We love an excuse to do something different/special here at InStyle HQ, so to celebrate our 15th birthday, we really wanted to go for it. But in this (sometimes) scarily dynamic world, that’s pelting along so ridiculously fast, it seemed somehow wrong to look back at what we’ve done in the past and way more relevant (and useful) to think about what’s next. And because at InStyle we’ve always championed new talent – transforming burgeoning actors, musicians and talented personalities in our fashion and beauty shoots – this issue is devoted to all that’s new, now and entirely current. We thought about who would be the creators, makers and thinkers shaping our future world. It seemed only right that the intriguing musician Claire Boucher (aka Grimes) should be our cover star. I was lucky enough to interview her, and she is one of the most captivating and brilliantly curious women I have ever met.
But who else is changing the way we experience fashion, film, music and art? For our #FutureFifteen portfolio (page 120), InStyle’s Chloe Mac Donnell interviewed pioneering and exceptional creatives, from filmmaker Samantha Michelle to shoe designer Dora Teymur and spatial designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. It makes for interesting reading about what our impending world might look like. We commissioned 21-year-old photographer Ronan Mckenzie to capture 15-year-old girls on camera, discovering their take on skincare, make-up and (inevitably) the Kardashians.
As we’ve become increasingly digitally focused, with Facebook live videos broadcasting regularly from my office and our YouTube stars Josh Newis-Smith and George Driver keeping it real with celebrities and beauty experts, we’ve also thought quite a lot about how the print slice of InStyle might look as time passes. For me, a magazine should be beautiful, tactile and thought-provoking. So we went all out for this special edition by involving an array of new artists and photographers to help create the issue.
We hope you like Nhu Xuan Hua’s portraits of Grimes (page 107), illustrator Pablo Thecuadro’s renditions of our #FutureFifteen images, Amy Gwatkin’s eerily exquisite photographs of this autumn’s gorgeous accessories (page 70) and the Tattooed Bakers’ idiosyncratic birthday cake that they made for us (page 218). Enjoy the issue and join in the celebrations!
See a sneak preview of our very special Grimes shoot here...