WHO BETTER TO REPORT ON THE FUTURE OF FASHION THAN THE PEOPLE BUILDING IT?
We’re HALOSCOPE — The Digital Fashion Bible®.
We’ve seen it across fashion media: too much noise and too little insight. Too much information and too little context. Too much stagnation and not enough innovation. In that, we realized the demand for a centralized space to have critical, deliberate, and imaginative discussions about fashion and theory. At HALOSCOPE (hey-low-scope), we’re letting a new vanguard lead the way.
HALOSCOPE’s editors, contributors, and readers are free to investigate the sartorial topics that interest them and curate conversations around both current and archival topics in fashion. Our mission is to be the most candid and communal voice in fashion, with an unwavering commitment to our convictions. Read more about our Editorial Dogma here.
HALOSCOPE imagines a fashion-future informed by freedom, creativity, and the collective spirit. By combining criticism, trendspotting, and editorials, we’re creating a new fashion object that sings the body electric.
Our mission is to be the most candid and communal voice in fashion and make sense of the moment we’re living in now. We do this by evaluating, curating, and defining the future of dress; authority-building collateral projects; expert reviews and opinions; our robust editorial suite; and much, much more, with an unwavering commitment to our convictions.
These tenets guide everything we do — and why we do it — at HALOSCOPE.
001 | THE FASHION MAGAZINE IS AN ARCADIA.
The fashion magazine must not merely exist as an art object or a funnel for commerce or a textbook. Rather, the fashion magazine must be an Eden, a convening place for fashion’s creatives to connect, critically understand, and embrace one another, transforming the magazine into a living, breathing editorial document.
002 | THE PROCESS IS THE PRACTICE. THE ARTIFACTS ARE JUST THE SIDE EFFECTS.
The creative journey bears a different fruit than the final art product, and we must eat from its tree, unraveling the journey’s implications. We must platform an immersive exploration of the intricate processes that give birth to the fashion objects we love.
003 | TRUTH AND DIRECTION LEAD TO RADICAL TRANSFORMATION ALWAYS..
All writing is inherently opinionated, but we must not obfuscate meaning in service of style. Personal interpretations may give us perspective, but only when appropriate. Accurate, clear storytelling is a key driver towards transformative growth.
004 | RECOGNIZE FASHION’S SOURCES OF INNOVATION.
This includes but is not limited to sartorial language; chains of influence; levels of saturation; cultural histories; subcultural affiliations; demographic associations; cultural connotations; audience knowledge; and overarching utility, among other taxonomies.
005 | DO NOT BLITHELY CAPITULATE TO THE EGO.
We say what we say when we say it, without fear of blacklisting or retribution. We believe that criticism is a healthy component of the art process, one that propels readers, critics, and creatives into new ideas and territories. By this notion, we advocate for an environment of mutual respect between creatives, journalists, and institutions, with an understanding that criticism — good or bad — does not equal blanket goodwill or antipathy.
006 | CONSIDER EVERYTHING AN EXPERIMENT.
We must break free from the populist frameworks of what journalism, especially fashion journalism, “should be,” and we instead champion a radically-curious, playful, elliptical approach to information dissemination. We must adapt to new technologies, consider esoteric questions, and learn from both our successes and failures. Movement is essential.
007 | TRUST THE PEOPLE AND MOVE AT THE SPEED OF TRUST.
We cannot harangue, patronize, or assume we know more than our readers; rather, we engage in two-way, reflexive conversation, with an understanding that the audience is just as important in a story’s evolvement as its journalist. Our space must encourage collaboration, participation, and co-creation of the editorial document.
008 | ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT IN THE FASHION LANDSCAPE SHOULD BE INCENTIVIZED OVER PASSIVE CONSUMPTION.
Fashion means nothing without reading, seeing, and understanding it, every day, always, from history to art to theory to practice. Fashion’s tapestry, alive for time immemorial, can teach us how to behave, how to consider art, and how to live. We must empower our readers to expand their knowledge, contributing to meaningful conversations in the process.
009 | EMBRACE THE POWER, HISTORY, AND TEXTURAL RICHNESS OF ALL INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS, and IMAGINE A NEW FASHION FUTURE IN WHICH THE TERRAIN IS EQUALIZED.
These stakeholders range from designers to garment workers and beyond, both at the locus and on the periphery. We must shift away from traditional power dynamics and call for a new world in which all fashion participants are valued and their contributions are recognized. It is the only way to move forward.
010 | BRIDGE TYPOLOGICAL BOUNDARIES.
These boundaries are the ones that separate us from other creative professions, mediums, and unexpected artistic possibilities. We must burst the fashion sac, cross-pollinate with other creatives, blur the boundaries of genre and aesthetic, and see what art is thereby generated.
011 | YOU ARE A VICTIM OF THE RULES YOU LIVE BY.
Creation only happens when you allow yourself to fall. We reject the conservative approach institutions — in both fashion and media — establish for their creatives, and we instead ask the question of Who decides? and Why? In doing so, we can reclaim our agency, define our own fashion narratives, and pave the way for a more liberated fashion landscape.
012 | LOOK BEYOND THE AWE OF IMPLEMENTATION AND SEE WHAT IS LOOKING BACK AT YOU. DO NOT LOOK IN THE HOPES OF SEEING YOURSELF.
We must move beyond surface-level allure and refrain from injecting our identities onto fashion objects. We do not believe in connecting opinion back to the self, centering the self, or suggesting that the self is diegetic to the fashion object. Through this work, we can engage with fashion in a more meaningful way, one that fosters empathy over ego.
013 | FASHION IS NOT MERELY A BUSINESS OR AN ART OBJECT OR A HOBBY OR “WOMEN’S WORK,” BUT SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY. FASHION IS CHEAP AND AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE. FASHION COSTS EVERYTHING. FASHION IS IN THE AIR, BREEZY AND POLLEN-FREE. FASHION IS POLLUTED. FASHION IS NOT AN ESCAPE, A DESTINATION, OR A MEANS TO AN END. FASHION IS THE END. FASHION SINGS THE BODY ELECTRIC AND SHOUTS HALLELUJAH. 🌀