In the last few years, fashion has beared witness to the unprecedented growth of streetwear. A style and culture originally born on the streets, streetwear and streetstyle represent a newfound freedom in fashion that rebels against the traditional constraints of couture.
I am drawn to the honesty and self-expression that streetwear encourages — a democracy within fashion that gives power back to the people. At its core, streetwear is a celebration of unique styles and diverse perspectives, regardless of the trends being shown on the runway. I believe in the truth that streetwear allows us all to express. That’s why I decided to make it the theme of the Spring 2018 issue.
Forgoing the professional studio lighting and the ease of digital photography, every photo in this issue of Fringe was taken on a chunky, medium-format film camera that looks straight out of the 1920s. We decided to shoot many of our photos on the streets of Chinatown in order to capture a gritty and unpolished feel. A huge thank you to Echo Chen, Sam Cheng and Julia Saliba along with the rest of the multimedia team who helped translate my wild, creative visions into a printed reality.
Thank you so much to Amanda Burkett, my fabulous co-stylist, who helped keep our models looking fresh. Thank you to our management team — especially Veronica and Pam, for keeping my head straight and my feet grounded throughout the process of shaping this issue — and Rachel for crafting the beautiful layout. And lastly, thank you to our wonderful writers who tell the stories.
Please enjoy this issue of Fringe, I hope you see the vision, too.