The Summer 2021 issue of i-D is about how hopeful we are about the future. It's about freshness and newness. These are the new pioneers of music, sport, art, beauty, fashion and photography. This is our new world, worldwi-De!
i-D - Summer 2021
Transcendence; existence or experience beyond the normal level. Freedom; the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without restraint. Recovery; a return to a normal state of health, mind or strength. Rejuvenation; the act of giving a new energy to something.
We started work on this issue exactly one year after the Covid pandemic began, and as we were working on it these four words kept coming to mind; this issue is a reflection on how much our community has grown together over the last year and how hopeful we are about the future.
Through acceptance and perspective we were able to consider what’s important to us and what we want to celebrate. We were in search of a freshness, a newness, and as always we started with the people. Those who inspire us the most. Those who represent this moment in time and that truly represent this idea of transcendence. There are hundreds of debuts within this issue, including six of our eight cover stars. From Phil Foden, who will be debuting for the England football team this summer, to former cover star Kevin Abstract photographing his first ever magazine editorial, to Jawara directing his first beauty portfolio as Senior Beauty Editor of i-D to Gigi Hadid debuting her new look post-baby, to Tom Sachs creating our first ever tear-out zine within the magazine. These are the new pioneers of music, sport, art, beauty, fashion and photography. This is our new world, worldwi-De! Enjoy xxx Alastair McKimm, Editor-in-Chief + Creative Director i-D
Over 40 years, i-D has carved its position as the premier source for fashion inspiration, and in 2012, joined the VICE Media family to expand VICE’s reach into digital fashion content. i-D has come a long way since its beginnings as a hand-stapled magazine and has developed into a leading video-driven platform, documenting fashion, music and contemporary culture from around the globe. i-D reaches an ambitious and creative audience, offering access to the most inspiring names in fashion and exploring everything from high-end couture to underground style scenes.