Episode 1
Rem Koolhaas

The guest of our debut episode is Dutch architect, urbanist, theorist, and all-round big thinker Rem Koolhaas. With his architecture firm OMA, Rem conjures up the kind of buildings that are as spectacular as they are challenging, mixing intense research and investigation with a taste for avant-garde design. In Asia, he’s delivered projects such as the monumental Beijing headquarters of China’s state broadcasting company, CCTV, while in America his work includes the intricate and multi-layered Seattle Central Library. Then there’s his 20-year collaboration with Prada, working continuously on the brand’s shops, set design and its art foundation in Milan.

More than any single building though, Rem is perhaps best known for being a kind of one-man think tank, travelling the world and bringing his experiences and encounters into new architecture, new books, new exhibitions, and above all, new ideas.

Press play to listen to Rem Koolhaas reminiscing about why his childhood was too adventurous for Lego, why he thinks the word ‘icon’ should be banished, and why the future of architecture might just be biology – and don’t forget to subscribe to Past, Present and Future to hear each new episode as soon as it drops.

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Portrait by Willy Vanderperre
Podcast music by Frédéric Sanchez



Past, Present
and Future

A podcast series from System

Past, Present and Future is a new podcast series from System magazine. In each episode, we invite the biggest names from the worlds of fashion and the arts to chat about where they’re from, where they’re currently at, and where all of us might be heading.

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Podcast music by Frédéric Sanchez



System launches new issue featuring cover stars Ibrahim Kamara and Rafael Pavarotti, photographed by Juergen Teller

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Over the past 18 months, stylist Ibrahim Kamara and photographer Rafael Pavarotti have emerged as a potent new force in fashion image-making. The duo are interviewed and present their latest work in a brand new 82-page fashion portfolio entitled ‘Your dreams are my dreams’, styled by Kamara and photographed by Pavarotti.

Also in System’s 300+ page issue:

Thebe Magugu in conversation with curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, in which the Johannesburg-based designer and 2019’s LVMH Prize winner reflects on how he uses fashion both to celebrate and interrogate the rich history of his homeland, South Africa. With photographs by Tim Elkaïm and styling by Agata Belcen.
Photographer Mark Lebon transformed a garage in 1980s London into a creative playground known as Crunch and became the catalyst for a sprawling countercultural scene that continues to influence fashion today. System explores the people and legacy of Crunch, while presenting a new portfolio of work focused on a fashion story collaboration between Lebon and stylist Amanda Harlech. With contributions and recollections from the likes of John Galliano, Nick Knight, Kim Jones, Mario Sorrenti, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Glen Luchford, Tyrone Lebon, and many more.
Performance artist Vinson Fraley, Jr. and photographer Mario Sorrenti collaborate on a statement-making portfolio and conversation that leans beyond choreography and into abstraction, featuring the underwear of menswear designer Ludovic de Saint Sernin.
Fashion historian Olivier Saillard meets Paris couture’s discreet radical Adeline André, with photographs by Maxime Imbert and styling by Camille Bidault-Waddington.
Plus, Hung Huang on how post-lockdown shopping in China is keeping the industry afloat; Mahmoud ‘Mo’ Mfinanga on how today’s most important photographers are those who have been silenced; and Mohamed Megdoul on why gaming holds the future for fashion. And Bryanboy answers his bespoke ‘Shopping Questionnaire’ by Loïc Prigent.

System Issue 16 is accompanied by an exclusive 70-page Coach supplement, exploring the American brand’s recent collaboration with Juergen Teller featuring the 16-strong ‘Coach family’ including Kaia Gerber and Hari Nef in New York, Kate Moss and Lexi Boling in London, and Xiao Wen Ju in Shanghai, to name a few. Accompanied by Juergen Teller and Coach’s creative director Stuart Vevers in conversation.
System is available exclusively at Dover Street Market in London, New York and Los Angeles and 0fr. Bookshop in Paris, from November 30th. Then at quality press vendors and newsstands internationally from December 5th.

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System launches its biggest-ever issue, produced entirely under lockdown.

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System launches its biggest-ever issue on July 1st. Produced entirely in Covid-19 lockdown, over 50 days between April and May, the 500-page issue is a Warholian time capsule of a period that already feels strangely distant and frozen in memory.

Featuring 35 different covers – all photographed by Juergen Teller – presenting the many participants in a quarantine conversation series entitled ‘What do we talk about?’. The Zoom conversations see a broad range of fashion designers connecting with friends, colleagues, heroes and other designers to reflect on life in lockdown and their collective future in fashion.

Participants include Virgil Abloh, Kim Jones, Victoria Beckham, Telfar Clemens, Silvia Fendi, Rick Owens, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Jonathan Anderson, Bella Hadid, Charles Jeffrey, Tommy Hilfiger, Daniel Lee, Matthew Williams, Gwendoline Christie, Andreas Kronthaler, Lotta Volkova, and many more.

The issue also presents ‘What are we looking at?’, a 300-page document assembling 17 exclusive fashion portfolios, each one orchestrated by a leading industry art director, including the likes of Marc Ascoli, M/M (Paris), Fabien Baron, Ferdinando Verderi, Ezra Petronio, Dennis Freedman, David James, Veronica Ditting, Christopher Simmonds, Patrick Li, Franck Durand, Lee Swillingham, Ben Kelway, and more.

System Issue 15 is accompanied by an exclusive 120-page CHANEL supplement, exploring the House’s unique Métiers d’art. Featuring Pharrell Williams in the ateliers of Lesage, Lemarié and Maison Michel, photographed by Juergen Teller. Plus, CHANEL’s president of fashion Bruno Pavlovsky in conversation with Loïc Prigent, Virginie Viard, and with illustrations by Jean-Philippe Delhomme.

System is available exclusively at Dover Street Market London, Shreeji News in London, 0fr. Bookstore in Paris and online at IDEA Books from June 26, then at quality press vendors and newsstands internationally from July 1.

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System launches new issue featuring cover star
Yohji Yamamoto interviewed by Rick Owens

Yohji Yamamoto photographed by Juergen Teller

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Very few designers can be talked about as revolutionaries who changed the course of contemporary fashion. Yohji Yamamoto is one. Fiercely independent, he still cherishes one thing above all else, fifty years after he graduated from fashion school: his absolute freedom. And freedom – fundamental to creativity – is a word we so rarely associate with fashion designers any more. Which is what makes Yohji-san the Master. Fellow designer Rick Owens interviews our cover star in Paris, with photographs by Juergen Teller.

Also in this action-packed 450+ page issue:

Next-gen super-stylist Ibrahim Kamara uses the language of fashion to challenge every stereotype. Kamara’s looks of the season are photographed by Paolo Roversi.

Alexander Fury pens an ode to the most criminally overlooked designer in British fashion history, Antony Price. While Bella Hadid brings classic Price looks back to life, photographed by Sharna Osborne and styled by Vanessa Reid.

Fashion’s new wunderkind, costume designer Tomo Koizumi, in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, on navigating the industry with a helping hand from Marc Jacobs and Katie Grand, and photographed by Juergen Teller.

Young Turks, the record label that could teach luxury fashion houses a thing or two. Our mega-triptych feature includes YT founder Caius Pawson in conversation about the fostering of creative genius. Meanwhile, we reveal The xx’s 10-year anniversary clothing collaboration with Raf Simons, photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo. We then ask Peter Saville the question, “What is Merch?”, before presenting a cross-cultural project between dance troup LEV, and YT artists Jamie xx and Koreless, photographed by Harley Weir.

For Francesco Risso, Marni is a platform to explore the outer limits of consciousness. Tim Blanks tracks down the designer during a recent silent retreat, while Ethan James Green takes Marni’s recent collections out for an upstate New York Hallowe’en weekender, styled by Tom Guinness.

Noticing a recurring off-kilter model trend? From Hood by Air to Gucci and Marni, the new normal in casting is defined by Walter Pearce and Rachel Chandler of Midland Agency.

Angelo Flaccavento on how the legacy of Massimo Osti still influences the DNA of Stone Island. Plus a portfolio photographed by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Max Pearmain.