Since its inception Dazed and Confused has been one of the standards by which other magazines are judged. The Dazed look – that instantly recognizable blend of innovation and edge, has spawned imitators, but none that can match the original when it comes to style and wit. With the launch of the July issue Dazed begins a new era of creativity. Led by fashion director Robbie Spencer, the London glossy breaks new ground with content that pushes the visual envelope and dares to inspire and provoke. The dazzling 30 page Paolo Roversi cover story is a near mythic exploration of “trash fashion” that reveals the extraordinary quality of discarded objects.
Finding the beauty in the unexpected is one of Robbie Spencer’s specialties; throughout his illustrious career he has continuously taken fashion into the realm of art with unorthodox styling, creating some of the most memorable imagery in recent memory. In this Models.com exclusive preview, he unveils his plans for Dazed’s future, the inspiration behind the astonishing cover story and just what keeps him excited about fashion.
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Photography by Paolo Roversi
Styling by Robbie Spencer
A Models.com interview by Janelle Okwodu
What does your new position as fashion director entail? Under my direction, alongside Creative Director Chris Simmonds and Editor Tim Noakes, I intend to build on the visual language we have developed as a team over the past three years. My goal is and has always been to create and commission memorable imagery, as well as unifying the Dazed aesthetic for both print and digital.
As Fashion Director I intend to bring a youthful enthusiasm to the pages of Dazed, working with a new fashion team as well as new contributors. This marks a new era of Dazed and I am excited about what we can achieve together. What made you want to work with Paolo on your first issue as fashion director?
It was a real privilege to work with Paolo on my first issue as Fashion Director of Dazed & Confused. I felt like he was the perfect component in capturing the rawness of the issue’s “trash fashion” theme while also producing some beautiful and almost couture-like imagery. I felt like together we were able to create a real statement of intent using some of our favourite girls: Kati Nescher, Vanessa Axente, Marie Piovesan and Ondria Hardin.