CR Annual 2015 plus our May issue

It’s our biggest issue of the year, featuring The Annual, our 100-page showcase of the year’s best work, back-to-back with this month’s edition of CR which takes Luxury as its theme

It’s our biggest issue of the year, featuring The Annual, our 100-page showcase of the year’s best work, back-to-back with this month’s edition of CR which takes Luxury as its theme

The CR Annual 2015 in association with Arjowiggins Creative Papers features the pick of creative work from the past year, as chosen by our panel of judges.

As always, the work is displayed in chronological order with the best of the best featuring in our Best in Book section. Supporting video content for some entries is available to view via the Blippar smartphone app: download the app and hold it over the relevant page to watch the video on your phone.

Watch out for further posts on this site where we will reveal all our Best in Book winners as well as our creative agency of the year and client of the year.


The Annual was launched at a party at House of Vans in London where all the Best in Book winners picked up their trophies (one shown above). All the selected Annual work is on display at a free exhibition which is open until Sunday April 26.


The exhibition also features Aleph (above), the one-minute film featuring Daria Werbowy directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones from which our Annual cover image comes. The background story on our cover and how it was made is here. Thanks to our exhibition print partner The Color Company, our trophy partner EFX and to Estrella Damm for the beer.

As always with our Annual, this is a double issue of the magazine. Flip it over and start again for this month’s theme, Luxury.

We talk to London College of Fashion’s Professor Dilys Williams about luxury fashion’s ethical opportunity, while, with its use on everything from toilet paper to bread sauce, ‘luxury’ has become a tricky concept to talk about says Nick Asbury

With traditional luxury brands undermining their exclusivity, is art the ultimate luxury good? Plus, Michael Evamy explores the weird world of luxury logos, where a great creation myth and some idiosyncratic imagery trumps brand orthodoxy


The V&A’s What is Luxury? show will question the future and present of the luxury industry: we talk to co-curator Jana Scholze about how our attitudes toward luxury and what it represents are changing


We talk tactility, print and paper with Arjowiggins’ Christophe Balaresque, illustrated by a beautiful exclusive photostory by photographer Owen Silverwood, art director Gemma Fletcher and set designer Owen Gildersleeve


As new watch magazine The Hour launches, Mark Sinclair talks to editor Josh Sims and design studio Bibliothèque about our relationship with this evocative object and how a new breed of independent watchmakers is challenging the appeal of luxury brands via innovation and design

And we talk to the team behind our cover image and film starring supermodel Daria Werbowy, including FBFX, floristry artist Rebecca Louise Law and post-production house Analog about how the project came together.


And rounding off this bumper issue, Adrian Shaughnessy reviews a new book of portraits created by Hipgnosis featuring many images never before published

The Creative Review Annual 2015 in association with Arjowiggins Creative Papers is available to buy in WHSmith stores nationwide, at selected independent retailers, and online with a subscription (subscribers will also receive access to discounts, offers and exclusive events as part of our membership scheme, CR Club).


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