“Bring on the New Year” says: EVERYONE

We look to the future for a better year ahead (not hard).

Words Adam Bryce

2020 will forever exist as a landmark in history. A year clouded by a global pandemic and its associated health, economic and social effects. A year that will always be remembered for the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by the US police force. A much wider awareness of systemic racism in society and the traction of Black Lives Matter, a movement we hope will lead to a new level of equality and education the world over. 

As we head into 2021 there are some positives we want to see continue to grow.

The coming together of creative talent

A few years ago, Australian photographer Lachlan Bailey shared a diary entry from earlier in his career. He was already on his trajectory to the top and had begun shooting for some big brands and publications in London. From the outside, it looked to many as though everything he touched turned to gold but he was down, broke and about to give up photography. It was an honest reveal of how hard it is to make it in the industry. In a 2020 interview for the Business of Fashion, Ethan James Green revealed that before scoring his first big campaign he was drowning in US$150,000 debt. Yet at the time he was already a much-in-demand model who appeared to have swiftly soared to the top. 

The openness of people such as Bailey and Green will hopefully assist a new generation of photographers in comprehending some of the challenges faced by the industry. More importantly, their frankness also highlights the need to work collectively and supportively.

Within weeks of the onslaught of Covid-19, Pictures For Elmhurst saw 187 artists join forces to raise over US$1.3 million dollars for Elmhurst Hospital. In a bid to support a new generation of diverse talent in an ongoing capacity, Rubric Initiative was established as a much-needed platform to help address fashion’s barriers for entry. 

Here’s to more as we collectively look towards a new, equal and together future.

ethan james green

Above
Photography by
Ethan James

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Photography by
tyler mitchell
via pictures for elmhurst.

The fashion industry’s obsession with sustainability

Whether via earnest efforts in making the world a better place or merely trend-following tactics, fashion has become obsessed with sustainability. And we are not complaining.

As more research is announced and more information becomes available to the mainstream, it’s no longer a case of which brands make the most noise, rather who best innovates and approaches it with an authentic attitude.

bode

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BODE.

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patagonia.

Fashion media’s continued push towards diversity

Many fashion magazines have started to include more realistic representations of bodies within their pages, as well consciously casting with diversity in mind. There is still a long way to go until the fashion industry addresses the deep-rooted prejudices that have plagued it for so long, but we hope that 2021 will see the traction of more sustained efforts toward change. 

On the shores of Aotearoa, All is for All continues to host workshops that help differently abled people enjoy access to fashion. Globally, we also applaud the naming of Edward Enniful as Vogue European’s editorial director, and look forward to seeing the influence that Enniful’s position has on parent company Condé Nast. 

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Paloma Elsesser on the
cover of American vogue.

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maggie marilyn.

Auckland Art Fair and the launch of Index’s ART magazine

This year saw massive disruption to the art world with galleries and museums forced to shut shop for the foreseeable future. Due to New Zealand’s early grip on Covid-19, the art scene was affected less than others but, by no means, was it business as usual.

After a swift shift from physical to digital in 2020, the Auckland Art Fair will return next year and, for the first time, will be hosted during summer. In many ways, it feels like a particularly important fair, likely to be one of the only art fairs to take place in 2021 with much of the world still heavily affected by Covid-19.

The Auckland Art Fair will also host the launch of our new INDEX publication, titled ART. Focusing on critical thinking and in-depth coverage of art and artists, ART will encourage a new guard of emerging talent and celebrate contemporary art through multiple lenses. 

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Kōkōwai, 2019 by
Robyn Kahukiwa Hine.
image courtesy of
black door gallery

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PAINTING No. 20-19,
Untitled (THE NEW NORMAL),
2020 by Jan van der Ploeg.
image courtesy of sumer gallery.
sumer gallery

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