Who really keeps the cogs of the fashion machine in motion? In this issue, we look at the extraordinary talent of those who stage fashion, from imaginative set designers to catwalk-creating maestros.
We ask AMO what drives its longstanding collaboration with Prada and get under the skin of denim brand G-Star to find out what retail means now. In Tokyo, we take in Band of Outsiders’ ‘future prep’ style, and in Lisbon we’re immersing ourselves in a whirlwind of a fashion exhibition by Alexandre de Betak.
Unveiling ideas for the Marina Abramovic Institute
Stunning set designs from Chanel, Dries van Noten and Peter Pilotto; Zaha’s controversial Serpentine addition; new boutiques from Schemata, March Studio and Phillip Lim; Graziano di Cintio on the art of visual merchandising; hot stuff in a display strategy for Nike; and much more
The Great Indoors Award 2013
270 international entries, five stellar jurors and four incredible winning designs
‘I say yes to a lot of stuff’: Music, art, fashion, interiors ... Henrik Vibskov won’t be put in a box
Not Everybody’s Buying It: Boutiques for Fendi, Moschino and Alaïa get an expert appraisal
A Very ‘Band’ Design: Lot-Ek nails Band of Outsiders’ future-prep style in a Tokyo store
Scene Stealers: Five talents from the world of set design
‘I forgot about fashion shows’: Alexandre de Betak turns his eye towards exhibition design
Combined Vision: Prada reinvents fashion; AMO reinvents the fashion show
Mosa: The 130-year-old tile producer says ceramic skins are the future
Update: Showroom openings and the latest launches from 100% Design
Catalogue: Bathroom breakthroughs in ceramics and sanitary ware
Fashion Experiment: Five innovations that are shaping the future of clothing
Failures and Fortunes: Todd Bracher on why being a ‘good’ designer isn’t enough
Process: Axor Starck Organic challenges our water-wasting habits
Essay: Designers turn alchemist in their approach to new materials
Design Art: Daniel Arsham is a ‘future archaeologist’
Books: Can Monocle help us live a better life?