This year we spent a good amount of time fawning over a certain shoot by Anna Victoria Best in which she photographed the well-dressed feet of dancers as they scuffed up a well-worn dance floor. That shoot was for Varon, a beautiful piece of print that graces the newsstands biannually and offers a high-contrast, monochromatic glimpse into a more daring side of menswear. If you can believe it, the magazine is now up to its ninth issue, and is now designed by London-based creative Claude d’Avoine. On the mag’s purely black and white aesthetic, Claude says that the magazine is “shot with honest content, encompassing a mix of edgy and classic points of view. The design reflects the honesty in every page. There is no hierarchy between the stories, the idea is that the magazine itself flows consistently from beginning to end.”
Varón doesn’t just look fantastic, it’s also crammed full of content by some of the leading writers, photographers, stylists and designers. Claude told us that this issue contains contributions from the likes of Nacho Pinedo, Hugo Lavín, John Booth, Robert Storey, Lou Stoppard, Thomas Giddings to name but a few. As well as these big names, Varón essentially aims to champion the silent heroes of the world – which is perhaps why they’ve whacked an up and coming Spanish flamenco dancer on its cover. Nice!