Style.com/Print, that’s Style.com’s new print mag (if you haven’t heard), doesn’t hit newsstands–or the web–until Monday, October 31 but we’ve got an exclusive first look at one of the juiciest features in the new issue: An interview and photo essay spotlighting legendary designer Azzedine Alaïa.
Photographer Kacper Kasprzyk shot model Saskia de Brauw in head-to-toe Azzedine Alaïa (left) for the debut issue, and the photos are accompanied by a Q & A with Alaïa (conducted by Style.com EIC Dirk Standen) as well as a profile on de Brauw.
Alaïa talks about the craziness of the fashion cycle (we think it’s his favorite subject), and how designers cope (or fail to cope) with it: “Something has to change. There are too many designers who are in a bad state, who are sick, who feel obliged to take drugs. Me, I’m high on life…There is too much pressure. If it ends up destroying people, it’s not good. A human being is not a machine. Especially when it comes to creating.”
De Brauw, hits on the hot button topic for models: Age. “I always refuse to lie about my age. I don’t care about being 30…Maybe I have some kind of strength as a grownup woman who doesn’t automatically fit in cages.”
We’ve also got a first look at the magazine’s “Top 10 Collections” feature. Some stats:
- Which runway show garnered the most page views? Der, it’s Chanel with a staggering 3,531,642 page views
- The top 5 collections of Spring 2012, as ranked by the editors of Style.com: 1. Balenciaga, 2. Lanvin, 3. Prada, 4. Givenchy, 5. Proenza Schouler
- The top 5 collections of Spring 2012 as ranked by visitor traffic to Style.com: 1. Chanel, 2. Louis Vuitton, 3. Prada, 4, Balenciaga, 5. Dolce & Gabbana