A thoughtful and dishy-sounding new print magazine is set to hit newsstands in May.
We first heard about the mag, called System, when stylist and Nicolas Ghesquiere muse/collaborator Marie-Amélie Sauvé mentioned it in an interview with The Cut last month. “It’s a new magazine, and it’s not really a fashion magazine — fashion is just one part of it — so it let me give my opinion on something other than fashion,” she said. “And I was also able to help with the written part of a magazine, because typically I only do editorials. It really opened up my mind to express myself outside of a photo shoot.”
Sauvé, a guest editor, also likely helped rein in Ghesquiere for System‘s first cover, which you can see below.
The Times‘ Eric Wilson chatted with some of magazine’s editorial team, which so far includes: Alexia Niedzielski and Elizabeth von Guttman, who together launched Industrie and Ever Manifesto; former Numéro editor Jonathan Wingfield; Paradis art director Thomas Lenthal, and Sauvé.
In addition to the first in-depth interview with Ghesquiere post-Balenciaga, the issue will feature profiles on Yves Carcelle and Azzedine Alaïa and photo portfolios by Patrick Demarchelier, Juergen Teller, Karim Sadli and Neville Wakefield. Wilson describes System as “a deep-thoughts magazine about the fashion industry,” with a mission to “explore the milieu of fashion, like what happens when a star designer leaves a house, or when an e-commerce site overtakes a traditional retailer.”
…Or when a promising independent magazine is met with opposition from bigger publishing houses?
Apparently, Condé Nast, where Sauvé is a senior fashion editor at W, is not thrilled about her involvement in System; and the magazine’s future is dependent on careful negotiations between Condé and System‘s editors.
While frustrating, we’ll take Condé’s hostility as a sign that this magazine has the potential to be really good. We’re definitely intrigued.