A Conversation With Virgil Abloh
I did a fashion show recently called ‘Nothing New.’ It was based on criticism I got from another designer. So I took that statement and tried to unravel it and make it into a question. Does fashion have to be new? What is new anyway? Does fashion have to be new to be valid and relevant and important? People often lob ‘it’s been done before’ as a critique but without asking themselves those questions. ‘Newness’ has become the barometer by which we judge things in fashion. Does your jacket have three armholes? ‘New’ is a farce to me. It’s a critique intended to keep people like me out.
Buying is much more American than thinking and I’m as American as they come. In Europe and the Orient people like to trade – buy and sell, sell and buy – they’re basically merchants. Americans are not so interested in selling – in fact, they’d rather throw out than sell. What they really like to do is buy – people, money, countries.
New Year’s eve is an engaging setting for an image; the prospect of shedding the year gone by for a one anew gives way to hedonistic celebrations that are a worthy subject for a photographer. We take a look at some images of New Year scenes that cinematically capture the spirit of the season.