Who would have known that these could be interesting times for the culture of fashion? While reading Scout Holiday, one of my favourite blogs (it always makes me think of a little lost city with its beautiful simplicity and exquisite treasures/reflections), I stumbled upon several images taken from a publication called “Encens”. Sadly, I don’t know much about it and wasn’t able to find a copy in London but I still felt compelled to write about these photos. In this shoot, the photographer and stylist have managed to breathe new life into vintage elements of the eighties genre: the clothes, accessories, makeup, setting and light. They have captured the essence of a long gone era with intelligent sympathy denuded of sentimentality. There’s a taste of authenticity about this shoot and the styling and photography have been created with an impressive sense of inside knowledge.Looking at other “Encens” fashion stories which appealed to my eye (on The Fashion Spot), I realized that I had found an aesthetically covetable magazine which has probably successfully carved a niche for itself with its rare quality of being able to communicate its influences accurately. A niche where its fashion editor is free to art direct with strong individual creativity, unlike other publications which have often been reduced to a formula.
This is the beginning of a love affair. Only one small problem, where do I buy it?
All images: The Fashion Spot