Encensing

>> This may feel like some kind of coupled-co-ordinated post seeing as Steve has also posted about the latest issue of Encens.  But I swear to you, it's nothing as cutesy as that.  I've been enamoured with Encens for not all of the magazine's lifetime but whenever it does cross my path.  Stylist and editors
Sybille Walter and Samuel Drira and their baby Encens is essentially a hugely inspirational vanity project, which isn't a dig at all when you consider that by being completely selfish and publishing something that is to your exacting desires and going in a direction that bucks what is already out there is a risk and is the root of all exciting publishing (The Face – must we carry on mourning?). 

Anyhow Walter and Drira are concerned with looking back to look forward or perhaps they're not trying to look forward at all and in fact, want to stand still at a time where certain designers of a loose period of 70s-90s are the focus (Ted Lapidus, Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Thierry Mugler, Issey Miyake come to mind – all carefully sourced and seamlessly blended with more contemporary pieces) and where silhouettes are rich, dramatic and playing with contrasts all the time. 

I'm serving up a video flick through because this beast of an issue is impossible to scan and now that it has become an annual issue, it's thicker than ever and renders it a coffee table book as opposed to a flicky style mag. It's best to try and hunt it down (it took me three tries at the Soho newsies to get hold of it…) and see for yourself the specific styling that Walter and Drira have employed.  It's also worth the ¬£15 to gorge yourself on the images in your own privacy and NOT gratify yourself with shonky scans of this evocative pic fest…


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13 Replies to “Encensing”

  1. Great post, I just bought this today. Its such an original and highly inspiring magazine (although I’m more tempted to call it a book!) I’m glad it can get such great exposure through your blog.

  2. even in its original avatar, it was hardly your average style mag- I have encens 17,18 and 25 in my possession and they felt like mini-style books as opposed to being for-the-moment like most other magazines (helped along liberally by the amounts of untranslated French text). It’s definitely got its own aesthetic, and, much like Lula, I admire it for sticking to that. Love the look of no. 26 though- it’s almost the kind of thing I feel a grubby plebeian like me shouldn’t even be touching, but it doesn’t feel as snobbish as certain other magazines sometimes do.

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