SUITED is a biannual fashion and art publication with a singular mission in mind: to celebrate those who have found what they are well-suited for. Our objective is to showcase independent thinkers passionate about creating work that is at once inspired, influential and timeless.
Beauty may be the ultimate enigma: infinite, immeasurable and timeless. Often found in the darker reaches of pain and suffering, it is in life and death, in struggle and triumph. Beauty's one constant is its sphinx-like inscrutability; no two people will see it the same way or find it in the same place. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but it is also something held deep within ourselves. Yet the fact that beauty cannot be defined has not stopped an industry from trying, not only in categorizing our differences but homogenizing them, too.
Our cover story, photographed by Nicholas Alan Cope, highlights Patricia Black, a woman who is unapologetically herself in embracing these differences. A curator and “stylist to the stylists,” she is in many ways the consummate insider, yet she remembers the feeling of being on the outside looking in, of wanting, as she puts it, to “belong in the room.” She has encouraged a much-needed realness in the industry, her dynamic energy a testament to a life lived true to herself. With this issue, we join Black in defining beauty on our own terms.
Beloved author, activist, therapist and muse to photographers like Robert Mapplethorpe and Peter Hujar, Robert Levithan exemplified the idea that beauty can be found in the truth, and in living a life true to oneself. Photographed by Zoltan Tombor. *With Robert's recent passing on May 13, 2016, we're honored to present this story in his loving memory.
Six industry insiders—Linda Rodin, Poppy King, Chris Salgardo, Michelle Harper, Catherine Walsh and Linda Wells—challenge and reflect on what it means to be beautiful. Portraits by David Slijper.
Dilly Dally's debut album is equal parts sweet and sour. Portrait by
Juan José Ortiz.
For Spring/Summer 2016, Siki Im embraces—even revels in—his insecurities. Photographed by
Eduardo Stupía's abstract landscapes unite through a singular common language.
The 85-year-old artist Ibrahim El-Salahi's most significant series of works according to the “godfather of African Modernism” himself.
Photographer Hans Neumann showcases the fluidity of menswear by capturing Tasha on the streets of
The iconoclastic vision of Sacai's Chitose Abe is reflected in her Spring/Summer 2016 collection, as photographed by Christos Karantzolas.
Devin Allen's powerful photographs capture the spirit of his native Baltimore, one year after the uprising.
Rachel Kneebone's sculptural works present complexities as layered as her forms and their influences.
Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk of Area find harmony in dissonance. Evan Browning photographs their Spring/Summer 2016 collection.
Andrew W.K., shot by Nina Ottolino, preaches a philosophy of perpetual partying.
Photographer Christelle de Castro captures a deeper meaning of beauty as her subjects reveal what beauty means to them.