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July 24 2014

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8 posts tagged "The Last Magazine"

Blasblog: Magnus Berger And Tenzin Wild’s Crowded House

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Most would agree that this isn’t the best time to launch a new fashion rag. But if the backers behind The Last Magazine, a new oversize biannual, are anywhere near as excited as the glossy’s devoted followers, there’s no need to worry about its future. At Thursday’s Radar Entertainment-hosted bash celebrating Last‘s second issue, Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim, Zoe Kravitz, and a flurry of models packed themselves into a crowded private residence in Tribeca. Body grinding and moshing ensued.

“This is like a Bret Easton Ellis novel come to life,” observed Justin Portman. Last co-founder Tenzin Wild was similarly taken aback by the turnout. “I had no idea we were this popular,” he said. “Had we known, perhaps we would’ve gotten a venue with more than one bathroom.” Turns out the space was an apartment loaned to Magnus Berger, Wild’s partner in the venture, under the guise of a “little house party.” So how did the owner feel when this crowd poured in? “He wasn’t happy at first,” Berger explained. “But when I pointed out how many pretty ladies
were in his house, he seemed a little less mad. A little.”

Blasblog: milking a tenth anniversary

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It was apparent at last week’s party for The Last Magazine, when all of New York’s cool kids piled into the ground-floor gallery to celebrate a brand-new fashion publication within the first minutes that the doors were open, just how important a certain building on West 15th Street is. Not only for the production of pretty pictures (its top-floor studios are responsible for many of the images in glossy magazines around the world), but also for having a good time. This season, Milk Studios is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and those in charge have thus decided to spend more time patting themselves and their friends on the back. “Milk would be nothing but an empty space without the photographers, the stylists, the designers, the models, and everyone else who keeps this place running and consistently a creative hub,” said Mazdack Rassi, one of studio’s founding members. To celebrate, this season Milk crammed as much into the space as it could, from small presentations (like Band of Outsiders and Victor Glemaud) to intimate dinners (Naomi Watts hosted a sit-down for her brother Ben’s photography) to full-scale dance parties (like the aforementioned Last boogie fest). The fashion week events were such a success, in fact, that Rassi has renewed his focus on entertaining. In the upcoming weeks expect to see gallery openings and dinners in honor of the likes of Alexi Lubomirski, Norman Jean Roy, Hunter Barnes, and Greg Kadel. “We consider our artists to be part of the Milk family and we do our best to get them a lot of buzz. I love being inspired by the brilliant people around me.”

 

Photo: Neil Rasmus/PatrickMcMullan.com

 

last but not least

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Magnus Berger and Tenzin Wild have been at this fashion racket for quite some time. Both have been successful models (and still have the gams to book an occasional job, if the price is right) and both have had experience behind the tear sheets, too—Berger as a graphic designer at Baron & Baron and Wild in the design departments of V and Visionaire (Berger dates Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, so he might have picked up some tips there, too). They’ve teamed up to create The Last Magazine, a biannual launching this autumn and due to be fêted during fashion week. We caught up with the Swedish-born Berger, who “moved to New York for music but fell in love with fashion,” for more details.

How did you and Wild develop The Last Magazine?

I always thought Tenzin would be a great guy to work with, and I always wanted to do a magazine for and about our generation. We bounced around a few names and The Last Magazine kept on coming back—it might sound cocky, but it’s a play on that whole discussion that print journalism is in its final throws, which we don’t agree with. I just think its role has changed a bit. I see The Last as a mix between newsprint and an art book.

What are the specifics of the new title?

Biannual on a refined newsprint, oversized (21″ x 15″) and folds like a traditional newspaper, but with beautiful printing. We see it as a platform for staging fresh talent and a new generation of artists. It’s not so much the subject matter but rather how you approach it.

What were some of the influences?

There have been oversized magazines before, like Ritz and Egoiste, so its dimensions are not unique. In terms of the look, we wanted to utilize the advantages of newsprint, which is fragile—so then it’s up to the reader to dispose of it after they’ve read it, or frame it. I like the idea that there’s a surprise every time you turn the page, and with this format it’s easy to play with proportions.

It seems a new fashion title debuts every season. What sets this one apart from the other upstarts?

Lots of magazines, but not all of them are interesting. They get formulaic. Unless you’ve figured out why you want to print a magazine, it’s easier and cheaper to do it online. To be honest, this magazine might not be for everyone—but that’s not the intention, either.

Will there be online component? How important is that in magazines now?

We are working on the online version now, but it’s a pretty simple principle: What works better online, like video, music, and news, will be online; and what’s better in print will stay in the magazine. It seems that most magazines nowadays use their Web sites to tease their print editions with snippets, which is just annoying. Our Web component, launching in October, will be like the other side of the same coin.

If you had to sum up The Last in one sentence, what would it be?

It’s all things new—at last.

Photo: Daria Werbowy (IMG) photographed by Camilla Akrans