HOW are you all? For the autumn issue of Glass, we were led by the theme Together, suggested by our Space Editor Regner Ramos. I thought it was a pertinent idea, as we are – still – weathering extraordinary times and, although, we are told the most effective way to beat the pandemic collectively is to practise social distancing, which means for some self-isolating, the best way to do this is in the spirit of togetherness.
We asked some of the people featured in these pages what “Together” means to them.
We interviewed the leading Spanish architect Andrés Jaque for our Space section and he told us: “We are questioning the self-confinement of any being and trying to find forms to think about togetherness: a togetherness that connects beings that are radically different … Ultimately, that produces a radical form of interconnectivity. We want to think beyond national divides and beyond individuality.
“For me, it is important to think of this at this particular moment, because these forms of togetherness are a big part of our politics, and a part that needs to be developed.”
Furthering this idea, Mj Rodriguez, the American actor and Glass cover star, adds: “We have to listen to each other, see where our lives are at and [understand] how we can push forward.”
And when we asked Swedish actor Rebecca Ferguson – another of our cover stars – she quipped that Together meant to her: “Spaghetti … Because togetherness is the opposite of isolation and segregation.”
Collection story. From top left: Naomi Janumala, Cordelia Preece, Rachel Meageen, Precious Kevin, Ana Barbosa and Shan Khan. Photograph: James Anastasi. Fashion Director: Katie Felstead
So the theme has many interpretations and is one to ponder as this Autumn we head into season characterised by uncertainty.
We all hope you find this issue as thought-provoking and intriguing as the Glass team has in producing it.
by Caroline Simpson
The Autumn 2020 issue of Glass – entitled Together – is available now.
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