Pushing the boundaries of fashion is something Zana Bayne clearly excels at. Founded by herself and Co-Creative Director Todd Pendu, Zana’s eponymous brand quickly gained attention with its fetish-inspired accessories, highlighting the key relationship between sex, leather and skin. Since its launch in 2010, the brand has attracted famous musicians, actors, artists and private clients alike, who quickly became fans of Zana’s handcrafted harnesses, belts, chokers and bags. I caught up with her and Todd to discuss the evolution of their brand, why fashion still loves fetish and how being copied is ultimately unavoidable. Interview by Philippe Pourhashemi
This year’s ANDAM Prize winner has several reasons to be happy. In a few years, Glenn Martens has turned Y/Project into one of the buzziest and most sought-after brands in Paris, doubling stockists each season and gaining recognition from the press. Martens can simultaneously dress Rihanna, his best friends and beloved grandmother in Y/Project, because his clothes have a deeply human quality. Interview by Philippe Pourhashemi.
She’s garnered a reputation playing characters who are free spirited and sensual, her résumé stocked with pleasure-seekers and rebels. In her new film Wonder Wheel, Juno Temple gives one of the year’s most captivating performances, proving why the actress’ star is continually on the rise. Interview by Max Berlinger. Juno Temple is photographed by Magnus Magnusson. Fashion by Tiffani Chynel
Director Ruben Östlund won the Palme d’Or for “The Square” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. To mark the occasion, we publish this interview from our “Nature is culture” issue where Ruben talks about his award-winning film featuring Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West. Interview by Jon Asp.
Pamela Anderson is well aware of the general perception of her. But she knows she transcends her Baywatch image of running slow-motion alongside crashing waves, her big blonde hair bouncing as she carries that weird orange floating life preserver thing that never seems to be used. She has been the reigning global sex symbol since her first Playboy cover in 1989, but her mark on the world is more profound than anything she’s accomplished as a model and actress.
While researching this text I returned to Barbara Kruger’s iconic picture from 1983 with a black and white image of a woman’s face partly covered with the words: “We won’t play nature to your culture.” True to a feminist agenda, the picture rejects artificially determined gender roles, building on the dichotomy of “culture” (superior and male) versus “nature” (inferior and female). Kruger challenges not only the dichotomy itself – the binary opposition of nature and culture – but also the legacy of a power structure, where culture is considered to be of higher rank than nature, as well as the tradition of associating culture with male and nature with female. By Maria Ben Saad
It was a frosty day. John took his dog Max for a walk in the woods behind his house. After a rainy week with thunderstorms, the temperature had dropped below zero, leaving a silver coating of ice crystals on the leaves. It was 1988 and John had retired from his job as a police officer in northern Sweden. This morning, the cold sharpened his edges. The dog was obsessively sticking his nose into what looked like a stack of hay. He called out for Max. But when the dog refused to listen, John walked over.
Brad Troemel is an artist, writer, and blogger. Together with Lauren Christiansen he started the Tumblr blog The Jogging in 2008, where contributors post manipulated photographs, collages, and memes, often creating unexpected connections between disparate phenomena, proposing conspiracy theories, and revealing the working mechanisms of the Internet. Interview by Stefanie Hessler