System launches issue 10 with 4 Virgil Abloh covers

Covers photographed by Juergen Teller

What is Virgil Abloh?

System couldn’t seem to make up its mind. So, we spent the past six months with the Off-White™ impresario in London, New York, São Paulo, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Paris, Milan and Amsterdam, as well as organising introductions between Virgil and other restless conversationalists, including arts curator extraordinaire Hans Ulrich Obrist and Virgil’s student-years hero, architect Rem Koolhaas.

We also went deep behind the scenes of his collaboration-in-the-making with the €35.1-billion-a-year megabrand, IKEA, producing a 66-page supplement along the way. We then asked dozens of industry figures – among them, Marco Bizzarri, Edward Enninful, Marc Newson, Peter Saville and Jenny Hozer – to go on the record with their personal opinion of Virgil Abloh. And, finally, we sent him off for a sauna with Juergen Teller.

The result? We’re exhausted. Overwhelmed. Spent.

Though Virgil, it seems, is – literally and figuratively – just getting warmed up.

System 10 also features:

A rare glimpse into the world of Jil Sander. Including a stroll around her sumptuous garden and private Hamburg residence, as part of a 50-page report featuring Sander and super-stylist, Joe McKenna, in conversation, and photography by Norbert Schoerner.

Model of the moment, Adwoa Aboah and her close-knit family – sister Kesewa, dad Charles and mother Camilla Lowther – invite Juergen Teller into their London home to talk hairy upper-lips, family bust-ups and love-ins.

Fashion’s master storyteller Tim Blanks relays tales from his spectacularly colourful life, unearths eye-popping imagery from his youth as a glam-rock obsessive, and asks Juergen Teller over to photograph his hairy legs, and a hairier pair of Jack Russells.

Plus, a season behind the scenes at Sies Marjan by photographer Colin Dodgson. A look into the life and inspirations of stylist and photographer, Venetia Scott. Juergen Teller shoots Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Haider Ackermann talks transforming Berluti, while Natacha Ramsay-Levi explains her series of firsts at Chloé. Alexander Fury recounts his quest to track down his dream vintage Lacroix. Avant-garde technologist, Iris van Herpen looks back on 10 years of innovative fashion, with photographs by Solve Sundsbo. Hermès, through the eyes of the legendary, late photographer Bill King. Elise Crombez getting wet with Charlotte Wales and Camille Bidault-Waddington. And Jonathan Saunders on being a Scotsman in New York.

System is available to purchase from 16th November exclusively at Dover Street Market in London and New York, colette in Paris, and 10 Corso Como in Milan. Then from quality press vendors and newsstands internationally from 20th November. 



‘Portrait Zootropique de Joana Preiss.’

Joana Preiss shines in CHANEL for a fashion film by Julien Ribot and Annabelle Jouot.


Chanteuse, actress and director, Joana Preiss, guest-stars in Julien Ribot and Annabelle Jouot’s latest project.

Preiss, the quintessential Parisian muse and long-time collaborator of the great Nan Goldin, stars in head-to- toe CHANEL in a psychedelic rendering of her portrait. Watch Ribot and Jouot’s trippy short-film, Portrait Zootropique de Joana Preiss, exclusively above.

Directed by Julien Ribot and Annabelle Jouot. Make-up by Céline Exbrayat. Special thanks to Fabienne Martin, Maria Schoenhofer and CHANEL

© julienribotstudio 2017



‘My studio is more than a place of experimentation.
It’s an extension of my own mind.’

The work and inspirations of one of fashion’s go-to music men.

By Frédéric Sanchez


Frédéric Sanchez, one of fashion’s go-to music men, creates an original film for System that showcases his inspirations and life’s work.

Music-producer, Frédéric Sanchez, can be considered more than that. Known for featuring complex loops in his compositions, and creating audio-visual “soundscapes” with original films, Sanchez is best described as a sound-artist. The latter title, “artist”, is often also assigned to those Sanchez has collaborated with for many years, producing music for the shows of designers Martin Margiela, Miuccia Prada, and Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons.

Sanchez revisited his archive for System, reworking footage from his various projects for a film that showcases his body of work, and the space in which it was created: his studio. Read Sanchez on the significance of this space, in his own words, below.

“My studio has become more than a place of experimentation; it’s like an extension of my own mind. With the many connections that are made, and interrupted there, it’s a space that leads me down previously unknown paths. Those paths meander and merge, responding to one another before inspiring something different – a new image. I give this new image to the viewers, who can then perceive it with their own emotions and dream up their own interpretation.”

For more from Frédéric Sanchez, read his conversation with fellow music producer, Michel Gaubert, in System No. 9. Click to buy.

Credits: Roma by Federico Fellini (1972), The Last of England by Derek Jarman (1988), Martin Margiela at Café de la Gare, Station Saint-Martin (1992), Siouxsie and the Banshees, Martine Sitbon at Elysée Montmartre (2008), Evening of Light by François De Menil (1969), Barbara Sukowa, Francesco Vezzoli, Visage, Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Café Society’ (1994), Merce Cunningham, Michael Clarke, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, Virgin Prunes, Prada, Comme des Garçons at Elysée Montmartre, Patrice Chéreau’s Bayreuth, Dior Homme, Last Year in Marienbad by Alain Resnais (1861), And the Ship Sails On by Federico Fellini (1983).