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TAN FRANCE & ALEXA CHUNG.

Netflix’s new show Next In Fashion is big on drama, but even bigger on heart.

Workroom challenges don’t get much bigger than this. Netflix’s new series, Next In Fashion, sees 18 talented designers compete across 10 episodes for a prize of $250,000 as well as the opportunity to sell their own collection on global retailer Net-a-Porter

Naturally, it’s packed full of drama, but this is a reality show full of love and respect. With designers from all over the world - from the US and the UK to Italy and South Korea - the show thrives with its diverse and inclusive cast. It also gives viewers an insight into the creative process, emotional storytelling, and undeniable craftsmanship, showcasing a depth to the fashion industry rarely seen on mainstream shows.

The series is fronted by Queer Eye’s Tan France and model and designer Alexa Chung who add plenty of humour, lightness and support amongst the high-stakes drama. We caught up with them to discuss what sets Next In Fashion apart from other shows based around fashion, why they don’t believe in trends, and how filming this show was more difficult than they first anticipated.

Congratulations on the show. What would say sets Next in Fashion apart from other shows that centre on the fashion industry?

Alexa: I think the warmth of it is quite different from other fashion shows that have preceded it. For us, it has the same essence as Bake Off, celebrating this thing that people are really passionate about, and trying to lift people up. And it’s less catty.

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When curating The Fashion Issue, we looked to the past, present and future, to showcase the queer trailblazers of design. Jean Paul Gaultier bids farewell to the runway, not before putting on the biggest extravaganza to close his 50-year career. We talk to the designer on the changes he’s seen throughout those five decades and his love for reinterpreting beauty standards. Celebration and reflection continue when we delve into the wild world of Dsquared2. Co-founders Dean and Dan Caten celebrate the brand’s 25th anniversary, with the expansion of their ICON line. Double denim never looked so dreamy. “We found a little factory and we paid for everything, made the samples, and we sewed them,” Dan tells us from Milan, reflecting on the beginnings of their world-famous line. “We’ve done a lot over the years and we’ve come a long way, so we’re quite proud of that,” Dan adds. “We’re still standing on our own two feet and we’re proud of that as well!” As for looking towards the future, there's no one more fitting than bombshell siren Tokyo Stylez. Call it hair styling, wig making, or weave witchcraft, the star opens up about her transition and what it’s like being the creative brains behind some of the most iconic hair looks from Kylie Jenner and Cardi B. “I just felt that it was time to stop hiding who I am because I’ve been doing that for most of my life,” she tells us. “If I wasn’t being true to myself, then how would I help anybody else who might be going through the same thing? Being unapologetic has always been my attitude, so why change that during my transition to the woman I always was?” As you travel into different times, visual aesthetics, and faces throughout this issue, the message is clear: Fashion is queer! There’s not a corner of this industry, from the designers, stylists, photographers, and even seamstresses, that the queer presence isn’t felt.