March / April 2011 —

Metal’s Spring fashion issue picks up on the diverse influences on this season’s collections rather than a single defining retro trend; the 20’s at Prada, the 50s at Dior, the 70s at Gucci etc. It underscores this observation with an opening feature that locates the historic influences in various current collections chronologically. As such it offers an alternative to the usual fashion position of trying to define the future by, rather, locating the present in the past, a nice bit of grounding for those grappling with what defines the ‘now’. Taking up almost half of the issue, this gigantic fashion feature sees a large cast of hot photographic talents elaborating their vision of how the entire gamut of twentieth century fashions influence the hottest current collections. Kept steady by a unifying art direction, there is naturally a lot of individuality in how each of this gang of photographers interpret the season’s hot looks by an even larger cast of top brands.

Also noteworthy is Dodi Espinosa’s lengthy interview with fashion culture pundit Tim Blanks who has had a hand in more fashion success stories than most people have had hot dinners. The interview teases out his individual and thoughtful ideas on fashion and culture and its inner workings.

As usual, the issue also carries a meaty section of punchy articles on all the latest objects of desire from the worlds of fashion and design that could get even the most austere amongst us in a shopping mood.

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    Fashion As a Trend Tim Blanks Marisa Berenson John Galliano Irene Silvagni Enrique Loewe Eric Guillemain Christophe Kutner Antonin Guidicci Ronald Dick Michael Schwartz Bruce Palmer
    Editor In Chief –
    Yolanda Muelas
    Creative Editor –
    Julian Monge
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Our Take —

If the title conjures up images of podgy middle-aged leather-clad, death thrash musicians flicking their tongues at the camera, think again. Despite the title, this Spanish magazine is unlikely to give page space to ACDC clones. Well, not unless it was all done in a terribly creative and ironic way…

Arriving on the scene in 2006, this Barcelona-based title with an international team has rapidly captured attention with its particular position. Under Yolanda Muelas’ direction, Metal is a magazine that mixes luxury and the quintessential, giving equal time to the more erudite and conceptual throes of fashion, film or music alongside the crypto-documentary naturalism of the street.

Lessons learned from the nineties’ emphasis on showing fashion as a transient and matter-of-fact thing occurring in gritty real surroundings have been retained. But, in Metal, these ideas are teased out further and complemented with daringly theatrical and OTT presentations, whether of fashion, celebrity or hip street culture.

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