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Wednesday, January 04, 2006
  Purple Fashion Number 4 Fall/Winter 2005/06

Newly arrived at the Menil Collection Bookstore is Purple Fashion Number 4. This issue features stories and interviews with the likes of Stephanie Seymour, John Baldessari, Rick Owens, Jun Takahashi, Kristen McMenamy, Rita Ackermann, Stefano Pilati, Miltos Manetas, and Brooke Shields. There are two different covers for this issue, featuring either Stephanie Seymour or a cigar-chomping, botox-and-collagen-sporting, sunglass-wearing Mickey Rourke. As always, Purple Fashion also includes a special extra book and this time they've turned the reins over to designer Hedi Slimane. His contribution for Number 4 is a book entitled Interzone, a reference to the Joy Division song of the same name. This is entirely evident upon opening the book and quickly thumbing through his photo-essay. Slimane is engaged with the moody black and white photography that characterized Joy Division's image in the late 1970's/early 80's. Considering the way that the period is being mined for current popular culture, this is hardly surprising. His subjects are all young men, possibly 19 or 20, and they all espouse that moodiness. Slimane also has paired black and white reproductions of 16th-18th century painted portraits of young men with his own contemporary photos. Purple Fashion is always a great read and the photography is incomparable. Price $20.00.
where on earth can i buy this book??? i am american and lust for the interzone book.
unfortunately, i no longer have that issue in stock. i get them from a Dutch distributor based in Amsterdam called Idea Books. I don't know if they work directly. my feeling is that they don't. i can look into the possibility of getting a back issue for you. please email me at:

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