Fazed & Amused!-Joaquin Phoenix, January 2008

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JoaquindazedcoverFrom our guest blogger intern Will:

Dark, dramatic and
ever-so slightly threatening, this month’s Dazed & Confused cover is sure
to stand out on the shelves. Joaquin Phoenix plays cover model and with the
creative Midas-touch of new creative director Nicola Formichetti, the New Year
looks set to start with a fashion-friendly bang. Inside, we have a photographic
portfolio featuring work by Terry Richardson, Oliviero Toscani and others as well as an editorial shot by Matt
Irwin. The theme of both is ‘Nostalgia,’ a trend echoed across the magazine
rack at the moment and seen in W magazine’s new Hilary Swank cover which, with
its paper-thin slip dress and grunge-like simplicity, is 90s-inspired.

So, why
make such a fuss? Well, this is an issue that looks set to offer a glance at
the past year in fashion; the mistakes (It takes a British winter for us to
realise that Acid Brights weren’t as hot as we thought,) the successes
(Mulberry Menswear!) and the trends that we so bravely attempted (I am sitting
here in my paralysis-inducing skinny jeans.) Also, we can look to next year and
conjure up what will be next. Hell’s Angels biker jackets? A male
interpretation of Louis Vuitton’s Nurse Uniforms? Bring on 2008.