Remix culture is thriving. A media liberated from its material substrates has proven to be a catalyst like no other for all manner of mixing and matching, be it the cross-pollination of musical genres or clothing samples. The latest issue of More Or Less devotes its cover and corresponding story with Selena Forrest to one such designer, upcycler extraordinaire Nicole McLaughlin. Photographed by Zoë Ghertner and styled by Brian Molloy, the cover and corresponding cover story give the whole “sustainable fashion” trope a desperate reboot. What is especially evident in the interview is that McLoughlin is a designer first and foremost and doesn’t trade all that much the sort of stock turns of phrase churned out by PR hacks desperate to fig leaf an otherwise carbon intensive business model. “I wasn’t necessarily trying to get into sustainability, but now that I am, I wouldn’t see it any other way,” says McLaughlin. For now, prototypes featured on her Instagram are but studies, ephemera with a half life no longer than it takes to snap a photo with an iPhone. The saving grace in all of this is that long time collaborators Selena and the photographer made a proper story out of it.

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Credits include: Publication, More Or Less Nº3 Autumn / Winter 2019; Title, “Fit for Repurpose”; Photography, Zoë Ghertner; Styling, Brian Molloy; Creative direction, Jaime Perlman.

Selena Forrest | More Or Less Autumn / Winter 2019 (Photography: Zoë Ghertner)

Selena Forrest | More Or Less Autumn / Winter 2019 (Photography: Zoë Ghertner)