LINES BY ANTHONY TURNER
For our art issue, we decided that we wanted to give some of our favorite collaborators the chance to present their creative energies in unexpected formats. Hairstylist Anthony Turner became one of our best and most surprising examples, taking time off from his busy schedule doing hair for Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang campaigns and innumerable editorials and fashion shows to sketch two dark and captivating figures dressed up in Givenchy and Versace. “I get great comfort from my little characters. All of them harbor a small piece of me in them, something personal,” he says. “Each of them contains a memory or a situation that I’ve been through personally. Even though it’s not apparent to everyone else, I know it’s there.”
For Turner, the project also offered a refreshing change of pace, something we have always turned to him for here at The Last Magazine—see his provocative contribution to our Different Kind of Beauty series for proof. “On a very basic level, they are strange creatures caught in unfortunate circumstances wearing high fashion,” Turner explains. “To me, it feels very anti-fashion to do this. I’m used to working on fashion shoots that have a high-octane glamour or style to them. It’s more or less always optimistic and somewhat jolly. The idea is that whoever is looking at the magazine wants to aspire to be the model in the shoot. I wanted to do something so opposite to that and to rebel a little, I guess.”
Take a look at Mats Gustafson’s swirling, romantic paintings from the same issue here.