For issue #7 of Hearts, we’re exploring the ideas and concepts around the role illusions play in our everyday life through social media, art, and fashion. Featuring exclusive stories with American photographer Merry Alpern that explores the subjects of privacy and surveillance, more
consumerism, and escapism in a ’90s New York City. Short story by Haydée Touitou and Doppelgängers and Deepfakes by Tatum Dooley. Fashion special with Saint Laurent and an interview with the young Lebanese-based designer Cynthia Merhej of Renaissance Renaissance. Photography stories by Image Group, Xavier Mas, Raffaele Cariou, Chaumont-Zaerpour, Charly Gosp, Cruz Valdez, and Étienne Saint-Denis.