Move over rockstars and thespians, its athletes that are today’s sartorial superstars. At least that's what the sport and style magazine CircleZeroEight believes. Founded by editor-in-chief Elgar Johnson, the biannual magazine is bridging the worlds of fashion and athletics by trading out skateboards and boxing gloves for Dior Men's saddle bags and Loewe jumpers. For its second print issue the magazine is featuring six star athletes on its cover at varied stages of their careers all decked out in the world's biggest brands. From superstar footballers to rising talents in boxing, the feature promises to highlight stories of hard work in achieving each athlete's goals.
Alongisde skatboarding legend Tony Hawk, CircleZeroEight's upcoming issue will star Netherlands captain and Liverpool FC defender Virgil van Dijk, boxers Ramla Ali, Dennis ‘The Menace’ McCann, sprinter Daryll Neita, and Wales and Exeter Chiefs Rugby player Christ Tshiunza on their own respective coverstories. Jam-packed with stories to inspire and inform, the issue also features a retrospective on the sporting career of Princess Anne by Susanne Maden, and an interview with designer Rick Owens who notoriously dubbed working out as 'modern couture'. Keeping things topical, the issue also houses an open letter to Iranian women from English-born Iranian designer Pariah Farzaneh in response to the protests over the death of Mahsa Amini.
Already an undisputed expert on all things fashion — until 2021 Johnson was the fashion director at GQ Style — Johnson believes sport is the perfect medium for breaking down global issues. 'This year there has been a whirlwind of events, life-changing challenges and battles that we are all continuing to deal with' he explains. 'During this turbulent period, the one thing that has withstood all these obstacles has been sport'.
CircleZeroEight issue 02 is out now.