Issue 6 —
Desert Fish remains almost entirely a fashion title and, the vast majority of this is womenswear. As such, it is fairly difficult to come to a sensible position on the issue since, unlike many other fashion titles, it affords extensive space for each shoot. Similarly, its choice of brands to shoot must surely mean that it responds to the local market and, as such, this is occasionally difficult to locate in an international context. Furthermore, it works with young talent - both as photographers and stylists- and favours a certain glossy, popish aesthetic, perhaps the result of the repetitive use of the same photographers.
Of the various stories of similar length in the most recent issue, the most successful is Geisha Stories, shot by Peter Richweiscz and styled by Lorna Butler. It's a bright and garish affair mixing up traditional Japanese imagery with a fluorescent poppy play on neon Ginza iconography. Also of note is Larry Xu's shoot of the collection by young designer Simon Wang.