and the wise man said i don’t want to hear your voice
and the thin man said i don’t want to hear your voice
and they’re cursing me
and they won’t let me be
there’s nothing to say
and there’s nothing to do
stop whispering, start shouting*
jared leto’s “don’t. waste. time.” mantra is one we could all take a lesson from. at his young age of 45, he has earned recognition in more artistic forms than most people would ever try, stunning us at every turn with his singular expression of each. as an actor, he’s satisfied the range of tortured souls, an olympic hopeful and now, niander wallace in blade runner 2049 (set to be released next month). in his interview with richard godwin, leto explains his current study of roman philosopher seneca and the necessity to be aware of the “shortness of life.”
considering that leto has already lived longer than most of seneca’s peers of 1st century rome, and he’s accomplished more than most of us do by a far older age, leto makes the perfect cover story for our style issue. it’s not just that one of his accomplishments is as muse and confidant to gucci creative director alessandro michele, informing the direction of one of the world’s most iconic brands. it’s that fashion is the ultimate form of expression—and of pushing the envelope. to be yourself is the hallmark of a free, healthy sense of self. to articulate that through dress is a heightened awareness and confidence of that self. i’m not talking about becoming a slave to brands, trends or specifics, either. it’s about following your instincts and exercising the personal freedom to wear what you like. leto is living this to the hilt and tells us about it in this issue.
to get a leg up on those styles, our market pages offer a variety of ways to capture some new trends for fall. the idea of wearing your heart on your sleeve takes new heights this season as designers are stamping everything with phrases and words to suit a mood or make a statement. the color red is front and center, as it often is this time of year, but in a bolder, more intense way. other stories, like a look at the new classics of the moment, accessories that shine and the cosmetics and perfume to complete the thought, add to our pages. and ready for takeoff is our fashion story that captures the texture, colors and shapes of the season in a fully realized narrative. for those who need a little extra guidance in balancing it all—the desire to find personal style without becoming a slave to it—therapist dr. susan bartell offers her insights. interviews with queens designer laquan smith, who’s dressed beyoncé and other music royalty, and two recent project runway finalists give us unique perspectives into the business of the fashion industry.
september is also a time for transition. we sense that summer is coming to a close and hold dear to the last of those moments. but we also embrace the coming fall and its special activities. pulse’s annual weekend getaways returns with ideas for capturing this moment. each year we curate an offering of long weekends that firmly plant one foot in summer and the other in a readiness for autumn. this year our feature is themed by music cities. if you haven’t been to detroit, memphis or cleveland yet, this will send you packing!
stop whispering, start shouting*
* “stop whispering,” radiohead