There are fashion magazines and then there are fashion bibles. Katie Grand’s seasonal serial Pop, is the latter. Of the wide (and expensive) array of uber-glossies on newsstands only a select few pack such a powerful punch. With each consecutive issue Pop encapsulates perfectly just what is relevant and noteworthy. This time around the theme is 80s redux – a concept so prevalent that even approaching it verges on beating a dead horse. With every Reagan era trend already in heavy rotation it would have been easy for Grand and co. to rest on their laurels and rehash the decade’s standards. Instead of traveling that familiar road the editorial territory Pop approaches is an intelligent mix of the religious, the witty and the thoroughly modern.
Inside one will find fresh material from the likes of Sebastian Faena, Solve Sundsbo, Alasdair McLellan, Josh Olins and Ryan McGinley. Each story is unorthodox in its own way. Pop first timer McGinley takes Agyness Deyn to new heights with wickedly dangerous shots of her plummeting from Soho loft space. Faena does double duty shooting six supermodels for the collectors covers and then churning out the issue’s coup de grâce. Nun Head, the erotic good sisters gone bad story features the stellar cast of Angela Lindvall, Guinevere Van Seenus, Missy Rayder, Maryna Linchuk and an especially sultry Magdelena Frackowiak. With its Catholic imagery and steamy content the story begs for controversy. Sex, nudity, graveyards, cathedrals, shades of Like A Prayer – its all there.
Future classic edits aside the 80s tribute allows for catch up time with several of the decade’s most prominent icons. Wondering what Thierry Mugler, Grace Jones and Claude Montana are up to? Wonder no more as they’ve all got lengthy (and dishy) interviews inside. For those whose fashion aspirations look back even further in history Steven Jones’ loving tribute to golden age costumer Adrian is nothing short of inspirational.
Of course no preview is complete without visual confections – here is a taste of the eye candy to be found within the Fall issue. Note the epic model selection (long time no see Oluchi, Christina Kruse, Elise), a visit from a favorite muppet and of course Natasha Poly loitering outside a peepshow.