“What is the longterm effect of too much information?” Denzel Washington asked speaking to the Washington Post at a screening of his new film adaptation of the August Wilson play Fences. “One of the effects is the need to be first, not even to be true any more.” It follows, then that those who seek truth, those who seek beauty would do well to locate those organs of the free press that traffic in these virtues rather than being caught up in the folly of being first. The digital age has only accelerated this vacuous trend, but an important tonic can be found in older, even moribund media such as print. Enter PRINT, the limited run publication available through IDEA Books at Dover Street Market. The 1000 copies of the first issue are nearly all spoken for, but a sneak peek of an Azzedine Alaïa story by Karim Sadli and Joe McKenna featuring Selena Forrest (pictured) can be glimpsed here. Photographed in the outskirts of Paris, where the housing blocks meet the tall summer grasses, the story unfolds quietly and slowly burns to allow obsession to nearly consume the reader. Selena for her part brings a calming, even sensual touch to the page, which accentuates the measured artistry of Alaïa’s. So, who is first? Who bloody cares or as the Alaïa quotation at the opening of the story expresses it, “It’s ready when it’s ready.”

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Credits include: Publication, PRINT N°1 Fall / Winter 2016; Photography, Karim Sadli; Fashion, Joe McKenna; Hair, Cyndia Harvey at Streeters; Makeup, Christelle Cocquet; Casting, Ashley Brokaw.

Selena Forrest | PRINT N°1 Fall / Winter 2016 (Photography: Karim Sadli)

Selena Forrest | PRINT N°1 Fall / Winter 2016 (Photography: Karim Sadli)