A Quarterly Style Supplement of the Village Voice
Welcome to the debut issue of The Seen, a quarterly Village Voice supplement devoted to exploring and sharing the most dynamic elements of New York City’s fashion and design worlds, from the iconic to the as yet undiscovered.
As someone who has lived here and worked in the fashion industry for nearly twenty years, one of the things that strikes me most about New Yorkers is the ease with which we pretty much do whatever the hell we want, especially when it comes to our wardrobes. It is precisely this combination of irreverence and insouciance that has established New York as one of the most revered sources of style inspiration in the world — inspiration that extends well beyond what designers send down the runways during Fashion Week. In that spirit, it seemed only fitting to dedicate this inaugural issue to examining and celebrating Personal Style.
Cover model Julia Cumming, lead singer of Brooklyn-based Sunflower Bean and muse to designer Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent, personifies this spirit and energy in both her music and her wardrobe. To lead things off, contributor Corey Beasley sits down with Julia and bandmates Jacob Faber and Nick Kivlen to discuss music, modeling, and their debut album, Human Ceremony.
Nowhere, perhaps, is personal style more evident than on the city sidewalks, so I’m especially excited to announce the rebirth of “On the Street,” a feature Amy Arbus photographed for the Voice in the 1980s. Arbus shares anecdotes and insights, followed by current street-style photographs by Carter Fish.
Of course, the expression of personal style has evolved since Arbus documented it (see our essay here), yet new and unique ways to express our personalities through adornment are all around us. They can surface via body art (meet celebrity tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy), in the makeup we choose (discover made-in-NYC brand MAKE Beauty), or at our go-to stores (filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie and performance artist Destiny Frasqueri share their favorites for everything from records to pens to socks).
I hope this issue sparks your creativity and curiosity and inspires you to further explore — and perhaps even discover — what defines your own personal style.
Editor, The Seen