Issue 12 —

S. Magazine’s love for the human body is irrefutable. Whether in a fashion shoot or a photo-essay, S. Magazine just can’t resist showing some prime human flesh. And issue 12 is certainly no exception. Perhaps the quirkiest example of this is the fashion story ‘Women’s Movement’ by Peter Funch. Ostensibly a fashion shoot for women’s underwear, it inserts scantily clad women into archival black ‘n white photos creating a comic inappropriateness; a bare-breasted typist in a nineteenth century typing pool or a saucy schoolmistress showing her bare bottom to a class of Victorian schoolchildren. S. Magazine’s uncanny resemblance at times to vintage naturist mags has already been noted. But stories such as this or Dennis Stenild’s nudie ‘Nectar’ shoot suggest that the title has a certain tongue-in-cheek self-awareness about it all.

Zoë Kravitz, the child of the hippest celebrity couple of the late 1980’s, is all grown up and has suddenly, without warning, burst onto the international scene. Nick Haramis’ article, with portraits by Marcelo Krasilcic, gives us all some insight into why the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet is likely to succeed in her ambitions to make it even bigger.

Rafael Stahelin’s fashion story ‘Down in Old Soho’ also stands out. It’s a curious affair that develops on all of the Gothic imagery that has been so visible in fashion in recent years. Whilst the svelte androgynous models certainly have an air of the living dead about them that wouldn’t go amiss in a stylish vampire movie, here the mood is more one of Bowie playing his role in ‘The Hunger’ whilst hanging onto his Glam Rock wardrobe.

    Issue 12 –
    May 2011 276 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Astral Projections Rubber Necking Irresistible Impulses Pop Group Hug Space Capsule Collection Rose of Jericho Down in Old SoHo Midsommer & Eve Nectar Vanishing Point
    Editor In Chief –
    Jens Stoltze
    Fashion Director –
    Christina Chin
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Our Take —

S. Magazine is a Danish publication that has been around since 2005 and more recently established itself in New York. In its biannual outings since then, it offers a combination of fashion, feature articles and art – almost entirely confined to the realms of fine art photography or graphic art- with a vehemently north European flavour. Even the editorial features and interviews, with the odd occasional exception, operate very much on a north European or perhaps even Scandinavian axis. And in this sense it provides an interesting insight to a regional sensibility.

According to the magazine’s own statement, it believes that most fashion and art refer to the human body. So it’s perhaps no surprise that sensual, sexy and frequently naked imagery abound in everything from the fashion shoots to portraits accompanying editorial features. In fact at times, S. seems more like a fashionista’s rendition of a naturist publication. In fact, there is a definite sense of a neo-folky, hippy-dippy back-to-nature feel to the prevalent photography, no doubt influenced by contemporaneous ideas in photography and art that have been with us for some time now. All of this is packaged in an unpretentious art direction that favours simple layouts, emaciated elegant fonts and full-bleed photography.

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