What’s your guilty pleasure, your innermost secret, or the thing you feel a burning desire to confess to? That’s the fascinating area Sleek investigates in the new autumn issue, entitled Kiss & Tell. The magazine’s cover assignment curates a smorgasbord of confessional stories gleaned from the very lips of the fashion and art worlds themselves.
The highlights may be Peter Lyle’s sensational essay on the meaning, lore and importance of the kiss and Francesca Gavin’s insightful portfolio of the new male nude in fine art, but there’s also an extensive digest on Talia Chetrit’s re-telling of body language, and Ivan Argote’s public displays of affection and subversion. The issue’s fashion coverage takes us into the secret world of the hustler and back to that moment in the very early Eighties when fashion designers assertively opened up their vision and language to a new type of didactic honesty. There’s further fashion magic from international talents including Markus Pritzi, Lorenzo Posocco, Laurence Ellis, Harry Lambert, Niclas Heikkinen, Lyz Marsden and Frank Sauvaire.
Alongside that, Sleek’s coverage of all that’s contemporary in fashion and art includes exclusive interviews with the dOCUMENTA sensations Cardiff Miller, matchless interventionist Jeremy Deller (whose Stonehenge bouncy castle “Sacrilege” caused a sensation of its own at London’s Cultural Olympiad), Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier and his collaboration with Berlin’s Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur, high-street visionaries Karin Gustafsson and Martin Andersson of COS, with fashion stories on the grunge revival, the fine art of dating from Tokyo, BLK DNM in Stockholm, and hot new label Capara on the streets of Berlin.
Plus in the back, there’s Sleek’s new, improved Journal, which includes studio visits with emerging Berlin art figures Nick Jeffrey, Nam Chau, Timur Si-Qin, and Antoine Renard, and notes on the revival of handcraft, a memoir from the new Tate Tanks in London, books to read, stuff to ponder on, and fashion moments with Alex Mabille, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and plenty more.