Welcome to our September Luxe in Flux issue, featuring a vast array of perspectives on the definition of "luxury" today and the things people value, whether it's a Hermes bag, an extreme beauty treatment (bird poop facials are very much a thing right now) or something more emotional, and abstract like the luxury of time, the luxury of water, the luxury of privacy or the luxury of open borders. As these ideas suggest, in an ever-more global and tech-centric world, the definition of luxury is getting reconsidered.
Our cover stars Olivier Rousteing and Jeremy Scott, posing with their muses Jennifer Lopez and rising K-Pop star CL, have brought new energy and life to the fashion houses Balmain and Moschino and taken luxury to the masses while modernizing their brands.
Elsewhere in the issue, we talk to Riccardo Tisci, who is moving his Givenchy fashion show to New York Fashion Week this year as the brand sets to open a flagship in Manhattan. We also check in with Alexander Wang, who resigned from Balenciaga to focus on his namesake company as we were shipping this issue, about his luxury legacy. You'll also find interviews with design duos Proenza Schouler and Dan and Dean Caten of Dsquared2 as well as a striking photo spread on luxury and all of its outrageous iterations with famed architect-designers Roman & Williams.
But this issue goes far beyond the limitations of luxury as it applies to fashion. We've got a hilarious essay by Kathy Griffin on the luxury of time; Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to us about the California drought and water conservation; and we take a trip to Cuba and reflect on the luxury of freedom and travel without restriction. The issue also includes a powerful interview with Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning conducted via snail mail from her jail cell with musician Holly Herndon about the luxury of privacy and how it applies to art, activism and gender.
And that's only the half of it. Stay tuned Wednesday for our cover stories with Rousteing, J.Lo, Scott and CL and look for our issues on stand Monday, August 31st.
Photographed by Nicolas Moore, styling by Rob and Mariel.
Photographed by Marcus Mam, styling by Liz Barrois.