Join us as we take a look back at the exciting new titles that joined the walls of Condé Nast Worldwide News in 2020.
At the start of the year, the latest edition of the WIRED family joined our showroom. WIRED Middle East first launched digitally in Spring 2019. The print edition launched in late 2019, becoming the fifth edition of WIRED in print worldwide.
Arriving at CNWN in January 2020 the launch issue, entitled ‘The Big Bang,’ came with two covers, featuring two prominent names from the tech and science industries in the UAE.
Sarah Al Amiri, photographed by žiga Mihelčič
Starring on the first cover, Sarah Al Amiri. Amiri is Emirati Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, and amongst many others titles, the Deputy Project Manager of the Emirates Mars Mission. Secondly, WIRED feature Mohamed Alabbar, dubbed ‘The City Maker,’ a businessman and entrepreneur, founder of Emaar Properties.
These two were undoubtedly incredible figures to feature on the launch issue, as the publication aims “to be an essential source of information and ideas that makes sense of a world in constant transformation, and to be read by the world’s most influential innovators.”
Mohamed Alabbar, photographed by Rohit Sabu
Speaking on the launch, Markus Grindel, Managing Director of Global Brand Licensing at Condé Nast International, commented, “The Middle East region is one of the most vibrant markets in the world and home to upwards of 350 million people. Following the success of Vogue Arabia, we are delighted to be launching WIRED in the market as well.”
Nana Komatsu, photographed by Fish Zhang
Later in the year, Condé Nast announced the long-anticipated debut of Vogue Singapore, which landed in our showroom in September 2020.
The launch of Vogue Singapore became the 27th print edition of Vogue globally. Published in English, the title aims to be a voice for positive change and become a platform to not only elevate local creative talent, but to represent the growing Vogue audience in South East Asia.
The edition launched with three collectible covers, featuring a triptych of Asian emerging talent cover stars. Singaporean model Diya Prabhakar, Chinese supermodel Jū Xiâowén, and Japanese actress Nana Komatsu.
Diya Prabhakar, photographed by Bryan Juynh with CGI illustration by Rodolfo Hernandez
Themed ‘Arise,’ the launch issue is a call to emerge and stand strong with optimism. Editor-in-chief Norman Tan elaborates, “We are living in unprecedented times. With Vogue Singapore’s launch, we want to be a catalyst to drive positive change in Singapore and the region by learning from the past while keeping our eyes firmly fixed on a better future.”
Ju Xiaowen, photographed by Gregory Harris
Indeed, in the unprecedented times 2020 brought upon the world, there was perhaps a need more than ever before for this new voice and source of inspiration. Karina Dobrotvorskaya, Executive Director, Editorial Development at Condé Nast, remarks that “It has been remarkable to see print regaining its importance in people’s everyday lives during the pandemic. Our readers are looking for beautiful imagery and great story telling, for a unique combination of escapism and awareness.” Read more here.
Whilst the launch issue of Vogue Singapore sold out in record time at CNWN, their second issue, ‘Sparkle’ is still available for purchase. Again, if you want to be the first to hear about any upcoming issues, you can register here.
Fresh off the back of these two incredible launches at CNWN, we can't wait to see what new titles 2021 brings to the walls of our showroom.