CRASH 97: ‘THE SITUATIONIST ISSUE’
Crash 97, The Situationist Issue is 240 pages of fashion, art, interviews and more. La société du spectacle, the premonitory text written by Guy Debord in 1967, just a few months before May 1968, has left a lasting impression. It was in this text where Debord first introduced the refusal of work, of the large-scale formatting that was in the process of being organized, and of consumer society at large. A refusal also of hobbies, refusal of capitalism, of mass culture, with a desire to live in the present moment. The premises of this movement, if we can call it that, are told in a unique way by Michelle Bernstein in this issue. She takes up one by one the iconic characters who populated this youth in permanent revolt, in 1950’s Paris, in Saint Germain des Prés. We dedicated this issue to them. Crash, in almost twenty-five years, (30 if we count the journal Blocnotes created in 1992) has become the time-capsule of our times, and the diffracted mirror of all these free electrons, emancipated from external influences, and far from marketing of all kinds, a reflection of our contemporary obsessions...
In this latest issue discover photos by the legendary Bruce Gilden shot in New York City, multiple exquisite fashion series in black and white and on polaroid film; an interview and photoshoot with Oscar-winning British actor Eddie Redmayne about his passion for art and his most recent project, The Good Nurse released on Netflix this month; an interview with Swedish musician Lykke Li about the release of her latest musical project EYEYE; an interview with up-and-coming designer, head of French maison Rochas, Charles de Vilmorin; and a selection of rising star designer profiles. The issue is available for order at the Crash store and will be available in kiosks this week. When ordering you may select one of the ten covers of your choosing; discover the covers below.
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Crash Magazine is a French independent magazine published every trimester that can be found in all major press stores. It was founded in 1998 by Frank Perrin and Armelle Leturcq. They are both considered part of the new generation of French art critics that left a mark in the 1990s.
Crash arrived on the French market characterized with an element of the unexpected, filled with a deliberate desire to change things: characterized by a minimalist layout and design, it is constituted by challenging avant-garde visuals seeking to emphasize the beauty of things with innovative ideas. Crash worked in close relation with artists such as Air, Daft Punk, Michel Gondry during the emergence of the "French Touch". Since 2000 however, they have shifted their focus towards the "New Generation" such as Sofia Coppola, Phoenix and Super Discount.
Crash Magazine has been considered a platform for rising talent and new artists and its team is internationally recognized. This publication focuses on fashion and cinema amongst other things, fashion representing a cultural phenomenon of society and everything that is driven by it in our time. Crash has been recognized as the only French publication that dares to mix high-end fashion with urban culture, representing the image of a new generation of consumers that has recently emerged.
Crash publishes an English version sold internationally. The average reader (20–45 years old) sees Crash as a reference point that explores the fresh and upcoming trends, styles, culture and lifestyle.
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