The last year and a half—for better or for worse—has been intricately linked to change. Change in the way we’ve been forced to adapt and respond to an unprecedented pandemic; change in the way we, as human beings, have interacted with one another; change even in our feelings about getting dressed and our approach to fashion. The eternal optimist in me will always view change as a period for growth, but it can sometimes feel uncomfortable, and never has that been more apparent than in the fashion industry. Many consumers are no longer sitting back complacent and are instead choosing to align with brands ushering in a new era of sustainability, inclusivity, innovation, and representation. This period of change has encouraged all of us to have a voice, but we’re just getting started. In this issue, we’re highlighting voices that promote progress in our access to open education, regarding sustainability, the desire to forge a deeper connection with clothing, new ways to talk about inclusivity in fashion, and a commitment to the ongoing analysis of it all—yes, the clothing itself, but also our consumption habits, the language we use in marketing, and the responsibility that comes with influence. So, what will shape the future of fashion? That largely remains to be seen, but thoughtful change is good and the future for the fashion industry can and should be bright and better than ever. —Jess Teves
Nearly 30 years ago, Joan Rivers asked a simple question that would forever alter the structure of the fashion industry. Once "Who are you wearing?" became commonplace, the clothing that housed the year's best actresses and actors were not only linked to a celebrity but to a designer, creating a new liaison between the two entities: the stylist. "We are all here and we are able to thrive and to build really great businesses because Joan Rivers asked that one question that one time," says Law Roach, taking this opportunity to thank the trailblazer. Those four little words transformed the red carpet from a glamorous pre-show ritual into a monumental component of the fashion industry and, on a larger scale, pop-culture. It provided a stylist with the platform to reach the masses.