Whether it is high energy catwalks or backstage catfights, the sassy gay assistant shading your new look, or the feared ice queen Editor, it’s not surprising that fashion has gained a reputation for being the land of chaos, caffeine and superficiality. I mean we’ve all seen the infamous belt scene from Devil Wears Prada, right? And don’t forget the trials and tribulations of Lauren Conrad working under Kelly Cutrone during The Hills era! We’re still traumatised. But for a moment, let’s step away from that scripted media circus. When you actually undress the dramatics and unravel the mystique, the industry is much deeper and more sentimental than it first appears, especially for our queer community.
At the helm of our fashion issue is bombshell siren Tokyo Stylez. Call it hair styling, wig making, or weave witchcraft, the star opens up about her transition and what it’s like being the creative brains behind some of the most iconic hair looks from Kylie Jenner and Cardi B.
Celebration and reflection continue in our fashion issue as we delve into the wild world of Dsquared2. Co-founders Dean and Dan Caten celebrate the brand’s 25th anniversary, with the expansion of their ICON line. Double denim never looked so dreamy. “We found a little factory and we paid for everything, made the samples, and we sewed them,” Dan tells us from Milan, reflecting on the beginnings of their world-famous line. Their first collection was well-received, and it wouldn’t be too long until they caught the eyes of the A-list. Does the name Madonna mean anything to anyone?
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER
Fashion for decades has been an open space for queer expression and visibility. Whether it’s drag, costume, or haute couture, the garments you choose to slip into become an emblem of your identity and evolve into political and social statements. We can instantly see the psychedelic free love protests during the 60s through the fluidity of menswear fashion. The edged up, leather-studded aesthetic defined the rebellious punk movement of the 70s and even the crop top, double denim, juicy couture hot mess is an iconic testament to the early 00s. Bottom line, fashion is an impressive timestamp tool, that helps us reflect and document the changing tides of gender norms and queer expression throughout history.
As Jean Paul Gaultier bids farewell to the runway, not before putting on the biggest extravaganza to close his 50-year career, we talk to the designer on the changes he’s seen throughout those five decades and his love for reinterpreting beauty standards.