 Photography by Oliver Hadlee Pearch

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA: CLINICAL PRECISION

Entering fashion’s most elusive cult and a world of white lab coats, Dean Mayo Davies was granted acess to Maison Martin Margiela’s headquarters in Paris for the February issue of Dazed. Accompanied by an exclusive film and shoot, the infamous Maison told him how they keep their uniforms fresh and where we can sign up to be recruited. 

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MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA: CLINICAL PRECISION
Maison Martin Margiela AW13 Photography by Rachel Chandler, styling by Cathy Edwards

ALEXANDER WANG ON BALENCIAGA

Fresh-faced and freshly installed at Balenciaga, Alexander Wang spent a hot afternoon in Paris with Dazed to tell us why he’s brining the house back to its roots. 

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ALEXANDER WANG ON BALENCIAGA
Hedvig wears all clothes and accessories by Balenciaga AW13 Photography by Kacper Kasprzyk, styling by Katie Shillingford

BALMAIN ON HIGH VOLTAGE

“I’m a maximalist and I’m proud of it,” pronounced Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing when Susanne Madsen went to visit him at his studio in Paris. As Britney’s “Scream & Shout” blasted through the 27-year old’s studio, Rousteing told her why he loves all things forbidden and likes taking selfies with Kim Kardashian.

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BALMAIN ON HIGH VOLTAGE
Nadja Bender and Olivier Rousteing, all clothes and accessories Balmain AW13 Photography by Gareth McConnell, styling Celestine Cooney

SPIRITS OF THE WEST: SAINT LAURENT

For the October issue of Dazed, Dean Mayo Davies spoke exclusively to the Californian artists that electrified Hedi Slimane’s AW13 Saint Laurent menswear show. Hand-picked by Slimane, Brian Roettinger, Dylan Riley and Luke Fischbeck (aka Sumi Ink Club) all proved that this season the body served as the best exhibition space.

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SPIRITS OF THE WEST - SAINT LAURENT
Brian Roettinger, Licht Und Blindheit, no. 86, 2013

NAKED AMBITION: CHRISTOPHER KANE

2013 saw London’s poster boy, Christopher Kane, reach astonishing new heights – from his Kering investment to the news of his first stand-alone store. For the December issue of Dazed, he told Kin Woo why designing is a science and how it all began with VHS recordings of FashionTV.

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NAKED AMBITION - CHRISTOPHER KANE
All clothes and shoes by Christopher Kane Resort 2014 Photography by Oliver Hadlee Pearch, Styling by Elizabeth Fraser-Bell

DONATELLA VERSACE VS J.W.ANDERSON

For the August issue of Dazed, we got Donatella Versace, fashion's rock'n'roll queen, head to head with J.W.Anderson, its young prince, to talk rebellion, reinvention and reviving Versus.

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DONATELLA VERSACE VS J.W.ANDERSON
All clothes and accessories by J.W.Anderson x Versus Resort 2014 Photography by Michael Avedon, styling Tracey Nicholson

INTERVIEW: RAF SIMONS ON THE INTERZONE

When Raf Simon’s took the fashion world an hour outside of Paris for his SS14 menswear show, we knew we were in for something spectacular. Showcasing his new collection inside the Gagosian Gallery, amongst the works of Alexander Calder and Jean Prouvé, he reminded us how electric fashion can be when intersected with other disciplines. In a rare interview after the show, which became part of our film with Peter Saville, he told Dazed why he’s been trying to define the term ‘interzone’ for two decades. 

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INTERVIEW: RAF SIMONS
Raf Simons

BART HESS ON FREAKY FEELINGS

“As a child I was always dressing up as Madonna,” revealed material manipulator Bart Hess in the December issue of Dazed. Over coffee in East London, the Dutch artist told us what makes his skin crawl and how his human hybrids are invading the digital world. 

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BART HESS
Bart Hess Photography Jack Symes

MARINA ABRAMOVIC AND RICCARDO TISCI: DANCING ON THE EDGE

Extreme performance artist Marina Abramović and Givenchy’s visionary creative director Riccardo Tisci went head to head exclusively for Dazed’s July issue. Together they discussed eroticism, cosmic energy and their latest collaboration – a new ballet of Maurice Ravel’s famously erotic 17-minute composition Boléro.

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MARINA AND TISCI: DANCING ON THE EDGE
Taken from the July issue of Dazed & Confused
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