Depesha Vol: 3 —



Every good Sunday School student knows that clothes were first donned to cover up the shame of being naked induced by that fateful bite of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Yes, clothing (alongside its diabolical stepchild – fashion) was without a doubt the first product line of hell itself. After all, sagacious Eve surely saw her fig leaves go out of style as soon as she left Eden.

As much as it may shatter the idyllic worldview that well-meaning Kindergarten teachers try to impart onto us, man is evil-minded by nature. It is lethal weapons and not plowshares that turn up on archeological digs of the first human settlements. We can only guess what these instruments of pain were intended for, be it hunting or murder. One thing remains clear – Adam was an aggressive, armed-anddangerous brute. Whether or not he was a pathological maniac by choice, or forced to be one due to a simple need to survive - is beyond our scope here. What is clear is that man has been cruel to man ever since Homo sapiens first roamed the Earth. This urge to be evil is lodged deep inside us; we are torn over the contradiction between the admonitions of civilization and our primitive instincts. Though we can try to stamp out this primordial wickedness until hell freezes over, any effort to purge it entirely is in vain. We, humans, are dyed-in-the-wool evil beings, flaunting our sinful nature through our clothing, wearing it literally on our sleeve.

The true pedigree of the English word evil still stumps etymologists, though comparative linguists assure us that it is a compound containing the Indo-European preposition that appears in English up, High German über, and the ancient Sanskrit upa. Its original reconstructed meaning in Proto-Germanic includes, we are told, the sense of "breaching," i.e., overstepping a moral or metaphysical line in the sand. In the same vein, fashion has been taunting mankind from time immemorial to push boundaries and wear what was previously unconscionable. Fashion relieves us of these black-and-white categories, allowing us to live up to the maxim Ayn Rand beckons us with in The Virtue of Selfishness: "the standard by which one judges what is good or evil - is man's life […] that which is proper to the life of a rational being is the good; that which negates, opposes or destroys it is the evil." These words of the celebrated Russian-American writer and philosopher should assuage the occasional pangs of consciousness in the new man or woman who has overcome the dogma of last season's trends.

Fashion, like evil, captures the imagination and possesses the mankind, making it a slave to her trends. Fashion is a cruel master indeed.

The idol of fashion obliges us to constantly worship her, condemning us to the purgatory of being outmoded should we fail to supplicate to her if only for a single season. She demands the sacrifice of self-mutilation, possessing her victims to swathe their legs to the point of excruciating pain, tighten their corsets till they collapse from asphyxiation, go under the surgeon's knife to have silicon inserted (until recently a life-threatening procedure), have their teeth pulled in order to approximate the style in latest facial contours, or even forgo several ribs, bringing them one step closer to the ideal 90-60-90, even if decimating lung capacity.

We also succumbed to the evil temptations of fashion in this issue, becoming its unapologetically sinful victims.

    Depesha Vol: 3 –
    August 2011 228 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    LORD AND BENEFACTOR DEGENERATION OF FASHION DARK RORCES GOD 2.0 DONNA KARAN LEONID ILYICH BREZHNEV AND JAMES BOND ALL IN ONE TANGIBLES BY ROOTSTEIN BEHIND THE SCENES WITH OLGA KURYLENKO MAN IN BLACK: PUTIN. POWER. IMAGE. THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF NIKOLAI GOGOL'S BIRTH DEATH IS BUT A QUESTION OF STYLE
    Editor In Chief –
    Stephan Rahim Rabimov
    Fashion Editor –
    Stella Melomedman
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Our Take —



DEPESHA is a contemporary Russian expatriate culture magazine at the intersection of fashion, art, literature, and modernity.  Founded by Stephan R. Rabimov in 2005, and published twice a year in New York, DEPESHA is a bilingual, highly curated, limited edition “bookzine,” aimed at “inspiring people to read”.

With the newly launched DEPESHA.com, the magazine is now bringing that same cutting-edge and ground-breaking ethos to the Web.  DEPESHA.com’s unique mix of unrivalled editorial, world-beating fashion, original photography and illustration, audio, video and social interactivity provides readers the engaging experience of a magazine combined with the immediacy of the Web, elevating the user experience beyond the printed word.

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