For Issue 36 of Schön!, we look back in order to move forward. We dust away outdated trends and opt for a full-on renaissance, because style is indeed eternal. With revival and reinvention as our main conductors, we look at the transience of culture, fashion and art. We fill our pages with disruptors, trendsetters, performers and creators that advance our culture, albeit with their gaze turned to the past.
We start with our cover star H.E.R., shot by Oriana Layendecker, whose interpretation of R&B goes back to the genre’s roots. Staying in the music realm, we catch up with the unapologetic Azealia Banks as she lets us into her boudoir, and London girl Lava La Rue schools us on how to turn nostalgia into creative fuel. Ballet’s bad boy Sergei Polunin takes us on a ride through California as he discusses what freedom means to him.
On screen, we celebrate new talents like Kathryn Newton, who will be gracing both the small and big screens in the highly anticipated Big Little Lies and Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy Boynton goes noir in Netflix’s black comedy The Politician, Jack Dylan Grazer talks reviving ‘60s comics in Shazam!, Stephanie Beatriz reveals how she breaks boundaries in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Tati Gabrielle and Chance Perdomo dish on their wicked characters and their future (joint) mischiefs. Last but not least, Sofia Carson spills some secrets on the hotly anticipated Pretty Little Liars’s spin-off The Perfectionists.
Certainly, retro finds its best counterpart in fashion. In these pages, photographer Nadia Lee Cohen captures British designer and “partner in crime” Zizi Donohoe serving up old Hollywood glamour, and we sit down with menswear designer Umit Benan, whose collection counts Malcolm X and Tupac as influences.
In our editorials, model-turned-voyager Sara Robaszkiewicz navigates deserted lands, Mona Matsuoka embodies timeless elegance, we explore monochromatic glamour with Bing Bing Liu, Nina Granic becomes our retro beauty muse, and our New York Models gang, led by Julia Belyakova, colour up our world.
Everything, like fashion, is cyclical in nature. The past shapes the present and the present shapes the past. For Issue 36, we remember and dream with a generous dose of retro-infused nostalgia.
The cover of Schön! 36 has been produced by
photography. Oriana Layendecker
fashion. Brett Alan Nelson @ TheOnly.Agency
hair. Ursula Stephen @ Starworks Artists
make up. Kisha Augustine @ TmgRepresents
location. Andrew Samaha @ NYCfilmlocations
words. Shama Nasinde