Buffalo Zine is a Spanish fashion and style publication that pushes the limits of publishing: by differentiating each issue’s format (zine or book), experimenting with advertising (doodling on famous ads), and daring to do stellar interviews... Buffalo Zine is a trip. The founders, David Uzquiza and Adrian Gonzalez-Cohen share outtakes from their last issue, dedicated to their childhood imaginations, and anecdotes on interviewing Melanie Griffith and Sissy Spacek.
Issue 3’s theme (childhood) is so different than issue 2’s (teenage years). Why such a dramatic change?
Adrian: In the last issue of Buffalo Zine we went to teenage years, and we got really tired of it. So when we started thinking about our third issue, we really didn’t want to go into all that again. Was there anything else interesting to look at, to talk about, other than our freaking teenage years? The tastes we have now are quite influenced by that period. So we decided to look before those years. We must have had tastes before we tried pot! And when we started to look back, we discovered that many of the things from childhood are things we still like, and impact on who we are. We realized that the things that children like are similar to the things that old people like. Things you never get tired of. I think this issue of Buffalo is less about what’s on the surface, and more about who we are deep down.
Tell us a little bit about the archives you had access to: Vivienne Westwood’s, Jean-Paul Gaultier’s etc. How did you manage to get access to such great collections?
A: We were lucky to earn the attention of people like Jonathan Anderson with our previous issue, and he was very keen on participating. With others like Viktor & Rolf and Jean Paul Gaultier we had the support and collaboration of their generous teams. Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff were super kind and synergetic.
With some others like Andreas Kronthaller from Vivienne Westwood or Charles Anastase it took a bit of patience, some serious stalking, and other “special tricks” to get their attention, but they were finally into it! We’re hugely thankful to all of them and their assistants for being part of this issue.
“Was there anything else interesting to look at, to talk about, other than our freaking teenage years?”
Why did you choose to interview Melanie Griffith?
David: We found these pictures online from the 1970s taken for LIFE magazine, of Melanie with a lion —named Neil—relaxing by her family’s pool and lounging in her bed. We got in touch with her with a double request: to send us a page of her personal diary, and a footnote or commentary to accompany the images.
She merged both requests in one and faxed (!) us a new entry of her diary (that we’ve published in the issue with the pictures) where she reflected on Neil as a premonition of things that would happen later in her life.
A: I love Melanie. She’s one of my favorite actresses. For me, she’s the natural heiress of Marilyn Monroe. She has this super smart but dumb blonde thing. It’s that unique mix, naive and wild. Authentic. She’s stunning. She’s a cult actress but I don’t think she has the recognition she deserves. And she has some wicked style.
You also interviewed “Badlands” and “Carrie” cult actress Sissy Spacek. Again, a childhood dream?
A: She is one of the most iconic, dreamy and magical actresses ever and has a cult filmography. After requesting an interview to her agent for months, one day in November we got an email giving us the go ahead, with an invitation to schedule a call the day after. We called the best person we could think of for the job, writer Jorge de Cascante, who is a big fan of hers. He rang her ranch in Virginia and surprised her with some unconventional questions. Like he says: “She was mega nice, she was LOL all the time.”
“Sissy Spacek was LOL all the time.”
What are the inspirations in this photo series? Where was it shot?
A: It was magic. We spent a weekend in this sort of castle that we rented. It was like holidays, a treat to ourselves. It was the first thing we did for the issue, we wanted to get in the mood. So me and David, we went to the National Theatre Archive and selected all the pieces. It was a dream. We were trying period stuff, hats, corsets and just throwing it in racks! Then we put it in a car and we headed to Surrey, with a lot of hummus from Tesco and snacks. It was the first time I was driving on the left and it was crazy. We picked up the models in this little cute train station in the middle of nowhere. We brought them to our castle and they were flipping. We just spent the weekend chilling, doing props, eating, drinking and taking pics. I would love to live my life like that.
Any fun anecdotes from the shoot?
D: Dylan Fosket, one of the models, once stayed with us overnight in the house. We had a proper 18th century girls' pyjama party, trying on outfits from the archive of the National Theatre, with the fire on in the chimney (in July!), drinking whiskey, reading poetry, getting possessed by characters in a book by Jane Austen.