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CONTENTS
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from a selection.
33 Editor’s letter Tank top, from
£402. All Versace.
42 Notices Shoes, £850,
Behind the scenes of the issue Alberta Ferretti.
Earrings, price on
46 Vogue.co.uk request, Bulgari
Keeping you ahead of the trends
127 Checklist
Perfect wear for rainy days
209 Stockists

Vogue trends
ON THE COVER
57 Supple sophistication
Introducing the chicest new-season
dress: any cut, so long as it’s leather
60 Knitting society
Cosy up in head-to-toe knitwear
65 Chain lightning
This season, the most striking shoulder
bags come with metal-link straps
66 Gather round
The drawstring boot with mass appeal
68 Super-retro
It’s a vintage fashion mash-up
“This season’s
70 Put on your metal
Bronze and gold and silver… take on after-
all together now dark dressing is
72 Haute notes
The couture-like touches that add up
big on style… be
to a highbrow fashion statement unapologetic in
75 Relight my fire your approach”
Why deadstock is the buzzword for The glamorous life,
savvy designers. By Harriet Quick page 170

78 Vogue Darling
Actor Ella Balinska reveals what Jewellery
makes her world go round
80 Out of the blue 101 Art house
Carol Woolton leafs through Talib Choudhry visits the West
COVER LOOKS Tiffany’s Blue Book collection Hollywood home of a gallerist
and a furniture dealer
This month, Vogue has been published with two different covers. Fran Summers 82 Forget-me-not
wears, left, silk-lamé asymmetric dress embroidered with chantilly lace, to order,
Armani Privé. Platinum and diamond earrings and ring, price on request, Cartier. When jewels imitate life the results 104 In peak condition
Ribbon, worn as hairband, from £2 a metre, VV Rouleaux. Right, flocked silk-faille can be memorable. By Carol Woolton Tip-top off-piste culture from
gown, to order, Giambattista Valli Haute Couture. Platinum and diamond earrings
and necklace, price on request, Cartier. Ribbon, worn as hairband, from £2 a metre, the “Aspen of France” to the
VV Rouleaux. Get the look: make-up by Mac Cosmetics. Eyes: Kohl Power Eye Pencil
in Rich Black, Bold & Bad Lash Mascara. Lips: Amplified Lipstick in Vegas Volt.
Arts & culture Italian Dolomites
Skin: Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation. Hair by Kérastase. Kérastase Forme Fatale
Voluptuous Blow-dry Gel. Hair: Christiaan. Make-up: Dick Page. Nails: Rieko Okusa. 87 The big draws
Styling: Edward Enninful. Photographs: Inez and Vinoodh Viewpoint
Hayley Maitland reviews autumn’s
crowd-pulling art exhibitions 109 Back to school
ALASDAIR McLELLAN. SCULPTURES BY BECKY MARTIN

Reading, writing and activism:


90 Playing her part
Malala Yousafzai reflects on life
Vanessa Redgrave talks acting and
at Oxford University
activism to Olivia Marks.
Photographs by Perry Ogden. 114 The time’s now
Styling by Julia Brenard Actor Gemma Arterton discusses
a year of empowering change and
Vogue living
increasing equity in sexual politics
95 Life & style
Julia Sarr-Jamois’s monthly curation Vogue tech
97 In good taste 116 Building a better world
Vive le Mayfair deli revolution! Entrepreneur and humanitarian
By Kate Spicer Carmen Busquets’ digital tools > 28
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“To me,
CONTENTS streetwear
Close knit,
page 182 feels like
energy,” says
Samuel Ross, the
designer behind
A-Cold-Wall
Wonder wall,
page 120

Dapper daze,
page 186

Jacket, £1,034. Top, £653.


Trousers, £958. Belt bag,
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141 Back to matt turned up to extraordinary.


The best shine-free make-up. Photographs by Alasdair McLellan.
By Jessica Diner Styling by Venetia Scott

143 ON THE COVER 182 Close knit


New-age gyms Anders Christian Madsen meets the
Brain training and facial cardio are tightly woven Missoni matriarchy.
taking workouts to another dimension. Photographs by Danilo Scarpati.
By Lauren Murdoch-Smith Styling by Gianluca Longo
Spotlight
144 Beauty musings 186 Dapper daze
120 Wonder wall Edwardian tailoring plus a rock’n’roll
This month’s freshest beauty news
Designer Samuel Ross of sensibility equals the ultimate Teddy
Above: jacket,
£2,410. Polo shirt, A-Cold-Wall talks to Olivia Singer Fashion & features Girl style. Photographs by Theo Sion.
£570. Denim about breaking down barriers Styling by Max Pearmain
trousers, £470. Belt, 148 ON THE COVER
£315. Socks, £145. 123 Stealing a march Fairy tale of New York 196 ON THE COVER
Mary-Janes, £485. Ambush and Dior designer Yoon Ahn Once upon a time, when Fran Summers A model career
All Miu Miu
is a study in cool, says Ellie Pithers stepped out in dreamy couture on the The ’90s Brit models who
streets of the Big Apple, magic changed the face of fashion are
Beauty & wellness happened. Interview by Ellie Pithers. now busy shaking up the world
131 Glowing gone? Photographs by Inez and Vinoodh. of business, says Harriet Quick
Goodbye super-dewy skin, hello Styling by Edward Enninful
modern matt. Funmi Fetto celebrates 202 ON THE COVER
162 Taking care of business All eyes on Stormzy
LEON MARK; DANILO SCARPATI; THEO SION

the return of powder


Widows – the latest film from director The grime superstar turns
134 A clear future Steve McQueen – is an explosive philanthropist. By Tshepo Mokoena.
Jessica Diner tackles the painful affair. Giles Hattersley meets its four Photographs by Jack Davison.
issue of adult acne female stars. Photographs by Arthur Styling by Nell Kalonji
Elgort. Styling by Patrick Mackie
137 Waste not… Back page
Kathleen Baird-Murray explores 170 The glamorous life What would Neneh Cherry do?
sustainability in the beauty industry After-dark dressing gets the dial The singer and DJ takes our quiz

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EDITOR’S LETTER

The crowds part for


our cover star Fran
Summers in Fairy Tale
of New York (page 148)

It’s not often…


… that you get to witness the moment a model becomes a
supermodel, but on a Saturday afternoon in New York’s Times
Square earlier this summer – in the company of photographers
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and surrounded
by thousands of tourists and the roaring Manhattan traffic
– I got to see exactly that.
The young woman in question was Fran Summers, a
19-year-old from North Yorkshire, who Vogue readers will
INEZ AND VINOODH; MERT ALAS AND MARCUS PIGGOTT; JO METSON SCOTT; CORINNE DAY

be familiar with from the frequency with which she has


graced our pages these past months. From the moment
I met her, when she joined eight other new faces on our May
cover, I knew that she had a magical quality. In a room
packed with big personalities, full of nerves and excitement,
I noticed how friendly she was with the other models, calming
them down and making sure everyone felt as gorgeous as
possible. She was so… kind.
Kindness was not always the thing when I started out as
a stylist in the early 1990s. Yet, in 2018, perhaps it is this commandeering one of the busiest thoroughfares on earth on
quality coupled with her extraordinary beauty that, in catwalks a boiling hot afternoon. Because Fran is a proper beauty with
and campaigns, has made it Fran’s year. The time had come universal appeal, there were actual gasps from onlookers as
to seal the deal with her first solo British Vogue cover – but I walked her through the streets in her Dior gown. Literally,
what should the story be? the crowds parted, taxis stopped, horns honked and the whole
After the couture shows, an idea began to take shape. This world seemed to stop and stare. She had arrived. It was, as
season, from Givenchy to Sonia Rykiel, the collections were we say in fashion, “a moment”. What did the ’90s
beautifully pure, devoid of excessive embellishments, while As I look at Fran, in her exciting first stages of success, supers – including
Stella Tennant (above
remaining impossibly, jaw-droppingly lavish. What if, I I think of what an extraordinary career modelling can be. On left) and Kate Moss
wondered, we took these elegant silhouettes across the Atlantic page 196, we chronicle the exciting new chapters in the lives (above) – do next?
Find out on page 196
to create an ode to the British invasion of the 1960s, to Jean of some of the 1990s most beloved British supermodels. These
Shrimpton and the enduring glamour of an Englishwoman are the girls I grew up with, and I’ve been fascinated to note
in New York? Cut to myself, Inez, Vinoodh and our teams that, from Kate Moss to Stella Tennant, the chicest > 39
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EDITOR’S LETTER
Steve McQueen’s Widows:
from left, Elizabeth Debicki,
Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo
and Michelle Rodriguez

Above: the life and times of


Stormzy (page 202). Below left:
1980s-infused glamour, on page 170.
Below right: Gemma Arterton, Emma
Watson and Lupita Nyong’o wearing
black in support of Time’s Up

I could
not be more
proud to
have Malala
Yousafzai
on our pages
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JACK DAVIDSON; GETTY; I-IMAGES; CAMERA PRESS/MARCELO CORREIA; ALASDAIR MCLELLAN. VITTORIA

SIMON MILLER. RINGS, FROM A SELECTION, ARA VARTANIAN, DIOR JOAILLERIE AND GRIMA

new trend in your forties is entrepreneurship; Kate has her Time’s Up movements. Actor Gemma Arterton writes about
burgeoning agency, Lorraine Pascale is a culinary star, Stella the industry meetings she’s been quietly hosting at her home,
is doing a wonderful job at Holland & Holland. Beautiful where beyond the headlines of harassment and abuse, actors
as ever, and mothers now, too, they show how you can bring such as Emma Watson and Felicity Jones have been working
your flair to bear on a new challenge at any stage in life. Their to change their industry from the inside out. It is a reminder
tales of reinvention are inspiring to read. to us all that, whatever world we occupy, change takes the
Speaking of inspiration, Malala Yousafzai has written time and energy of those determined to make a difference.
exclusively for Vogue about her first year at university. As she Thank you to Malala, Steve and Gemma – and to all those
returns to Oxford this month, I could not be more proud to for whom the work never stops.
have this wonderful young woman – who became a global
figurehead for educational rights six years ago when the Taliban Malala out in force:
attempted to kill her simply because she wanted to go to above, from top, at
school – on our pages. Read her powerful tale on page 109. Oxford University,
and speaking at an
Meanwhile, another maverick, contributing editor and event in Brazil
Academy Award-winner Steve McQueen, returns to cinemas
with his explosive follow-up to 12 Years a Slave. On page 162,
meet the amazing cast of his thriller Widows; four talented
women changing the face of mainstream cinema.
Lastly, on page 114, we mark the anniversary of the
Harvey Weinstein allegations and birth of the #metoo and
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NOTICES
November’s Vogue Darling Ella Balinska (page 78) is
on the cusp of global stardom, with a lead role
in Elizabeth Banks’ remake of Charlie’s Angels,
due out next year. So which action heroines will
she be looking to for inspiration while filming?
“Angelina Jolie in Salt, Charlize Theron as Lorraine
Broughton in Atomic Blonde and Freema Agyeman’s
Martha Jones in Doctor Who. Yes. Yes. Yes.”

A year after the


Weinstein scandal hit
Hollywood, actor
Gemma Arterton
reflects on a
changing industry
and the role she has Legendary duo
played in shaping its Inez + Vinoodh
future (page 114). photographed
Yorkshire beauty
Fran Summers (left)
for the model’s first
solo British Vogue
cover. Turn to
page 148 to see her
take Manhattan
in haute couture.

MEET & GREET


Introducing the faces behind
this month’s issue

VALENTINO HAUTE COUTURE


On page 109, activist
and student Malala This month sees
Yousafzai looks back the release of Academy
on her first year at Award winner and “Stormzy smiled when
Oxford University. contributing editor I pointed out the Penguin
Her advice to new Steve McQueen’s Classics lining a shelf
undergraduates as term Widows. Meet the stars, in the restaurant where

GETTY IMAGES; MAX LONGMUIR; JASON LLOYD-EVANS; MITCHELL SAMS; DAISY JONES;
starts? “I encourage photographed by Arthur we were having lunch,”
any first-year student Elgort, in Taking Care of recalls UK editor of
to take advantage Business on page 162.
of the opportunities Noisey, Tshepo Mokoena

OLEG COVIAN; WOLFGANG TILLMANS; ENTERTAINMENT PICTURES/EYEVINE


university has to offer of her interview with
– lectures, sports, films, the grime star (page
book clubs – all of 202). “It felt like a happy
it! Try everything coincidence now that
and figure out what he has his very own
interests you.” imprint with the
publishing house.”

Step inside Neneh


Cherry’s world
in Vogue Asks on Carmen Busquets
the back page, – the stylish
where the Swedish e-commerce
musician discusses pioneer behind
everything from the likes of
Afrobeats to her Net-a-Porter
daughter Mabel. and CoutureLab
– shares her tech
essentials on page
116, including the
world’s first truly
customisable
sneaker.
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Left: Anjelica
Huston as
Morticia
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ASHLEY WILLIAMS

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ALASDAIR MCLELLAN; SAM GOLDWATER;


JASON LLOYD-EVANS; MITCHELL SAMS;
Whether you channel

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inspiration you need.


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Watch Fran Summers – this month’s cover star, and one of the
most successful yet down-to-earth models of the moment – take
our Crisp Challenge (above) and head home to Yorkshire (below).
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TRENDS
Edited by Naomi Smart
Styling by Julia Sarr-Jamois
KESEWA ABOAH, IRIS LAW, JESS MAYBURY, RADHIKA NAIR, LILI SUMNER. WITH THANKS TO BIG SKY STUDIOS
HAIR: KEI TERADA. MAKE-UP: LUCY BURT. NAILS: AMA QUASHIE. SET DESIGN: SOPHIE DURHAM. MODELS:

SUPPLE
SOPHISTICATION
A butter-soft leather dress is your passport
to chic this autumn. Tailored or loose, your new
go-to should be finely worked and as easy to wear
as a T-shirt. Photographs by Scott Trindle
From left: Radhika
wears dress, £249,
Warehouse. Chelsea boots,
£395, 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Fringed bag, £6,500, Dior.
Kesewa wears belted
dress, £5,180, Alexander
McQueen. Boots, £605,
APC. Lili wears studded
dress, £8,040, Hermès.
Bag, £287, By Far.
Hoop earrings, from
£250, Tom Wood. Jess
wears dress, £3,150,
Tod’s. Earrings,
£325, Balenciaga

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TRENDS
WEAR WITH…

Suede boots, £1,300,


Saint Laurent by
Anthony Vaccarello

Leather bag,
£8,300, Delvaux
STELLA MCCARTNEY

VICTORIA BECKHAM
SONIA RYKIEL

GIVENCHY
LOEWE

AKRIS

“Seeking out vegan alternatives? Glossy, coated fabrics offer


a look that’s equally charged with sex appeal”
Ellie Pithers, fashion features editor

Leather boots, £995,


Jimmy Choo

JASON LLOYD-EVANS; MITCHELL SAMS; PIXELATE.BIZ

Leather bag,
£403, By Far

Resin earrings, £235,


Dresses, above, from left: leather, £2,580, Rochas. Sleeveless leather, £290, Cos. Dinosaur Designs
Leather with cut-out detail, £1,417, Rokh, at Km20.ru. Faux leather, £475, Nanushka

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KNITTING
SOCIETY
Question: what’s more comforting
than a sweater? Answer: head-to-toe
knitwear. Cast on to a new mix
that’s easier to pull off than it looks
Autumn’s unlikely maxim is knit up, look sharp.
The surprise this season is that the cosiest layers of
wool – whether ribbed or patchworked, Fair Isle
or fluff-heavy, stripy or zigzaggy – not only provide
instant jollity but, worn from top to bottom, suddenly
appear seriously chic. A strong dose of colour is key:
this trend has a pleasingly retro feel that plays out
best in paintbox brights. A focus on the waist – and a
nipped-in silhouette – will also help a hodgepodge
of textures and multiple patterns to look considered,
rather than chaotic. As for accessories, 1970s-hued
beaded bags and slouchy boots keep
things feeling exuberant. EP

From left: Kesewa wears vest, £35. Belt, £35.


Both Massimo Dutti. Trousers, £770, Etro.
Beaded bag, £40, Mango. Radhika wears coat,
£15,500, Dior. Sweater, £810. Skirt, £910.
SCOTT TRINDLE

Both Jil Sander. Boots, £785, Kenzo Memento.


Jess wears cardigan, £2,255, Akris. Dress, £455,
Kenzo. Boots, from £854, Nina Ricci. Earrings,
from £680, Jennifer Fisher. Lili wears sweater,
£510, Alberta Ferretti. Dress, £1,975. Scarf, £450.
Both Sonia Rykiel. Boots, £530, Red Valentino

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Chloe.com
TRENDS
Embroidered wool
sweater, £1,765,
Pringle of Scotland.
Wool trousers,
£492, Beaufille

“Supersized, sequin-
strewn or simply smile-
inducing – who could
resist Calvin Klein’s
Road Runner style? –
the trophy knit is set
to warm your heart”
Naomi Smart, shopping editor
SCOTT TRINDLE; JASON LLOYD-EVANS; MITCHELL SAMS; PIXELATE.BIZ

From top: zip sweater, £59,


CHRISTOPHER KANE

Topshop. Wool cardigan, £720, Zadig et


ISABEL MARANT

Voltaire. Fringed wool sweater, £695,


MICHAEL KORS
CALVIN KLEIN

COLLECTION

Dries Van Noten, at Harvey Nichols.


Wool intarsia sweater, £295, Coach
1941. Striped wool sweater, £385,
DIOR

Dsquared2. Sweater with blouse detail,


£422, Sacai, at Dover Street Market

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TRENDS

Crocodile, £15,170, Gucci Leather, £980, Fendi Leather, £750, Burberry

Sequined, £1,190, Paco Rabanne

Leather, £339, Marc Cain

From left: Kesewa


wears top, £540,
Giorgio Armani.
Jeans, £49, Topshop.
Leather bag, £975,
Alexander Wang. Iris
wears poloneck, £855,
Lanvin. Leather jeans,
£1,125, ALC. Beaded
bag, £8,290, Tom Ford.
Jess wears top, £13,
Leather, £2,790, Chanel Bershka. Skirt, £445,
Mulberry. Leather bag,
£1,250, Balenciaga

Chain lightning
SCOTT TRINDLE; PIXELATE.BIZ

Flash your fashion credentials with this season’s


take on the shoulder bag… Whatever its colour, pattern,
embellishments or shape, just ensure it swings
Leather, £395, Yuzefi, at Net-a-Porter.com from a shining, metal-link strap
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TRENDS

GATHER
ROUND
Introducing Prada’s
drawstring boot –
where patent leather
and nylon meet

SCOTT TRINDLE

Black patent-
leather and
nylon boots,
£645, Prada

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Move Collections with Gigi Hadid M E S S I K A .C O M

# Dia m o n d A d dic t io n
This page: dress,
£2,680, Michael Kors
Collection. Poloneck, from
£450, Proenza Schouler.
Earrings, £450, Fendi.
Opposite, from left:
Radhika wears jacket,
£860. Shorts, £360. Both
Emporio Armani. Blouse,
£605, Mulberry. Boots,
£980, Fendi. Sunglasses,
£220, Prada. Jess wears
jacket, £510. Trousers,
£270. Both MSGM. Blouse,
£209, Sandro. Boots,
£1,041, Marine Serre x
Nicholas Kirkwood, at
Matchesfashion.com.
Earrings, £235, Miu Miu.
Lili wears coat, £1,690,
Marni. Top, £185, Maje.
Belt, from a selection,
Mugler. Boots, £730,
Miu Miu. Bag, £2,800,
Louis Vuitton
TRENDS

Above, from top: rollneck, £178,


Tory Burch at Net-A-Porter.com.
Earrings, £340, Rachel Comey.
Shoes, £985, Balenciaga. Below:
skirt, £845, By Malene Birger
Super-retro
Anything goes in this vintage fashion mash-up. Art deco
prints worn with cowboy boots? Yes! Vinyl separates with
’70s sportswear? Tie-dye with ’60s geometrics? Hell, yes!
SCOTT TRINDLE; JASON LLOYD-EVANS; MITCHELL

“Pair an
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’80s dress with


’60s pumps
for thoroughly
modern
ALEXANDER WANG
LOUIS VUITTON

MARINE SERRE

impact” Above, from top: dress, to order,


BALENCIAGA

Carven. Shoes, £1,240, Gucci. Bag,


Olivia Singer, £318, The Kooples. Minidress,
CHLOE
PRADA

executive fashion £1,995, Agent Provocateur.


news editor Earrings, £495, Peter Pilotto

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TRENDS

Put on
your
metal
This season, your best
jewellery efforts should
include a convention-
challenging clash of
bronze, gold and silver
Right: hoop earrings,
£2,300. Ear cuff, £1,180.
Both Bulgari. Necklace, £8,875,
Tiffany City Hardwear. White-gold
bracelet, £6,100, Cartier. Rose-gold
bracelet, from £7,300, Pomellato.
Poloneck, £235, Pringle of Scotland.
Below left: beaded earring, £270, Stuart
Weitzman. Fringed earrings, £620,
Givenchy. Necklace, £700, Charlotte
Chesnais, at Dover Street Market.
Poloneck, £775, Loro Piana. Below
middle: hoop earrings, from £205 a

SCOTT TRINDLE
pair, Tom Wood. Necklace, £265,
Amanda Wakeley. Poloneck, £155, John
Smedley. Below right: hoop earrings,
£600, Louis Vuitton. Necklace, £1,210,
Chloé. Poloneck, £235, Pringle of Scotland

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From left: Radhika
wears jacket, £8,740,
Gucci. Poloneck, £13,
Uniqlo. Jeans, £165, The
Kooples. Boots, £1,100,
Sergio Rossi. Jess wears
jumpsuit, £2,465,
Halpern, at Matches-
fashion.com. Earrings,
£150, Alessandra Rich.
Lili wears blazer,
£1,715. Trousers,
£1,038. Both Philipp
Plein. Top, £4,710,
Ermanno Scervino.
Shoes, £1,790.
Headband, £230.
Earrings, £1,200.
All Tom Ford

Haute notes
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baroque boots are calling to you, the gilded
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SCOTT TRINDLE; JASON LLOYD-EVANS;
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TRENDS
Left: embellished
velvet skirt,
£3,360, Erdem.
Below, from top:
earrings, £289,
Oscar de la
Renta. Sequined
boots, £1,650,
Alberta Ferretti

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ERDEM
like a longer-length
sparkling skirt or a
sequined knee-high boot
– prove that you can
still show off without
showing skin”
Sarah Harris, deputy editor

Clockwise from
above: bag, £695,
Aspinal of London.
Feathered silk skirt,
from £2,715, Prabal
Gurung. Jewelled
shoes, from £2,050,
Dolce & Gabbana

Right, from left: Radhika


wears dress, to order,
Balmain. Boots, from a
selection, Halpern x
Christian Louboutin. Lili
wears top, £1,208, Ashish,
at Matchesfashion.com.
Trousers, £2,360, Chanel.
Boots, £4,335, Saint
Laurent by Anthony
Vaccarello. Earrings,
£650, Mulberry

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RELIGHT MY FIRE
From deadstock to deconstruction, Harriet Quick talks to the young designers
reworking our view of sustainable fashion

Y
uck or yes please? This is the question running desirable garments. And right now, they are making a growing
through the minds of a group of designers who swell of sustainability-savvy shoppers happy.
are trawling through warehouses, eBay, vintage “Last Christmas, I trawled through Goodwill stores in New
stores and into the crevices of their own studios Jersey and Connecticut, digging out old T-shirts,” relates
to truffle out deadstock fabrics and trimmings that might Conner Ives, an American designer currently in his third and
otherwise end up as landfill. They go on to repurpose and final year at Central Saint Martins. “There were some gems,
imaginatively rework the discarded and unwanted into including a whole set of family-reunion tees that featured >
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TRENDS

Clockwise from
below: Rave
Review; Marine
Serre; Chopova
Lowena; Conner
Ives; Rave Review;
Germanier

ordered for Juicy Couture, ’70s Hawaiian floral


prints – like nothing I had ever seen,” says
Latta. In the new collection you’ll find a
tailored suit in a pale grey reminiscent of ’90s
sartorial trends and cut from deadstock suiting
fabric found in LA. This causes its own
Right: at Maison problems: deadstock is unpredictable. “You
Margiela Couture, don’t know whether you need 20 yards or 200
John Galliano used
offcuts from luxury until orders are confirmed,” Latta adds. “But
fabric houses discarded fabrics are now part of the brand’s
character. We’ve built in that responsibility.”
baby photos, and ‘No 1 Dad’ shirts that And it is a responsibility, as proven by the
I cut and spliced with Michael Phelps recent outcry over news that in 2017 Burberry
tees. I love that juxtaposition – each one is unique.” Ives’ incinerated unsold products worth £28 million. The practice
ingenuity has attracted commissions for capsule collections of destroying unsold luxury goods to preserve exclusivity,
from Browns (his second for the store landed in September) brand equity and guard against counterfeit is not unusual.
and Liberty, as well as one-off orders: a deconstructed tuxedo The Burberry Foundation is now seeking out more ecologically
dress worn by Adwoa Aboah to the 2017 Met Gala was sound solutions and continues to work with Elvis & Kresse,
rustled up in his live/work studio in Tottenham. His passion a company founded in 2005 that specialises in recycling leather
for sustainability was triggered as a teenager while interning into wallets and bags. It estimates that over its five-year
for designers in New York. “We have a huge consumption partnership, 120 tonnes of leather offcuts will be reworked.
problem in fashion. I was witnessing so much waste in the There is, of course, another way – as Martin Margiela proved
design studios, with 40m-bolts of fabric being thrown out. when he made collections out of vintage headscarves in Paris
People seemed numb. It is just so ludicrous,” he says. in 1992. The designer was a pioneer, using discarded materials
Being witness to excess is proving highly motivational for including bead curtains, motorcycle helmets, leather jackets
young designers. Swiss-born, CSM-trained designer Kévin and broken jewellery, ingeniously giving them a second life in
Germanier recently hauled 93 bags of plastic beads from Hong the Artisanal couture collection. John Galliano, now at the

SHUTTERSTOCK; JULIA CHAMPEAU; CHARLOTTE WALES; NICOLAY BIRYUKOV; REX


Kong back to London and began making sparkling disco dresses helm of Maison Margiela, continues the tradition: for the
and bodysuits from the waste that was destined for landfill. autumn 2018 couture collection he utilised offcuts from luxury
Germanier, a Louis Vuitton alum who now lives in Paris – and fabric houses and patchworked them using a Chinese technique
counts Björk as one of his fans – gets a thrill from magicking called Ge Ba, bonding fabric scraps with rice-based glue.
glamour out of trash, as does his fellow Parisian designer Marine Bizarre juxtapositions can prove thrilling as emerging brand
Serre. She rescued hundreds of silk scarves from a consignment Chopova Lowena proves with its fusion of Bulgarian costume
warehouse and made them into fluid dresses that were a and ’80s sportswear. “Our wool skirts are made entirely from
highlight of her autumn/winter ’18 collection. Streetwear is old aprons and unused fabric which either gets donated or
getting in on the act, too: across the Pond in Canada, Frankie we buy from auction sites. We buy Lycra/spandex from New
“We have Collective tracks down deadstock polo shirts and athletic-wear Jersey which is deadstock due to slight imperfections in the
a huge from brands including Supreme and Polo Ralph Lauren, and
remodels them, cropping lengths and changing proportions.
fabric which we cut around,” says Sofia-born Emma Chopova.
In Sweden, the label Rave Review, which has shown two
consumption For Eckhaus Latta, reliance on deadstock was a pragmatic collections in Paris, takes upcycling to its logical extreme.
problem in decision born of limited resources. Zoe Latta, who founded The name itself was even taken from a vintage clothing label.
the label in New York with Mike Eckhaus, likes to amplify the “Sustainability doesn’t have to define the brand or product
fashion. I was feel of the weird and uncommon. “We go to deadstock suppliers aesthetically,” say the founders, Josephine Bergqvist and Livia
witnessing so and get inspired. These warehouses are a great place to think Schück. In their hands, thick lace tablecloths turn into
about materials and textures that are uninhibited by the messages butterfly-sleeve dresses, and citrus-check curtain material
much waste,” and trends a manufacturer might want to present. I’ve used into tailored wrap skirts that will give a sunny feelgood boost
says Ives crazy upholstery fabrics, come across old grey velour originally to any wardrobe. Waste not, want not. Q
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VOGUE DARLING Ella wears wool/
cotton jacket with
“Studio Ghibli [a Japanese leather detail,
animation film studio] £2,800. Silk blouse,
doesn’t get mentioned £1,800. Belted
enough but has amazing, cotton trousers,
strong female characters £1,800. Leather
that are just so accessible boots, £950.
to younger audiences. I All Louis Vuitton.
religiously watched Princess Gold wrap bracelet,
Mononoke, Nausicaä and worn as choker,
Howl’s Moving Castle.” £6,075, Tiffany
City Hardwear.
Photograph Jen
“I’ve started training Carey. Styling
for Charlie’s Angels, so I’m Alexandra Carl
doing a lot more kick boxing.
I’ve always been very sporty,
though – I threw javelin
for Team London.”
Boxing gloves, £27,
Everlast, at Amazon

ELLA
BALINSKA “I want
to wake

T
hree days before her Vogue interview, 22-year-old
Ella Balinska landed the role of her lifetime: as
an as-yet-unnamed Angel in the Elizabeth Banks-
up in the
directed reboot of Charlie’s Angels (set for release morning to
in autumn 2019). Making up the trio with Kristen Stewart do what
and Naomi Scott, does Ella feel she’s made it? “I’ve never
I love”

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really thought ‘I want to make it’, it’s been more about,
‘I want to wake up in the morning to do what I love.’” It’s
a role she was born to play, even if her catwalk-ready frame

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“I really like doing a – inherited from her mother, former Vogue model Lorraine
smoky eye with the Pascale – had her thinking otherwise. “I’ve always wanted
Urban Decay Naked
Smoky Eye Shadow
to do action, but I thought that at a proud 5ft 11in, I was
Palette [£39.50]. I too tall. I’m qualified in 12 types of stage combat, so it’s
can do a cut crease safe to say the brief for my character was very familiar.” Q
but I’m not sure if it’s
good enough for an
Instagram debut yet.”

“My goal is
to be able to “The Maldives are
“If I had to pick stunning. It’s just so
inspire people. desert island
If I can make lovely to do nothing – but
beauty items always get that cheeky
an ounce of they would be
difference, photo for the ’gram (this
Diorshow Iconic looks like a yacht but
then I’ve done Mascara [£27]
my job.” really it’s a pedalo).”
and the Gucci
Bloom Nettare
LOUIS VUITTON

Di Fiori eau de
parfum [£109].”

“Jaden Smith
“I’m a shoe is one of my
girl and base style icons.
my whole look Fashion is all
around them. “I shop in about breaking
I have the most Selfridges’ men’s boundaries,
from Givenchy, contemporary self-expression
ELLA’S PLAYLIST
but my favourite section, and am and making a
• “Cola” by CamelPhat and
are biker boots totally into Virgil decision about
Elderbrook
from Kurt Geiger.” Abloh’s Louis who you are.
• “Glue” by Bicep
Leather boots, Vuitton. I like the He does
• “Icon” by Jaden Smith
£189, Carvela way he’s created androgynous
• “Uprising” by Muse
a signature very well.”
already.”
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OUT OF
THE BLUE
With a nod to its past, Tiffany
has injected fresh florals into
its new Blue Book collection.
Jewellery editor: Carol Woolton.
Fashion editor: Gianluca Longo.
Photographs: Thomas Lagrange
JEWELLERY

Opposite: gold,
platinum and
pink-and-white-
diamond earrings.
Matching necklace.
Both price on request,
Tiffany. Cotton shirt,
£360, Charvet,
at Mrporter.com.
This page: tanzanite,
sapphire and diamond
wrap bracelet.
Tourmaline and
diamond ring.
Tanzanite, sapphire
and diamond ring.
All price on request,
Tiffany. Wool poloneck,
£209, Sandro.
Hair: Olivier
Schawalder. Make-up:
Constance Haond.
Nails: Typhaine
Kersual. Model:
Demy de Vries

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This page: titanium
peony ring set with
sapphires, price on
request, Boucheron.
Opposite, clockwise
from top left:
aluminium,
tourmaline and
diamond earrings,
price on request,
Emmanuel Tarpin.
Mother-of-pearl,
spinel, aquamarine,
sapphire and
diamond brooch,
£18,000, Feng J.
Sapphire, white-
and-yellow-
diamond, and
tsavorite brooch,
price on request,
Cindy Chao.
Diamond and
sapphire ring,
price on request,
Dior Joaillerie

FORGET-
ME-NOT
Introducing jewels that are perfect
rose petals have all been carefully preserved, then lightly
painted with lacquer. To these delicate plants, padparadscha
sapphire and imperial topaz gemstones were set in pink-gold
pistils, while the underside of the petals were scattered with
floral specimens. By Carol Woolton. jonquil-yellow and violet sapphires, resting on titanium stems.
This new species of Fleurs Eternelle would have sent rich
Styling by Gianluca Longo. industrialist collectors of rare specimens wild in the 19th
Photographs by Thomas Lagrange century in a bid to fill their hothouses with the precious blooms.
And Mrs Boucheron’s pansies would still be alive today.
ONE OF THE joys of a jewel is that it can lend life to a Meanwhile, Cindy Chao has trumped the gardener’s effort
flower way beyond the seasons. During the 19th century, to cultivate a blue rose. Azure titanium and gemstones with
Frédéric Boucheron reinterpreted fuchsia petals and his wife’s flashes of marine from opalescent mother-of-pearl are
favourite pansies in realistic detail. Now the maison, under fashioned into cobalt-hued roses and orchids. At Dior, Victoire
the design direction of Claire Choisne, has gone further, de Castellane has balanced the moody sapphire at the centre
creating a world of floral hyper-realism, using science to of her floral design with diamonds. Forget about being green-
make real flowers forever. Peony, anemone, hydrangea and fingered; this autumn and winter, we say propagate blue. Q
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ARTS & CULTURE

The big
DRAWS
The exhibitions worth
weekending for this autumn.
By Hayley Maitland

OCEAN COLOUR SCENES


When Captain Cook returned from his first voyage across
the Pacific, he brought back tales of a paradise on earth, where
blissful tribes lived on palm-fringed islands surrounded by
crystal lagoons. Now, 250 years later, the Royal Academy’s
new exhibition, Oceania (until December 10), pays homage
to the indigenous cultures he encountered. It features some
200 Polynesian works up to 500 years old, including hand-
carved Maori canoes, a navigator’s weather charm and “whale-
ivory” trinkets. Meanwhile, from October 20 at Tate St Ives,
Turner Prize-nominated Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer
consider the history of the region through a feminist lens.
The duo recreated Gauguin’s journey to Tahiti for Why Are
You Angry?, their documentary focusing on the lives of
descendants of the Polynesian beauties in Gauguin’s canvases.
Watch a screening in the gallery before taking in some of the
Post-Impressionist master’s
own works – displayed
especially for the occasion.
Left: detail from Lisa Reihana’s
In Pursuit of Venus [Infected]
(2015-17), and below left, a hook
from 1870, both part of Oceania.
Right: a still from Why Are You
Angry? by Nashashibi/Skaer

TAKE A PEW
CONCRETE
LISA REIHANA/ARTPROJECTS; NASHASHIBI/SKAER; MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND
ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE; TIMOTHY SCHENCK AND THE TRUST

Edward Burne-Jones’s mythical Pre-Raphaelite works are at the heart of a major


retrospective at Tate Britain from October 24 – but his greatest masterpieces EVIDENCE
might just be his stained-glass windows. See some of the best at these churches…
ST MICHAEL & ALL
ANGELS, HERTS
Spectacularly colourful
windows with playful
renderings of John the
FOR GOVERNORS ISLAND; STAATSGALERIE, STUTTGART

Baptist and Saint Peter.

BIRMINGHAM
CATHEDRAL
A Midlands native,
Burne-Jones designed and
installed the windows with From its Sculpture Park to The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire
his friend William Morris.
has cemented its position as one of the UK’s best art destinations.
ST JAMES’ Now there’s another reason to visit: Rachel Whiteread’s
CHURCH, CUMBRIA monumental new work in Dalby Forest – the latest in her Shy
The exquisite east
window here depicts
Sculpture series that has seen her cast everything from a boathouse
both the Crucifixion on a Norwegian fjord to Cabin on Governors Island in New York
and the Ascension. (above). For the new project, opening this month, the artist has
Left: The Doom Fulfilled recreated a Nissen hut – a shelter for the wood’s original planters
(1888) by Edward – made for the Forestry Commission’s 100th anniversary. >
Burne-Jones
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ARTS & CULTURE

GAINSBOROUGH IN PROFILE
This is the autumn for Gainsborough devotees.
Opening on November 22, the National Portrait
Gallery’s Gainsborough’s Family Album charts the
royal portraitist’s evolution from weaver’s son to
his arrival at George III’s court, using more than
50 of his works. To get a true sense of the Royal
Academician’s life, though, it’s worth visiting his
stomping grounds outside London. Start at Early
Gainsborough at his childhood home in Suffolk
(Gainsborough’s House, from October 20), which
harnesses fresh research to depict the artist’s rural
upbringing. Then head to the Holburne in Bath,
where Gainsborough and the Theatre (until January
20) focuses on his fascination with the stage –
from the actor David Garrick to the young
debutantes who defined the 18th-century scene.
Right: Wooded Landscape with Old Peasant and
Donkeys outside a Barn, Ploughshare and Distant
Church (c1755) by Thomas Gainsborough

CELEBRITY STATUS
From can-can dancers at
the Moulin Rouge to the
demi-monde of Le Chat Noir,
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
immortalised the residents of
fin-de-siècle Montmartre in his
avant-garde lithographic prints.
With 75 works on display,
Pin-Ups: Toulouse-Lautrec and
the Art of Celebrity at the
Scottish National Gallery, until
January 20, highlights Lautrec
and his contemporaries’ roles in
the development of celebrity.
WOOLF HAUL
Almost a century after its heyday, the Bloomsbury Group continues to
fascinate. Charleston (above), the Sussex home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan
Grant, has just launched its first dedicated exhibition space, the Wolfson
Gallery. Catch its inaugural show, Orlando at the Present Time (until
January 6), which centres on the playful take on gender in Virginia Woolf’s
landmark novel. Among the displays are photographs of Sissinghurst Castle
by Annie Leibovitz and leading contemporary artists’ responses to the book.
HUNTERIAN, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW; ALAMY;
GAINSBOROUGH’S HOUSE, SUDBURY, SUFFOLK;
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON; THE
MATT SMITH; MAUREEN PALEY; TONY TREE

Belfast’s arts scene is buzzing, and its BELFAST BRIGHTS


International Arts Festival returns on
October 16. Among the highlights?
US artist Suzanne Lacy’s politically
charged Across and In-Between, which
saw her working with communities on
Above: Kaye Donachie’s both sides of the border. Take it all in,
Our Tears for Smiles then stroll through the city’s beautiful
(2018). Right: Matt
Smith’s Pink (2017) Cathedral Quarter (right), home to
30-plus open-air sculptures. Q
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Beneath the no-
nonsense exterior
is a woman of
warmth and charm,
in possession of a
wonderful throaty
laugh. Vanessa
Redgrave wears
an embroidered
silk-cady shawl and
suit, both made to
order, by Christ’l.
Hair: Ignazio Sulas.
Make-up: Lisa
Eldridge. With
thanks to Robbie
Tomkins and
Amy Ward
ARTS & CULTURE

PLAYING
HER PART…
At 81, actor and provocateur Vanessa
Redgrave is still making herself
heard – on stage and off. By Olivia
Marks. Photographs by Perry Ogden.
Styling by Julia Brenard

V
anessa Redgrave is unhappy. The reason?
Take your pick: the death of film criticism;
the appalling condition of our prisons;
the sorry state of “low level” news…
There’s nothing she can’t get cross about. Would we
want it any other way?
Fiery, opinionated, exasperated: this is the 81-year-
old I expect to find when I arrive for tea at the
ground-floor apartment of a Chiswick mansion block
on a swelteringly hot afternoon. So at first it is a
little disconcerting to find one of Britain’s foremost
theatrical matriarchs opening her front door in “sweet
old lady” mode, wearing a knee-length dressing gown
and slippers, fawning over her small dog, Zep. Once
inside the dark, high-ceilinged rooms, however, the
cosy grandma atmosphere soon evaporates. Her
much-documented eyes, cornflower blue and
unnervingly direct, are as piercing as ever.
Ostensibly, we are here to discuss her turn in this
year’s critically heralded smash hit The Inheritance – a
two-part, seven-hour Aids opus that manages to be
both devastating and hilarious, and which opened at
the Young Vic earlier this year before transferring to
the West End – although anyone with a passing
knowledge of Redgrave’s CV won’t be surprised to
learn that her conversation goes heavily off-piste. Today,
a new distraction comes in the form of Zep. “My
sweetheart. I don’t want to disturb our interview, but
I can’t resist you,” she says in her inimitable RP, made
husky from years of smoking, while throwing a tiny
ball through the kitchen and into the courtyard.
In the 1960s, she was the archetypal sexpot in films
such as Antonioni’s Blow-Up, and her Rosalind in As
You Like It at Stratford-upon-Avon, aged 24, still turns
male critics of a certain age into gibbering, quivering
wrecks. No actress has bettered her Mary, Queen of
Scots, and she was greatly admired by Tennessee >
Theatre fans are more familiar with the
Redgrave family tree than their own: the eldest
daughter of actors Michael Redgrave and
Rachel Kempson, Vanessa’s siblings, Corin and
Lynn, were also actors, and her daughters,
Natasha and Joely, followed in her footsteps,
as did Corin’s daughter Jemma. Of the next
generation, only 26-year-old Daisy Bevan
(Vanessa’s granddaughter) appears to be
keeping the tradition alive. Just don’t use the
D-word. “We’re not a dynasty,” she says sharply.
“Every professional family has a few that carry
on and some branch out a different way.
Dynasties are to do with ruling. We don’t rule,
so it’s absurd. I get very severe,” she says, putting
on her most frightening voice. “I begin to glint
and look over my shoulder and see who else is
coming along being stupid.” And with that,
she throws her head back and cackles.
Three years after a near-fatal heart attack
(which finally saw off the fags), age has neither
softened her outrage nor altered her agenda.
Last year she made her directorial debut with
Sea Sorrow, a documentary about the global
refugee crisis. She has just returned from
Kosovo where she hosted a screening of the
film. It’s quite something to become a first-time
director in your eighties, I venture. “Not bad,
is it?” she agrees, her lips curling into a smile.
Redgrave might be too spiky, too stern to
achieve fluffy National Treasure status like
her friend Judi Dench (“we were in the same
year at Central. Her Juliet was phenomenal”),
but it becomes clear that beneath the no-
nonsense exterior is a woman of warmth and
charm, in possession of a wonderful throaty
Redgrave, photographed laugh. For all the (many) people she holds in
in the courtyard garden
of her London home, contempt, there are an equal number that
wears a Dior jacket and she heaps with praise. Matthew Lopez, the
blouse with bespoke
trousers by Christ’l
40-year-old writer of The Inheritance, is one.
“This play reveals Lopez as a sort of
Shakespeare in modern terms,” beams
Williams and Arthur Miller, but she has always been Redgrave. “Not just once, not just twice, but every time I
controversial. John Osborne apparently used to call her Big listen on the Tannoy, every time I study my lines, I’m
Van, and for a time she was the country’s most famous socialist astonished with the depth of the perspective that he has.”
when she joined the Workers Revolutionary Party in the 1970s. Critics agree. The Telegraph’s Dominic Cavendish went as
Acting and campaigning have been constant, mostly far as to call it “the most important American play of the
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uncomfortable, bedfellows ever since. century so far”. It is Angels in America meets Howards End
Having changed into a black V-neck and trousers, Redgrave – owing to Lopez’s loose update of EM Forster’s novel to
sits at the table in a kitchen that lies somewhere on the scale gay, present-day New York – an epic tale of the Aids epidemic
between Hampstead Bazaar and problem hoarder. Mismatched and its legacy, of love and ambition, art and politics.
“Dynasties crockery is piled up on a dresser, open bottles of red wine sit There are clever, pleasing references to Howards End
clustered on the countertop, while an enormous potted vine throughout, not least with the casting of Redgrave (whose
are to do with has crept through the door and outside. The table is covered performance as Ruth Wilcox in the beloved 1992 Merchant
ruling. We in books (Gina Miller’s Rise is on the go) and the day’s papers, Ivory film of the book earned her an Oscar nomination for
and taped to a cupboard door I spot a recipe for “Tasha’s Best Supporting Actress). Appearing at the end of part two,
don’t rule, so margaritas” – a poignant reminder of Redgrave’s late daughter, Redgrave plays a mother who previously refused to accept
it’s absurd” Natasha Richardson, who died in a skiing accident in 2009. her son’s sexuality, but now cares for those who are dying of
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VANESSA REDGRAVE, HER SON


CARLO NERO AND MICHELLE
Aids-related illnesses in a house not dissimilar to Howards DOCKERY AT WIMBLEDON IN JULY
End. She even delivers a line about pig’s teeth in a tree, as
she did as Ruth Wilcox in the film, although Redgrave is IN 1971’S MARY,
quick to point out that in the play it is a wych elm not a QUEEN OF SCOTS
AT AN EQUITY
cherry. Nothing gets past her. MEETING IN 1971
Unlike Lopez, who grew up during the Aids epidemic of
the 1980s and 1990s, it affected Redgrave personally – her
first husband, the director Tony Richardson, died from an
Aids-related illness in 1991. Echoing the words of Eric Glass
(the play’s protagonist), I tell Redgrave I can’t imagine what
that was like. “No, you can’t,” she cuts back. “I find it hard
to. I was late in learning about it. I learnt about it only when
my husband got it. I didn’t know anything about it at all, so
quiet had the media kept was my conclusion.
“My husband made every effort to live as long as he could,”
she continues, quieter now, speaking more to herself than to
me. “Wouldn’t most people? He just tried to live
for the day when something would be discovered,
and he only missed it by about a year and a half,
which is a torment. A torment. He was a very
exceptional person.” Though they divorced in LEFT: LYNN AND
1967, “I cared a bundle about him,” she says. VANESSA REDGRAVE
“We were going to do a production of The Cherry IN WHATEVER HAPPENED
TO BABY JANE (1991)
Orchard.” She goes silent for a long moment.
“He was preparing for that as he was dying.” THE DEVILS (1971)
Richardson, of course, was father to Natasha
and Joely. And in 1969 she had a son, Carlo,
with the Italian actor Franco Nero – the man
she now calls her husband. She and Nero fell
in love while filming Camelot in 1967, split,
reunited, and eventually wed in 2006, when
Vanessa was 69. The couple mostly lives apart.
“I like being on my own. Because I love him,”
she says, laughing. “Some people don’t like it, but it suits our
VANESSA WITH
particular circumstances.” DAUGHTERS
Talk of family litters our interview (Carlo, now a film JOELY (ON LEFT)
AND NATASHA
producer, calls halfway through our conversation to make
arrangements for that evening), and Redgrave explains how
Zep was a gift from Joely and Daisy after her heart attack:
“He made me happy again.” She talks with unconcealed pride
of her grandchildren and nephews and nieces, one of whom
is a pilot, another a Rudolf Steiner teacher.
Just over a year after Natasha’s death, Corin and Lynn, to
whom she was very close, died within a month of one another.
Did experiencing such loss in such a short space of time make
her hold her family even closer? She looks at me dead on: MERYL STREEP AND
VANESSA IN 2007’S EVENING
“Yes. Absolutely. Absolutely. I think I’m incredibly lucky to
RIGHT: WITH FRANCO
be part of such a family. Incredibly lucky.” NERO IN 1970. BELOW:
Redgrave still works ferociously – our interview draws to PERFORMING WITH JOELY
IN LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN
a close as a car arrives to take her to a screening of an
upcoming film with Timothy Spall, Mrs Lowry & Son; she
has three others in post-production; not to mention being
on stage every night in The Inheritance. Before she leaves, I
ask, against my better judgement, if she would have any
advice for her younger self? “Well that’s silly isn’t it,” she
rasps, eyes flashing once again with delighted exasperation.
“That’s a question for a rainy day.” Q
The Inheritance is at the Noël Coward Theatre until January 19
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T
hink of the working lunch
eaten al desko and the last
things to spring to mind are
dairy-free cacao truffles and
a half kilo of sustainable oscietra. When
one thinks “takeout deli” one does not
picture five tonnes of Dalmatia marble
and stainless steel. But all that is about
to change. Society darling Juan Santa
Cruz, owner of Isabel in Mayfair and
Notting Hill’s Casa Cruz, has entered
the takeaway game.
“I’ve been thinking about this since I
worked on Wall Street in the 1990s,”
he says of his new concept; a posh Pret,
if you will, though he’d rather you didn’t.
Nathalie, named after a stylish friend,
opens on Mayfair’s Hanover Square later
this month. From 6.30am to 11.30pm
it will serve 50 different items, in takeout
boxes with six little slots to keep your
choices separate. Like bento, but
seasonal and largely Mediterranean. The
deli will sell “nice salt, foie gras, caviar,
our own-label Malbec, half bottles of
good champagne”, as well as the
covetable tableware Santa Cruz designed
for his restaurants.
The upscale takeaway trend has been
a constantly evolving one. Remember
when Itsu’s sashimi was heaven sent,
before Leon took quinoa to the masses?
Now the proper boutique takeout is on
the rise. Think of Hemsley & Hemsley
at Selfridges or the three Farm Girl
outlets, with their golden lattes and
IN GOOD TASTE
charcoal cappuccinos. Soon there will Kate Spicer on the London deli leading a lunch
also be a second Farmer J, a farm-to-fork revolution. Photograph by Jenny van Sommers
concept providing City workers with a
healthy lunch, and, this month, fashion caterers Tart London Poppy Delevingne, a regular at both Isabel and Casa Cruz.
will open its first place in Victoria. But none will match “His places feel a little naughty. His attention to detail is
Nathalie for sleekness and choice. extraordinary – that’s why you keep going back,” she adds.
Well-heeled workers have been under-served on the lunch “That and Juan himself. He’s irresistible. The glint in his
front, believes Santa Cruz, who, at 47, has a whiff of the old eye, the hint of cheekiness.”
jet-set playboy about him. Chilean born, he grew up in There’s still some of that naughtiness available at Nathalie.
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Uruguay and finished his schooling in Switzerland and “You had a hard weekend, you know what I mean, lunch
Boston. After working in finance in New York and Buenos requires a lot of blueberries or a green diet, or maybe it requires “His attention
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Aires, he knew he had to find an occupation that fired all chocolate gateau with dulce de leche,” smiles Santa Cruz. to detail is
his passions: design, people, food, wine… and, of course, Prices for a simple lunch start at the splurge-in-Whole
fun. His first Buenos Aires restaurant opened in 2004, and Foods mark (about £15), but are some way below his restaurants, extraordinary
London followed in 2015. meaning his ethos can, Santa Cruz hopes, now be enjoyed by – that’s why
He’s had a phenomenal rise since arriving in the UK, and the masses. There are plans for Nathalies in more major cities.
while the critics have never understood his appeal, society “Why not?” he says, with that irresistible twinkle in his eye,
you keep
does. “I die for Juan’s Argentinian blackened chicken,” says “Let’s bring this to as many people as we can.” Q going back”
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Monaci delle Terre Nere, Sicily, Italy
Graham Steele (left) and Ulysses de Santi sit upon
Jorge Zalszupin 1960s Cubo chairs. A 1950s tea trolley,
and artworks, including a Rodrigo Cass painting and
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a Mona Hatoum sculpture, surround them

Art house
What happens when a gallerist marries
a furniture dealer? Pure design nirvana, says
Talib Choudhry. Photographs by Kate Martin

T
he juxtapositions are what I really love,” says
gallerist Graham Steele, of the chic LA home he
shares with his husband, furniture dealer Ulysses
de Santi. “It’s a happy marriage of different styles.
We are very open to each other’s tastes in our respective
Above: a Joaquim Tenreiro bench fields. We’ve paired furniture in the same way that you would
and a Kenzi Shiokava sculpture an art collection and that’s exciting to me.”
(on landing). Right: Jacqueline The rooms of the West Hollywood townhouse are
Terpins vase and 1950s chair by
Martin Eisler and Carlo Hauner comfortably proportioned, and the decoration walks the line
for Forma. Below: works by between drama and restraint, with museum-quality furniture
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Svenja Deininger, Nicola Martini,


Pae White and Lucas Arruda
and a contemporary art collection that would make even the
displayed near a Zalszupin table most glacial gallerist swoon. De Santi, who was born near
Sao Paulo, sources vintage Brazilian furniture for clients and
stages pop-ups (following sell-out exhibitions in LA and Hong
Kong, he has another in LA now), and some of the finest
examples have been reserved for his own home, including an
undulating Oscar Niemeyer chaise in the bedroom that is
truly seductive. “It’s all about the curves,” says de Santi,
describing the masterpiece. “When it came to furniture
making,” he continues, “European immigrants found that the
beautiful indigenous wood could do things other woods can’t;
you get amazing sinuous shapes, which reflect the sexiness of
Brazil. There’s an openness to the furniture. It’s inviting.”
There is a bench in the foyer by Joaquim Tenreiro (who is
affectionately dubbed “the father of Brazilian modernism”) >
Above: two sculptures by
the couple’s friend Raqib Above: beneath a picture by Anselm Kiefer, Sergio
Shaw. Right: a Louise Rodrigues’ Grasselli shelf holds works by Louise
Bourgeois work sits on Bourgeois and Paloma Bosquê. Right: beyond the
the 1960s Gio Ponti-style 1960s Veranda armchair by Zalszupin is a painting
desk, with a Sarah Morris by Carroll Dunham (father of Lena Dunham)
work above and a
1950s Singer seamstress
chair alongside it
Below: a large and vivid
painting by Luiz Zerbini sits
behind a 1970s Sergio
Rodrigues Picnic table.
Right: Steele stands next to
a Larry Bell cube (1965)

Hauser & Wirth in LA two years later,


de Santi moved to be with him – and
decided to turn his passion for Brazilian
design into a business while decorating
their new home.
De Santi decided to stain the floors
dark “to make them disappear, because
there’s so much wood in the collection”,
but rather than receding, the liquorice-
black boards provide a dramatic
counterpoint to the furniture. The duo
made more drastic changes, too,
demolishing several internal walls to
make the ground floor feel lighter, and
removing a “giant, unsightly” barbecue
and a Sergio Rodrigues Picnic table in the informal dining area in the garden. A run of large glass doors was added to
area on the first floor – which also features bold works of art the living room to create a connection with the outdoors and
by Larry Bell and Roy Lichtenstein. Splashes of teal, inky blue make the most of the year-round sunshine. “We wanted to
and rich reds from the canvases are sparingly echoed throughout be true to the spirit of the house and have an indoor/outdoor
the house, a unifying motif in these carefully curated interiors. lifestyle,” says de Santi. “It’s a mix of bright Californian
“We both walked into the house and immediately felt that modernism and classic Brazilian design, but there are also
the bones were right, and thought, ‘Wow, it’s like a gallery,’ pieces by contemporary artists and designers in the house.”
which was perfect for the look we wanted to achieve,” says He continues, “I didn’t want to live in a time capsule that
“It’s a mix Steele. “It was important for us as a couple to bow to Ulysses’ looked like an episode of Brazilian Mad Men.”
taste in furniture. It’s been a journey of discovery on my part.” And yet, in some ways, they do. Those glamorous martini-
of bright Steele worked in London for 12 years, first as an art soaked parties that seduced the mournful Don Draper in
Californian specialist at Sotheby’s, before becoming a director at White LA would look right at home in the duo’s backyard,
Cube, where he nurtured the careers of emerging artists and and they enjoy entertaining a beautiful, moneyed crowd.
modernism art-world icons such as Mona Hatoum, Larry Bell and As with their decor, when it comes to the guest list, it’s
and classic Damien Hirst. He was in Sao Paulo for the opening of a solo all in the mix. “We entertain a lot – a combination of friends,
show by Bell in 2014 when he met the darkly handsome clients, artists and people from the entertainment industry,”
Brazilian Brazilian de Santi, at that time an actor, and began a long- says Steele. “So there’ll be a celebrity sat next to an
design” distance romance. When Steele became senior director of old school friend who’s a lawyer.”
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Above: de Santi in
one of two 1950s
Reversível chairs
by Martin Eisler
and Carlo Hauner
for Forma. Left:
a Harland Miller,
and acrylic initials
in the bathroom.
Below: the
Oscar Niemeyer
Rio chaise

Friendships with artists have


also blossomed, leading to
acquisitions. “It’s the ultimate
perk of the job,” says Steele.
A pair of paintings by Raqib
Shaw entitled Love Monkeys,
which hang in the master
bedroom, were a gift from the
artist to commemorate their
marriage earlier this year. The
dazzlingly eccentric Shaw also
threw them a second wedding
reception at his London studio; decorated with cascades of
dried flowers, Kashmiri cabinets and flickering candelabra,
it resembled one of his paintings brought to life. “He’s
incredibly generous and the most special soul,” adds Steele.
“You can’t help but fall in love with him. It was such a fantastic,
over-the-top celebration. Sarah Morris did our wedding video Above: a collection of
for us. We used one of her paintings on the invitation and erotic art – including
as the inspiration for our cake, too.” works by Cary Kwok,
Tom of Finland, Wolfgang
There is one major bone of contention in this happy Tillmans, Daniel
marriage, however: the problem of the minimalist versus the Albuquerque and Andy
Warhol – above a Jader
maximalist. “If it was put to Graham, every single surface Almeida sofa. Left: The
would be covered in objects,” explains de Santi. “He puts Love Monkeys by Raqib
three things out and I put two of them away when he goes Shaw hang over the bed
– they were given as
on a business trip.” Steele agrees, admitting, “Ulysses has a wedding present;
beautiful, minimalist taste, so everything looks seamless when next to it are works by
you come into the house, but sometimes we have stand-up Takesada Matsutani
(right) and Geraldo de
fights; I’m constantly accumulating books and objects and unfazed by de Santi’s aversion to clutter and intends to keep Barros. The Petala coffee
they need a home.” growing his collections. “We just need bigger houses,” he table is by Zalszupin
Steele’s love of collecting was shaped by childhood memories quips. “We collect furniture in the same way that we do art
of his grandparents’ home in the 1970s: “They were collectors – not necessarily with somewhere in mind – so lots of pieces
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who travelled all over the world – China, Russia, Japan, India go into storage. But there are certain things that you just
– because they worked in textiles. Everything I looked at or have to have, like the Oscar Niemeyer chaise.”
touched as a child had a story behind it.” Although the house is full of such precious pieces,
Influences from both of their backgrounds are apparent, the homeowners are refreshingly unprecious about them.
including batik fabrics and 1930s Czech glassware collected “It’s not one of those homes where we don’t serve red wine,”
by Steele’s grandmother, and Catholic religious iconography Steele reveals. “Everything is touchable. My brother brings
from South America. It’s this variety and the tension between his kids over all the time – if something gets scratched,
sparsity and stuff that makes the interior so intriguing. it’s not the end of the world. That’s the price you pay for
The items on display are likely to keep changing; Steele is living with beautiful things.” Q
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BACK TO
SCHOOL
As Malala Yousafzai
begins her second
year at university, she
reflects on her life
at Oxford and why
every girl deserves
the same chance

W
ith my subfusc academic is probably true. But that is because life lectures and film screenings and
dress at the ready, pre- at Oxford is busy. became a tour guide to encourage
reading completed and I had long lists of books to read and younger students, especially those from
new walking boots many essays to write to keep up with under-represented groups, to apply to
waiting in my wardrobe, I started my my Philosophy, Politics and Economics Lady Margaret Hall. I made wonderful
first week at Oxford’s Lady Margaret course. Along with studies, you also new friends, and I had too many A few – well,
Hall in October of last year. University want to socialise – to hear speakers, go overscheduled days.
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life is a big change for any student and to balls, cheer at sporting events. The Last year, I would find myself many times
I was no exception. None of the food hardest part for me is managing my running between classes, study groups, – I started
in the dining hall could compare with time, as, on top of my studies and cricket matches and meetings with
my mum’s chicken and rice, and in the balancing work with Malala Fund, I extracurricular groups. I would go to a an essay at
beginning I missed my parents, and want to take advantage of everything friend’s room or they would come to 11pm the
sometimes even my little brothers, too. university has to offer. I joined the mine to chat after dinner; when I would
They often complain that I don’t miss cricket club, Oxford Union and the look at the clock again, it would be three
night before
them as much as they miss me – which Oxford Pakistan Society. I attended in the morning! A few – well, many > it was due
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times – I started an essay at 11pm the


night before it was due. I overwhelmed
myself with the possibilities of
university life. And I’m grateful for
that. I know how lucky I am to have
access to an incredible education,
lectures, art, sport and new perspectives.
At 11 years old, I woke up one
morning and could not go to school
because the Taliban had banned girls’ Actively seeking change: Malala
education in Swat, the region of Pakistan in Salvador to meet with her Brazilian
counterparts, above; and visiting a refugee
where I was born. I am so pleased that camp in Nigeria, above right, and right
I spoke out and for my years of
campaigning that have followed. Now
21, I am able to study at a prestigious
university – but I want to live in a world
where every girl is able to weigh her Left: the activist (third from left)
future career options in the way I hope in Pakistan earlier this year with her
to when I graduate. brother, mother and father. This was
Malala’s first visit home since she
Today, there are more than 130 was shot by the Taliban in 2012
million girls who are out of school
around the world. Many are forced to
marry as young as 11 or 12 years old,
so instead of learning, they are cooking, A few years ago, I met Zaynab Abdi, global economy if every girl went to
cleaning and raising children of their 21, from Yemen. She told me how she school. On average, girls who graduate
own. In many places, poverty forces fled wars in three countries before she from secondary school make twice as
girls to go to work so they can support was 17 years old. Today Zaynab is a much money as girls who are left out.
their families. Too often in wars and refugee, living in America and studying As technological advances change the
conflicts, girls must flee their homes international relations at a women’s nature of work and our global economy,
and their schools. They have no choice. college. She works three jobs to pay for young women without an education will
Most of them never go back to the her tuition, gets top marks, serves on fall even further behind. Digitalisation,
classroom. Some girls brave long walks, the student council and captains a automation, robotics and artificial
risking street harassment and sexual soccer team. She wants to become a intelligence are transforming the way
violence, just to get to their school. human-rights lawyer and return home we live, learn and earn. Without an
Some girls do not have access to to help her country. adequate start in life, millions of girls
working restrooms, and must choose Like me, Andrea and Zaynab are won’t have the skills they need to
between their dignity or education. excited to go back to school. They succeed in today’s labour market. They
Speaking in
Some girls have no schools at all. I have understand that education can change face a lifetime of low-paid low-status
Rio in 2014 visited refugee camps, war zones, favelas their life trajectory and make it easier work, poverty and insecurity. Their
and slums. The hardest thing is to see for the next generation of girls from untapped potential is a loss for all of us.
a girl nearly my age, with all the dreams their communities to do the same. It Whether you’re a feminist or an
and aspirations that I have, stuck in a should be obvious that 130 million out- economist – or just a person who wants
situation she didn’t create and unable of-school girls are not just a problem to live in a better world – you should
to choose her own future. for these young women individually but want to see all girls in school. Listen to
Everywhere you go today, you see for our whole world. When girls have the stories of girls such as Andrea and

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feminist T-shirts and hashtags – “The access to 12 years of education, primary Zaynab and share them with your
future is female”, “Girl power”, “Who and secondary, they reduce the risk friends and family. Speak out against
runs the world?” – but if we really of violent conflict, improve public injustice when you see it. Vote for leaders
believe this, we need to support girls health, slow the effects of climate who believe in equality and commit to
on the front lines of this fight. This change and grow economies. investing more in education.
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summer I travelled to Brazil to meet In July, the World Bank released I am going back to university this
with indigenous girls who face some research showing that we could add month. As I begin my second year, my
The hardest of the worst marginalisation and between $15 and $30 trillion to the plan is to find a better balance between
violence in their country because their college work and social life. I want to
thing is to families are poor, their skin is “too dark” prioritise the activities that interest me
see a girl and they’re female. One of the girls I the most and get a better idea of what I
met, Andrea Bak, is 17 years old. She want my life to look like post-graduation.
nearly my told me how excited she was to study I don’t know yet what career path I will
age unable chemistry in school this year. She wants choose – but I know I’ll keep advocating
to be a dentist, lift her family out of for girls and women. If one girl with an
to choose her poverty and provide affordable At the UN headquarters education can change the world, just
own future healthcare to her community.
in New York last year
imagine what 130 million can do. Q
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made, but can you please not wear it?” I spoke to


actresses, actors, their guests, crew members and
basically anyone who was nominated. It felt like
I was doorstepping the whole of Hollywood. There
was one particular actress of a certain generation
who, when I got in touch, emailed back straightaway
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have to wear black? It’s so dour,” she said to me

THE when I had summoned the courage to call. But I


managed to convince her – and everyone else – why
it was so important. On the night of the Baftas,

TIME’S I looked around and it had worked. Despite the


fact we were all in black, the people, the atmosphere
– it was all so positive and unifying.

NOW A year ago, I wouldn’t have had the courage to


lead the Bafta red-carpet movement. I would have
been too nervous of being seen as a pain in the bum.
A year on from the Weinstein scandal, But in the 12 months since the allegations of rape
actress Gemma Arterton reflects on what has and sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein
surfaced in the press – sending shockwaves through
changed for women – and what’s still to come the film industry and far beyond – much has
happened to give women the confidence to finally GETTY; THOMAS NICHOLSON/LNP; REBEL PARK PRODUCTIONS

speak out (and be pains in some people’s bums).

A
t the very beginning of this year, I agreed to host It was October when The New York Times published the
a previously unthinkable meeting in my London story and I remember it clearly – the volume and details of
flat for some 40 actresses and women of film. We the allegations (which Weinstein was quick to deny) were
were discussing which one of us would be able to so incredibly shocking. Meanwhile, all anyone could speak
convince everyone at the upcoming Baftas to wear black, in about was what we could do to change, to support, to prevent
solidarity with the Time’s Up movement that had recently further harassment in the industry. It was like a giant,
emerged in America. I’ll never forget looking across my living collective light had suddenly flicked on and everybody felt
room and seeing my sofa packed tight with famous women galvanised to do something.
I would normally only ever utter hello to at fancy dos. Then And change is certainly afoot. Time’s Up – the movement
Felicity Jones had the idea that I should lead it. Why not? against sexual harassment that was founded by Hollywood
I thought. The socialist in me had never been happier. actresses in the wake of the Weinstein story – has become a
I found it exhilarating doing something proactive: picking global phenomenon. The first meeting was held in America
up the phone and saying to women (even those I was nervous and attended by women from all sectors of the film industry
to speak to): “I know you’ve had that amazing red dress already – some of whom were dealing with abuse, some of whom
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VIEWPOINT
Left: actress Natalie
Portman, wearing a Time’s
Up T-shirt, at a parade
honouring Martin Luther
King Jr. Right: a Time’s Up
rally in London in January.
Below: Gemma Arterton
and Catherine Tate star in
Leading Lady Parts, a short
film written and directed
by Jessica Swale

Left: Emma Watson at the


Vanity Fair Oscar party in
March – a fake Time’s Up
tattoo on her arm. Below,
from top: Margot Robbie,
Angelina Jolie, Lupita
Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence
and Gemma Arterton at
this year’s Baftas

just needed to talk and get things off their chest. Subsequently, aren’t as many parts for us – whether that’s behind the camera
the Legal Defense Fund was established, which provides or in front of it. It’s meant that, in the past, we haven’t spoken
help to all women who have experienced sexual harassment out because our jobs felt on the line, we felt easily replaceable
at work. It was Emma Watson who saw that we needed and vulnerable. For us to all suddenly be together at a Time’s
Time’s Up in the UK, and she held the first meeting. Up meeting, drinking tea and setting the entertainment
It started small but has grown bigger and bigger, and industry to rights, has been, for me, a very powerful thing.
we still hold fortnightly meetings. Meanwhile, the At last we’ve been able to cut through the competitive
Me Too campaign has exploded. It began life as a culture that’s been forced upon us and say, “Look what
hashtag, used by women beyond the world of film, we can do when we are inclusive and work together.”
to share the ways their lives and careers had been For instance, at one meeting, my friend, the writer
affected by men abusing their positions of power, and director Jessica Swale, decided she wanted to do
but has now forced people everywhere to scrutinise something practical. She’s a wonderful wit, and so she
their own behaviour. wrote a satirical piece lambasting the casting process.
Soon, the more nuanced question of what I put to use the amazing address book I had
constitutes harassment became a talking point. In accumulated after calling everyone about the Baftas,
the papers, on television, on the radio… everywhere and just three weeks later, we had made Leading
you turned the subject was being debated. On film Lady Parts – a short film starring (among others)
sets, I have witnessed an instantaneous change in Gemma Chan, Felicity Jones, Wunmi Mosaku,
behaviour, as everyone has started asking themselves Florence Pugh, Emilia Clarke and Catherine
what’s acceptable at work. Tate. These women are no longer my rivals
From a young age, I’ve always known what makes – they’re friends, allies and collaborators. If there’s
me feel uncomfortable. When I was 15, a boy pinched one good thing to come out of the Weinstein
my bum at an under-18s disco and I turned around stor y, it ’s this new-found solidarity and
and decked him one (perhaps a little harsh on my part personability among women.
but, well, he should have asked). There have, however, And what of the men? A year on and Me
certainly been times in my professional life when Too is still in the press every day. But now
I’ve felt cajoled into doing something or wanted to we have to move on from blaming and focus
reject something but didn’t feel I could. Growing on unifying and working together. It has
up, I never in a million years thought I’d work in undoubtedly been a tricky time for men to
the film industry, and when it happened I was very navigate, and many have wanted to speak up for
young – and very grateful. the cause but decided against it, which was not For those
In any job, be it acting or nursing or engineering, only sensible but a powerful thing to do. It takes
if you’re young and desperate for work and you’ve a lot to listen and step back. For those lamenting
lamenting
got a student loan and it’s expensive to live, you’re the supposed death of flirting, some advice: the supposed
less likely to challenge someone if they treat you
in a way that’s not OK. In the entertainment
it’s still great to get a compliment – when it’s
respectfully given.
death of
industry, we’re used to talking out loud. It’s our Companies are beginning to listen and act. flirting,
job to be open: we use our emotions and our own Netflix, for example, now gives harassment some advice:
experience to tell stories. But not everyone can training to every single crew and cast member
do that. In a year’s time I hope every business has before they start a job. There’s a phone number it’s still great
structures in place to report harassment. It seems so simple, at the top of the day’s call sheet that you can to get a
writing that down, but it’s the changing of mindsets that’s ring at any time to raise a grievance and it will
the hard part. In the meantime, we need to find a way to be dealt with. It means you know that somebody’s compliment
give people the confidence to speak up and, if they see taking you seriously. And that’s a brilliant step – when it’s
something happening that isn’t right, to call it out. forward. If every working environment could
I believe a culture of competition had been created duplicate that, there would be enormous change.
respectfully
for women in the film industry. Why? Because there We’ve only just begun. Q given
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As the indefatigable Samuel Ross builds on the success of
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I got a new one, it felt like I was removing
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A-Cold-Wall, he’s tearing down other walls: those between system of stable school, stable job,” he
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Y
ou hardly have to be an new generation of designers, as keenly In the decade since he had “Heard by
insider to have noticed that, attuned to youth culture as storied God” writ on his chest, he has
over the past year, the techniques, are taking centre stage. “It’s determinedly carved out his own path.
fashion industry has evolved a complicated term but, to me, streetwear When he was only a few years old, his
with a profound ferocity, and a new feels like energy,” explains Samuel Ross, parents moved from Brixton to
spirit has swept through its hallowed the 27-year-old Brixton-born designer Northampton, resolving not to let their
halls. Streetwear, once a word used behind the astonishing success of son grow up among gang culture, but
Above: Samuel with derision, has become the mot du A-Cold-Wall. “It’s its own world, by 15 Ross was selling fake designer
Ross, founder jour: skate brand Supreme won a its own environment. It captures sub- clothes from their redbrick estate. “We
and designer of
A-Cold-Wall:
CFDA Award, Off-White’s Virgil cultures; everyone from kids in Brooklyn didn’t have any money but, from a young
“To me, streetwear Abloh was appointed menswear artistic screen-printing T-shirts to the kids in age, I had this hunger for consumerism,”
feels like energy” director at Louis Vuitton, and now a Peckham doing the same.” he says. “I remember being 13 and
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crying because I couldn’t have a poly-


nylon Nike bag.” Leaving school with
an obsession with branded product, he
went on to study graphic design and
illustration at De Montfort University.
He achieved a first-class degree and
ended up working as a graphic product
designer for industrial brands such as
Wilkinson and Beko kettles, “but I
wanted more”. Accordingly, he set up a
series of portfolio sites online and, after
sending dozens of emails to a nascent
Virgil Abloh, finally caught his
attention. “I remember sitting in my line, but product grew out of that people on a day-to-day basis and it really
swivel chair in Leicester when he narrative quite quickly.” can be the hand that pulls people
followed me back on Instagram,” he While it might not have been the through the glass mirror; it really can
grins. “I tried to tell everyone at the original aim, that product has made change things.”
lunch canteen about it, and they were major waves. Rooted in the style tribes Ross is testament to the fact. Having
just like, ‘Who? Get back to work!’” of the British working classes – neat found major investment from Tomorrow
What followed was a call from Abloh cross-body bags evolved from market- London Holdings to develop his

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Ross left Leicester and moved into his jackets from Matalan blueprints but international stockists now retailing the
auntie’s spare room in Croydon. He meticulously made; technical nylon line, and having already achieved a
found a job at a Shoreditch ad agency, tracksuits developed with high-tech turnover near unheard of for an emerging
worked nights remotely for Abloh and, finishes – A-Cold-Wall offers clothing brand (€8.4 million in 2018), he is proving
when Abloh and Kanye West went to embedded in a cultural conversation but a determined desire to write his own
Paris Fashion Week to launch Kanye’s elevated with fresh appeal. “Samuel, script. “He’s just a cool, super-sweet and “I went from
APC collaboration and stage the Off- since his time as my assistant to now, has very talented guy with a ‘no border’ vision,” being a kid
White showroom in 2014, Ross promptly been a part of this new breed of design,” explains Dover Street Market CEO
got on a train to find himself surrounded reflects Abloh. “[He has] affirmative Adrian Joffe, who has staged A-C-W* in Middle
by his idols. “It was completely insane,” intention and [is] precise in his execution installations in two of his global retailers. England to
he laughs. “I went from being a kid in in garments as well as ambience.” “We like him and we like his brand.”
Middle England to sitting on a sofa with For his spring/summer 2019 collection Having earned fans in everyone from sitting with
Kanye West, Virgil Abloh, Jerry Ross examined the sociological legacy Joffe to Karl Lagerfeld (who, according Kanye West,
Lorenzo – literally overnight.” of Brutalism, explaining that by living to Ross, gave a standing ovation
It was the relentless optimism, and within the concrete high-rises that following his LVMH Prize presentation),
Virgil Abloh
staunch perseverance, of his new peers proliferate across this country, “tension Ross has found himself legitimised by – overnight”
that propelled him into planning his and fear can become your framework”. the establishment while keeping a firm
own endeavour: “I learnt how to work, With artisanal techniques and gently grasp of his roots.
man. I learnt how to sacrifice. And, from slouching knitwear interspersed with “I feel liberated,” says Ross. “Now, I
Virgil, I learnt hope.” Before long, he technical fabrics and carefully considered feel just as at home when I’m on a
had put together plans for “an art project cargo pants,“I’m talking about stripping council estate talking to my people as I
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Stealing a
march I
t’s tempting to read Yoon Ahn, the co-founder of the
Tokyo-based streetwear brand Ambush, as the archetypal
rebel. Platinum-haired and Céline-clad, she has talked
in the past about being “an outsider” in the fashion
Already Tokyo’s arbiter of cool, industry. Korean-American, she lives in Japan, whose culture
self-styled nerd Yoon Ahn has now she has described as one that “likes to box you in”. She spent
“ambushed” Dior. By Ellie Pithers. her teenage years in Seattle, in the 1980s, when Nirvana were
stoking up grunge. Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and Rihanna
Photograph by Hiroshi Manaka wear her designs. So it’s a surprise to hear that she >
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Left: Yoon Ahn at the Love Magazine x Miu wanted to make jewellery that wasn’t just for men or just for
Miu party, 2015. Right: bejewelled logo women, it was unisex. And from the beginning we wanted
knuckledusters designed by Ahn for Dior
Men’s June show. Below: Ahn takes a bow to tell a story every season.” In 2012 they began releasing
with Kim Jones at the Dior Men s/s ’19 finale biannual collections in earnest, and stockists including Colette
and Dover Street Market came calling. In 2015, they added
clothing to the roster. A year later, they opened their first
store, in Tokyo’s Shibuya district.
Shibuya, a throbbing hive of activity, is where the couple
also lives. “It’s like living in Times Square,” says Ahn of their
apartment on the 16th floor of a high-rise. She recently put
most of their possessions into storage to create a hyper-
minimal environment. “It helps me to think and design better.”
Organised and intensely driven, she is at her studio by 8am,
often designing late into the night once her 15-strong team
has gone home. Verbal handles the administrative side of the
business. “It’s easy,” she says of working with her partner. “We
are pretty clear on what we’re good at and what we’re not.”
Dubbed the most famous couple in Japan by Jones, Yoon
and Verbal have been married for 12 years, but together for
22, having met at college in Boston. This period, according
to Ahn, was peak geek. “Verbal was really serious about school,
and I was, too. I went to college with a full scholarship so I
had to keep up the good grades.” When he dropped out of
Far left: a look from the autumn
Ambush collection at Tokyo Fashion his marketing degree to return to Tokyo, he persuaded her
Week. Left: Lenny Kravitz and Naomi to follow him. “I’m Sagittarius, so I kind of like to pick a
Campbell wear Ahn’s designs at the
Dior Men show. Below: Ahn with
journey. I said, ‘Why not? Let’s give it a try.’ And now I’m
her husband, the hip-hop artist stuck here!” Not for long, however: she travels every two
Verbal, in 2012 weeks, to Paris for Dior; to Boston, where she is working on
a project with Converse; and to Portland, where she is
designing a capsule collection for Nike, out in December.
characterises herself as a nerd. “The Asian kids can relate,” When in town she tries to find time to go dancing. The clubs
she laughs. “Nerds are not the most loud or standout-ish people are where she made her entrance on Tokyo’s peacocking
but there’s a lot you can learn from them. I love nerdy people.” fashion scene in the late 2000s, when the city was going
Fast-forward to June 2018 and a familiar “the geek shall through a period of regeneration. “This was prior to Instagram,
inherit the earth” storyline: Ahn is scooting down the Dior so you actually had to go to clubs to meet interesting people,”
catwalk, hand in hand with Kim Jones, the newly installed she says. “My style was much louder. In order to stand out,
creative director at the renamed Dior Men, having designed you needed to have a lot of colours. I had different-coloured
the rainbow-hued jewellery that sparkled in the spring/ hair every week. Red to purple to pink to blonde to black.
summer 2019 show. “I’ve known Kim for over a decade, we’ve My hair got a lot of abuse from me – but it grows back.”
been friends for years,” she says of the call-up. “When he Today, her style is a cocktail of statement pieces from
decided to do Dior, I was like, OK… that’s a place!” She Louis Vuitton and Dior mixed with streetwear of her own
presented her ideas to Jones in Paris, in April. Three months design. She likes to juxtapose “a tight section and a baggy
later, her jewellery – candy-hued crystal tennis bracelets, section – little feminine tops and boyish trousers”. Often,
stone-speckled logo rings – was lighting up social media in she persuades Verbal to purchase Comme des Garçons jackets
the wake of a well-received debut. “I definitely wanted to so that she can steal them – they share a lot of clothes. “But
approach Dior with huge respect but I felt it should have not his dock shoes. No way. Too old man,” she laughs.
“I definitely icons that continue regardless of the season – that was Expanding Ambush to incorporate clothes has deepened
wanted to missing,” she explains, speaking over the phone from Tokyo. her appreciation of fit and cut, as well as her powers of
The chunky Cuban link necklace with CD closure, for persuasion. “I didn’t even know one factory when we started
approach instance, fulfils that brief: “It’s stable – something that people making clothes – I had to go to the countryside and beg the
Dior with will wear regardless of whether it’s spring or fall.” owners,” she says. Ninety per cent of the line is manufactured
Stable is a neat word to describe Ahn’s designs for Ambush, in Japan. “I want to put good energy into the products I
huge respect” the brand she co-founded with her husband, the Korean- make. I want the factories to know what they’re making –
Japanese hip-hop artist Young-Kee Yu, known as Verbal, in I share with them when we get featured in a magazine, when
2008. Chunky, solid, relatable – frequently in a tongue-in- celebrities wear it. I want them to know what they’ve made
cheek way – her most popular designs include a giant padlock is travelling round the world.”
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necklace, a bronze baseball cap and a safety-pin bracelet. A That said, her current obsession is AI. “I’m revisiting sci-fi
graphic designer by training, Ahn insists she never planned movies,” she says, “reading up on robots and humanoids.”
to launch a jewellery line, though you sense there’s a savviness Recently, she went to a show by her friend Keiichiro Shibuya,
beneath the blithe spirit: when the neon “POW!” rings she whose Scary Beauty opera employed an android to conduct
designed for Verbal’s stage appearances (she also replaced his a human orchestra. “He was working with scientists to make
baggy rapper pants with slick Raf Simons iterations) were AI to sing and compose like a human orchestra would. He’d
worn by Kanye West, then Pharrell, she saw an opportunity. play the piano and androids would sing along, but they hadn’t
“I didn’t want to be a one-hit wonder,” she laughs. “But Verbal been pre-programmed. They were reacting. It was crazy.”
and I didn’t come from fashion backgrounds. Everything was She pauses to think. “It’s scary but it’s good to think about.
baby steps and it was all organic: from the beginning we It’s going to happen, no matter what.” Q
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GLOWING GONE?
In the quest for luminous skin,
are you taking the right approach?
JASON LLOYD-EVANS

Put down the highlighter – powder


is making a surprising comeback,
Gigi Hadid for Fendi
autumn/winter 2018 explains Funmi Fetto
BEAUTY

BURBERRY

W
e were mid-conversation says, “The trend represents a desire for
at a recent dinner when a simpler, polished aesthetic. That full-
Terr y Barber, Mac coverage, contoured Instagram make-up
Cosmetics’ director of look was bound to spark a rebuff.”
make-up artistry, dropped a bombshell. The idea of reintroducing powder into
“The glow is dead,” he said casually. the beauty conversation will raise some
“What do you mean?” I asked, shocked. eyebrows. The long-time connotations
Consider the context: “The Glow”, that of ageing, drying formulas meant they
super-highlighted glass skin, the modern lost their appeal and relevance. Now
paragon of beauty. It has spawned there is a coterie of new-generation
legions of new brands, trillions of clicks, powders that are infinitely more adroit
column inches, masterclasses, YouTube than their predecessors with innovative
videos – how can it be over? “The way ingredients, formulations and finishes.

BALMAIN
highlighter is used now is just not fresh,” These beautifully-milled newbies blur,
Barber sighed, “it looks dated. But, hydrate and mattify while still enabling
powder is back.” “The Glow”. Make-up artist Mary
The surreptitious longing for the Greenwell enthuses, “Powders have got
demise of extreme highlighting has been better – the technology is extraordinary
doing the rounds in the beauty industry and they give skin lasting, natural
for a while, but nothing has offered a luminosity.” Or, in Charlotte Tilbury’s
replacement strategy. Influential Barber words, the effect is like “Liv Tyler in The
is the first to openly call out “highlighter Lord of the Rings, with a permanent fairy
shame”, but Linda Cantello, Giorgio light on your skin giving you a magical,
Armani international make-up artist, also ethereal filter”.
welcomes this mood change. Lest Post-dinner, I quizzed Barber on
confusion set in, the message is not “anti- the secret to the perfect matt look. “It’s
From top: Giorgio glow”. “I think the term has been hijacked all about precise powdering – down the
Armani Neo Nude Fusion to the point that looking like the Tin middle of the forehead, between brows,
Powder in No 1, £48.
Laura Mercier Loose Man in The Wizard of Oz has become the sides of the nose – it’s very French.”
Setting Powder Glow in ubiquitous,” explains Cantello. “Glow is I agreed that I’d never really seen French
PRABAL GURUNG

Translucent Medium
not about metallic shine; it’s about girls sporting the highlighted glow.
JAMES COCHRANE

Deep, £29. Mac Cosmetics


Iridescent Powder/Loose radiant skin. Now, with new technology- “Oh God, no,” replied Barber, mortified.
in Silver Dusk, £22.50. driven powders, you can be matt and “Their glow comes from a facial
Charlotte Tilbury
Charlotte’s Genius Magic luminous.” Make-up artist Alex Babsky, plus powder. It’s very classy. For me,
Powder in Medium, £33 also a paid-up powder-party member, that’s the most modern way.” Q
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Your skin. Your story.

My “Desert Island”
must-have. I literally
could not live
without it
(not happily anyway).
Rebecca Perchard, Essex
DIRECTOR’S CUT

A clear future
Breakouts are bad news, adult acne worse still.
Jessica Diner learns how to clean up her act

A
dult acne. Where to begin? keeps adrenaline high and knocks out
Such a widespread and, quite the circadian rhythm. When this
frankly, traumatic topic. My happens you get oily skin,” she explains.
skin was fairly well behaved So how to treat it? First, the regime:
up until recently, but now, mid-thirties “Essential oils, fragrance, chemical
and post-pregnancy, I find myself sunscreens – they all break you out,” says
navigating the complicated complexion Masterson. “You need a low-PH
Right, from top: Dr network – and it’s not ideal. Being a cleanser, good vitamin C, physical
Dennis Gross Alpha beauty director, you’re judged at face sunblock, moisturiser, a pure, skin-
Beta Universal
Daily Peel, £16.50, value, your skin a calling card for your identical oil, like Marula, and a chemical
at Space NK. profession. Ridiculous, yes, and a self- exfoliant. It works.” Which is probably
Shiseido Treatment imposed insecurity, perhaps, but it why her non-toxic, “clean clinical” brand
Softener, £47.
Votary Clarifying doesn’t do wonders for the confidence. is one of Sephora’s bestselling skincare
Facial Oil, £65. There is solidarity among acne ranges (it just launched in the UK).
Medik8 C-Tetra
Lipid Vitamin C
sufferers, however. When I meet Tiffany Then the treatments: super facialist
MARIO SORRENTI/ART PARTNER; LUCKY IF SHARP

Antioxidant Serum, Masterson, founder of Drunk Elephant Debbie Thomas (dthomas.com) is


£35. Elemis Peptide4 skincare, I find an ally: “I had too many pragmatic, “Acne is not curable, but you
Thousand Flower
Mask, £37. Drunk bad experiences as a teenager. I remember can manage it so it’s less aggressive, less
Elephant Lala Retro panicking, trying toners, scrubs and frequent and so the skin heals quicker.”
Whipped Cream, stripping lotions.” Ditto. But it’s an adult Her approach is bespoke and methodical.
£60, at Space NK
and Cult Beauty. phenomenon, too. “I do consultations It’s tactical and tech-y. She uses a
Origins Super all day and I’m seeing adult acne cases combination of peels, lasers, lights and
Spot Remover
Blemish Treatment
more and more,” says Noella Gabriel, microneedling to clear skin at the surface
Gel, £15.50. co-founder of Elemis skincare. “It’s and encourage collagen production from
Kate Somerville overtaken sensitivity as the number-one within. It’s intense, but not aggravating,
ExfoliKate Intensive
Exfoliating concern.” No prizes for guessing why: brightening and clearing. Again, it
Treatment, £72 stress and modern-day living. “Stress works. In fact, it’s totally spot on. Q
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BEAUTY

WASTE
NOT…
What does sustainability
look like in the beauty
industry now? Kathleen
Baird-Murray reports
on the problem of excess
packaging and a recycling
crisis. Photograph by
Jenny van Sommers

M
y day starts with a lot of
jumping up and down in
the kitchen. Flattening
piles of glossy white card-
board boxes until they’re thin enough
to wedge into the bulging recycling bin
is an occupational hazard if you’re a
beauty writer. Lotions and potions are
delicious to receive, but when they arrive
at my home to be tried and tested –
delivered in excess packaging – they
might be chocka with suds, sunscreens
and silicones, all of which are potentially
toxic to the environment.
At this point I’ll make a coffee, listen
to the radio and every so often hear
some one such as environmental
strategist Professor Johan Rockström,
joint director of the Potsdam Institute
SET DESIGN: GEMMA TICKLE. DIGITIAL ARTWORK: HEMPSTEAD MAY

for Climate Impact Research, talking


about why the planet must become more
sustainable. We’re at crisis point, he explains, and starting to explains Meysselle. “Rubbish from gigantic landfills filters
see the cracks in the strength of the earth’s system. The irony through into these rivers and flows into the sea. There are
of what I’ve just opened does not escape me. tons of ocean plastic, and it’s a very long process to sort it,
“Seventy per cent of the waste from the beauty industry is with the resulting bottle costing around 15 times more than
from packaging,” says Arnaud Meysselle, CEO of Ren Clean
Skincare. On the phone from Las Vegas (“Have you been to
virgin plastic. We were told that 10 per cent ocean plastic “Seventy per
was the maximum we could incorporate, and we’ve made it
this city? It’s a sustainability disaster!”), he tells me about Ren’s 20 per cent because we wanted to make a statement.” cent of the
new initiative, a first in the beauty world: a bottle made from Meysselle speaks with urgency; with a goal of zero waste waste from
100 per cent recycled plastic – 20 per cent of which has come by 2021, he has a lot to do. The Ocean Plastic bottle was
directly from the ocean, scooped up in collections organised by conceived a year ago after a conversation with the Surfrider the beauty
TerraCycle, which partners with individuals, brands and retailers Foundation, an ocean-conservation group affiliated with UK industry
to gather and sort waste previously thought to be unrecyclable. charity Surfers Against Sewage. Meysselle took part in a
“There are 10 rivers in the world responsible for 90 per 90-minute beach clean-up in LA. “We collected 85kg of is from
cent of the plastic in our oceans – eight in Asia, two in Africa,” rubbish on a beach that was supposedly ‘clean’. When you > packaging”
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that’s environmentally unfriendly, with certain
ingredients not effectively removed from waste-
water treatment plants, which means they go into
the sea and pollute.” She cites sunscreen, surfactants
(sudding agents in shampoo and face wash), synthetic
fragrances and silicones (used in everything from
hair serums to moisturisers) among the worst culprits.
“It takes 450 years
for plastic on the beach
As consumers, a simple choice we can make is
to disappear,” says to buy natural – not for the reasons you might think.
Ren CEO Arnaud Meysselle “If you squirt natural ingredients on to soil, they’ll
break down more quickly than synthetic ones,” says
see coffee cups, straws, and understand it Qureshi, “but the real benefit is that their biological
takes 450 years for plastic on the beach growth period prior to extraction helped the
to disappear, it brings tears to your eyes. environment by absorbing carbon dioxide.”
Then the day after, the tide is back… and the plastic is back.” When I ask her to go through my bathroom essentials (from
The new bottle is grey and, admittedly, not the most a stash already edited to rule out anything tested on animals)
luxurious-looking, but Meysselle says, “It’s the future. Grey to tell me what’s good from a planet perspective, it’s illuminating.
is the new green.” There is certainly lots of grey in sustainability. My Rahua shampoo and conditioner come out top: the energy
There are so many contradictions that it’s hard to decipher output to create them is partly offset by the positive carbon
what’s “greenwashing” – banging on about how great you are impact of growing the plants themselves. Sadly, my beloved
at saving dolphins/rare tribes, all the while submitting your Philip Kingsley Elasticizer has ethylhexyl dimethyl PABA and
products for animal testing in China/shipping bottles across amodimethicone, which can contribute to aquatic toxicity and
the world/paying below-living-standard wages – and what’s affect the ecosystem’s balance. My Radical Age Defying
genuine. Even with the best intentions, it’s hard to get it Exfoliating Pads are a mixed bag, with carbon-neutral plant-
right. For example, while Ren’s bottle is 100 per cent recycled, derived ingredients (hurrah!) contrasting with denatured alcohol,
it’s first to admit the pump isn’t: “But we’re working on it!” which is harmful to marine life (boo!). My Hourglass foundation,
Yet it’s an incredible time to be talking about sustainability. Laura Mercier lip pencil, Vita Liberata Sheer Tint, Institut
Thanks to David Attenborough’s The Blue Planet and the work Esthederm No Sun sunscreen and BeautyPie JapanFusion
of pioneering beauty brands such as Aveda, The Body Shop, Cleanser all have ingredients that can cause aqua toxicity. But
L’Occitane, Dr Hauschka, Burt’s Bees and Lush (the latter, with some research we can make intelligent switches that don’t
partnering with the Ocean Legacy Foundation, aims to use 27 compromise on quality: Sister & Co’s Deep Cleanse Ultimate
tons of marine debris for product packaging), the wealth of Detoxifying Soap Bar with activated charcoal; oils by L’Officine
innovation and creativity makes this the most exciting “problem Universelle Buly; biodegradable cleansing wipes by RMS “Glass is
plus solution” the beauty industry has embraced. New technology Beauty; or serums by new naturals brand Wildsmith Skin. heavier to ship
means that fragrance house Firmenich is inventing biodegradable Sustainability has been a buzzword for decades, yet is still
synthetic fragrance molecules that won’t pollute water, while in its infancy, evolving just as we are. As Camilla Marcus- than plastic,
another, Givaudan, is working with landowners to swap harmful Dew, founder of the Soap Co, a luxury liquid-soap company uses up sand,
palm oil for profitable oud plantations. Plastics can be made that gives 80 per cent of its jobs in the UK to blind people
from sugar cane; you can donate to wildlife conservation via and those with other disabilities, puts it: “We think it’s not has more
brands such as Chantecaille or help female flower harvesters enough just to sustain. From an environmental perspective, of a carbon
in Morocco with fragrance house Sana Jardin. Beauty giants you can’t just not negatively impact the world, you have to
LVMH, Estée Lauder, Unilever and L’Oréal have published add a positive.” Wouldn’t it be great to leave this planet better
footprint in
their policies on waste reduction, respecting biodiversity, than when we came into it? We can but try. Q its shipping…”
reducing water consumption and other sustainability goals.
There’s even a new range of skin, hair and body care by
Unilever called Love Beauty and Planet – its first new beauty
brand launch in more than 20 years – which focuses purely
on sustainability and is 100 per cent vegan. Clockwise from far left:
Beauty-brand entrepreneur Marcia Kilgore is championing Soaper Duper Nourishing
the use of recycled plastic and protecting the purity of water Body Wash, £6.50.
Dr Hauschka Rose Day
with the charity WaterAid, via her liquid-soap brand Soaper Cream, £30.50. Aveda
Duper, which launched in 2016. She believes it’s important Shampure Shampoo,
£14.50. L’Officine
to try to set the right intentions, even if it takes a while to Universelle Buly Scented
fulfil them. “I’d rather buy from a brand that uses 50 per cent Soap Sheets, £15, at
virgin plastic than one that uses 100 per cent,” she says. Selfridges.co.uk. Lush
Glow Stick Highlighter
“Better to be solving any part of the problem than not at all. in Goldfinch, £12. Sister
We’ve all got to contribute to the solution.” Trying not to & Co Activated Charcoal
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use plastic at all isn’t always viable. “Glass, for instance,” she Soap Bar, £13, at
Feelunique.com. Ren
explains, “is heavier to ship than plastic, uses up the world’s Atlantic Kelp and
sand, has more of a carbon footprint in its shipping – but Magnesium Anti-Fatigue
Body Wash Ocean Plastic
you’ll still have people insisting that all plastics must go.” Edition, £22, at Space NK.
Packaging is far from the only bugbear. Nausheen Qureshi, Wildsmith Skin Active
founder of Elequra skincare, who also works behind the scenes Repair Copper Peptide
Serum, £130. Burt’s
as a chemist and formulator for several boutique skincare Bees Cucumber Mint
brands, explains: “There’s a whole world beyond packaging Lip Balm, £4

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Revelation, £17.50.
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Matte Lip Color in
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THE BRAIN GYM


When James Vogl, a former hedge fund
manager, made some healthy financial
CARDIO FOR YOUR FACE
With more than 40 muscles in your face,
it makes sense that it, too, needs a
NEW-AGE
gains in 2016 – the day Trump was
elected – he decided to use the
unexpected rewards to do something
workout. This is the thinking behind
The Face Gym, where the facials use
hi-tech tools to lift, tone, firm and sculpt
GYMS
different. His dream was to create a gym skin, resulting in a healthy glow. Workouts have taken on a whole new
where no actual physical activity happens Instantly impactful, it makes a case for dimension: from brain training to facial
– the vision was the Cerebral Gym, a weekly workouts for your face. Try the
place that would offer a range of activities latest Clean and Lift facial (£75), which cardio, it’s time to widen the scope of your
and environments to exercise the mind. uses 4D laser technology to tighten and exercise, says Lauren Murdoch-Smith
With a permanent Cerebral Gym target polluted skin. Facegym.com
launching soon in London (and New
York in the near future) a pop-up is now THE SLEEP SCHOOL THE GUT WORKOUT
in progress with plenty of brain-boosting If you find it hard to fall asleep, wake Gut health has a direct link to your
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to the games room to play backgammon,
chess or Monopoly. Members are also
doctors help retrain your brain to sleep
better, naturally. The school looks at what
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plan identifies issues that are having a
personal
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and sign up for 10-week courses on finds out your triggers and symptoms by Once these are known, the programme to curate
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Time to get LIIT

T
hanks to the lower risk of injury, LIIT (Low
Intensity Interval Training) is taking over from
HIIT. But while the exercises might be slower,
they still deliver results. Pulse at London’s Third
Space uses ballet-inspired techniques for leaner muscles.
While Dalton Wong, founder of Twenty Two Training, has
created a Mini-Band home workout (£48) to burn fat and
improve tone. Thirdspace.london; Twentytwotraining.com

From left:
Maximum
Moisture Micellar
Cleansing Gel,
£5. Sleep Spa
Every Night
Eye Mask,
£4. Pollution
Solution
Dual Texture
Exfoliating
Pads, £5. All
Alex Steinherr
x Primark

BEAUTY
MUSINGS
LIIT takes over
from HIIT, plus affordable SKINCARE FOR ALL
luxe skincare. Lauren She’s the ex-beauty director of Glamour,
so Alex Steinherr certainly knows her stuff.
Murdoch-Smith brings you Now she has teamed up with Primark (and
its limitless research and ingredient
this month’s news resources) to create skincare at democratic
prices, with 20 products that are fragrance-
free and Leaping Bunny-approved.
It’s a London

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Steinherr realised there was a need for
thing… MASCARA skincare that was luxurious, but still
MOMENT reasonable for the younger consumer and
skintellectual. “Why shouldn’t good
Her, Burberry’s new fragrance, is It’s official: the choice of skincare be for all? I’ve worked to bring
inspired by the bold spirit of a mascaras has never been so the best technology at affordable prices.”
Londoner, and who better to be its abundant. From 3D wands Her standouts? Plump + Glow Power mask
face than Cara Delevingne? Created to super-lengthening and (£3) and the Sleep Spa Every Night Eye
by Francis Kurkdjian, it’s a floral ultra-thickening formulas, Mask (£4). The Alex Steinherr x Primark
here are our prettiest picks. collection is available from October 8
blended scent with a musky amber
base. Burberry Her eau de parfum, £49
de Chanel Mascara, £28
L’Oréal ara, £11

Chanel Le Volume

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contributing beauty
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of her most inspiring Volume
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King Publishing, £35)
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Leather jacket, £6,970.
Toile blouse, £1,280.
Leather trousers,
£6,330. Necklace,
£1,215. Cuffs, £1,415
each. Bangles, £610
each. All Chanel
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HALF THE THRILL OF FASHION’S “MADELEINE MOMENTS” IS IN EMBRACING A NOVEL PERSONA.
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COMPANY, AUTUMN’S HEADLINE ROLES ALL CALL FOR UNABASHED DECADENCE. DRESS UP, UP, UP,
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From pavements to
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J
uly 4 2018 was a somewhat surreal day for Francesca that couldn’t be more at odds with the floor-sweeping azure
Summers. The 19-year-old model had ticked off several cape and gown she had worn in Paris. “When you walk out
to-dos on her professional bucket list – a Prada onto a Valentino catwalk you hear gasps,” she says, wide-eyed.
campaign, a Vogue cover – but her latest assignment, “I spent the whole thing trying not to cry.”
Antiques roadshow:
a Ronald van der Kemp opening the Valentino couture show, was up there. “Up” being Fran is in demand. Catwalk appearances for Chanel and
vintage lace dress is a the operative word: Summers’s challenge was to slink round Givenchy have been followed by campaigns for Chloé and
museum piece that the opulent rooms of Paris’s Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild Versace, and an appearance on Vogue’s May cover as part of
deserves the spotlight.
Above: off-white wearing a five-wig-strong, Marie Antoinette by way of Maria a portfolio of fresh model faces ushering in a new era of
re-embroidered lace Callas, bouffant – “and make it look weightless”. diversity. Vogue’s Kate Phelan, who styled her for a shoot at
gown with fringed
organza sleeves, to order,
“It felt like someone had attached a huge bean bag to my home in Yorkshire for the magazine’s September issue, says:
RVDK Ronald van der head,” recalls Summers, on a sweltering August day in “She has the natural walk-in-the-room beauty that stops
Kemp, at Browns. London. She’s wearing a Prada bucket hat, a Louis Vuitton people dead, but also an ability to interpret fashion that’s
Platinum and diamond
earrings, price on T-shirt, faded denim shorts and Naked Wolfe platform highly unique. She’s one of those girls who will be defined
request, Cartier trainers that further elevate her twiglet frame – a goofy look alongside other famous British models.”
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Clare Waight Keller, who cast her in the final, Audrey should be a model that the next day she insisted on taking
Hepburn-inspired look of her autumn 2018 Givenchy couture her to Storm. “I thought it would be a laugh,” recalls Fran. John Galliano’s
show, agrees. “There is something about Fran that feels very “Then we walked in and they handed me a contract.” deconstructive
refined and elegant, while remaining fresh and relatable. Her talent for making people laugh may be her most Margiela wizardry
exemplifies
I felt that casting a confident woman with timeless allure precious asset. In an increasingly clamorous industry of models “nomadic glamour”.
and natural attitude would bring that iconic dress into 2018.” with causes and catchphrases, Fran approaches fashion with Above: canvas cape
Summers, like all good supermodels, has a creation myth a healthy dose of humour. Her Instagram account, with chiffon overlay,
pillow and bolster.
to dazzle the agnostic. Born in Richmond, North Yorkshire, @fransfeasts, is a visual diary of the meals and dodgy backstage Plumed trench coat
the daughter of Keith and Sandra, who own a carpet and catering she consumes in remarkably large quantities, headpiece. Platform
shoes. All to order,
flooring business – “‘Carpets direct, floors for living,’” she accompanied by esoteric captions. (“Truffle pizza, this is the Maison Margiela
sings, giggling – it’s hard to believe she was a shy child. She boujiest I’ve ever felt in my whole life 10000/10” reads one.) Artisanal by John
got her break at 15, when she came to London to visit her If she tires of modelling, she plans to open a café serving Galliano. Platinum
and diamond
older sister and ended up in the Mac Cosmetics store in falafel wraps (her favourite food) and frozen yoghurt. “I’ll earrings, price
Westfield. The in-store make-up artist was so convinced she call it Fran-afels. Trademark.” Q on request, Cartier

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Park and ride: icy
pink Valentino is always
a crowd-pleaser, but
nothing commands
the top deck like miles
and miles of feather-
trimmed organza.
Pale-rose dress
embroidered with
feathers, to order,
Valentino Haute Couture.
Diamond and tanzanite
earrings, £13,100.
White-and-pink-
diamond ring, price on
request. Both Tiffany
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Accessorise a smooth bob with
a ribbon tied in a polite bow.
Keep hair in place by prepping
with Kérastase Forme Fatale
Voluptuous Blow-dry Gel,
£21.40, then style with heat.
Opposite: white bow blouse
outlined with Swarovski
crystals, to order, Viktor & Rolf
Haute Couture. Platinum and
diamond earrings and ring,
price on request, Cartier.
Real-time traffic update?
Only swathes of Givenchy’s
georgette and silk-organza
will break the gridlock.
This page: asymmetric dress
with sun-pleats. Georgette
and silk-organza hood. Both
to order, Givenchy Haute
Couture. Diamond earrings,
price on request, Cartier
Change your stripes:
according to Sonia
Rykiel, embroidery
and feathers are
now the ultimate
match for denim.
Silk wedding dress
with veil and stole.
Denim trousers. All
to order, Sonia Rykiel
Couture. Jewelled
satin shoes, £1,200,
Roger Vivier. Multi-
coloured diamond
necklaces, price on
request, Cartier
Thick, defined eyelashes
complement couture perfectly.
Apply Mac Cosmetics Bold &
Bad Lash Mascara, £20, to top
and bottom lashes, combing
through to exaggerate definition.
Above: corset dress embroidered
with lace and matching parasol,
to order, Dolce & Gabbana Alta
Moda. Diamond and sapphire
earrings, price on request, Cartier.
There’s nothing pedestrian about
Fendi’s sherbet-pink dress, cast
from yards of lace and thousands
upon thousands of beads.
Opposite: dress embellished
with feathers and floral
appliqué, to order, Fendi Haute
Couture. Shoes, as before.
White-gold and diamond
earrings, price on request,
Chanel Fine Jewellery.
White-gold and diamond
ring, price on request, Bulgari
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Trip adviser: twilight in
Times Square demands
five-star dreaminess,
courtesy of Dior.
Pink pleated tulle dress
with silk belt, to order,
Dior Haute Couture.
Diamond, sapphire,
garnet, emerald and
turquoise earrings.
Multicoloured diamond
and pink-sapphire
bracelet. Both price on
request, Dior Joaillerie.
For stockists, all pages,
see Vogue Information.
Hair: Christiaan.
Make-up: Dick Page.
Nails: Rieko Okusa.
Production: VLM
Productions. Post-
production: StereoHorse.
Model: Fran Summers
FROM LEFT: ELIZABETH
WEARS LACE DRESS,
£7,830, RALPH LAUREN
COLLECTION. SHOES,
£370, STUART WEITZMAN.
NECKLACE, PRICE ON
REQUEST, TIFFANY. VIOLA
WEARS TUXEDO JACKET,
£5,450. DINNER SHIRT,
£1,400. TROUSERS, £1,800.
ALL GIORGIO ARMANI.
SHOES, £595, MANOLO
BLAHNIK. EARRINGS,
PRICE ON REQUEST,
CARTIER. CYNTHIA WEARS
DUCHESSE-SATIN DRESS,
£6,895, MICHAEL KORS
COLLECTION. SHOES,
£750, ROGER VIVIER.
DIAMOND EARRINGS AND
NECKLACE, PRICE ON
REQUEST, TIFFANY. OTHER
JEWELLERY, CYNTHIA’S
OWN. MICHELLE WEARS
DRESS, £1,550, GIORGIO
ARMANI. SHOES, £495,
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN.
NECKLACE, PRICE ON
REQUEST, TIFFANY.
HAIR: BOB RECINE.
MAKE-UP: FULVIA FAROLFI.
NAILS: JULIE KANDALEC.
DIGITAL ARTWORK:
SALLY TAYLOR
TAKING CARE
OF BUSINESS When director
Steve McQueen
decided to follow up
the groundbreaking
12 Years a Slave with
a remake of a 1980s
television crime drama,
sparks were always
going to fly. Giles
Hattersley meets the
women of Widows.
Photographs by Arthur
Elgort. Styling by
Patrick Mackie
Action: left,
from top, Viola
Davis as Veronica;
Widows director
Steve McQueen
talks the actress
and her on-screen
husband, Liam
Neeson, through
a scene; and
Michelle Rodriguez
as Linda

season’s most extravagantly plotted, politically labyrinthine,


imaginatively violent, Scorsese-sprinkled thrill ride – the four
leads of which happen to be women. Though “happen” is not
the word. That they are women is the foundation on which
McQueen has built his arthouse-meets-blockbuster moment,
reinventing what a mainstream “action” film can look like
– and what it can achieve emotionally.
Which isn’t to say Widows doesn’t come with a fabulous
old-school hook, courtesy of Lynda La Plante and her adored
1980s television hit of the same name. The titillating
proposition is that when a robbery goes south for four sinister
career criminals, their wives and girlfriends must band together
to finish the job. The action has been relocated from grimy
Thatcher-era London to an equally foreboding present-day
Chicago. And as for the cast… Oh my! Viola Davis (cinema’s
current queen of the close-up, whose ability to flit between
contrary emotions in a single shot places her in a pantheon
of actors that includes Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis)
leads proceedings as Veronica, wife of criminal-in-chief Liam
Neeson, in a role in which sex, grief and knowing your way
around an assault rifle collide head on. She is sublime.
Naturally, the 53-year-old principal arrives today in chameleon
mode, looking almost confusingly youthful with her hair
wrapped up in a scarf. “Excuse me,” she says bobbing up and
down as she shakes my hand, “I’ve got a bag of wigs under my
arm.” Action star Michelle Rodriguez, 40, who, thanks to Avatar
and The Fast and the Furious franchise, ranks among Hollywood’s
highest-grossing actors, makes a beeline for her. “Hey V!”
she cries, before moving on to a 10-second hug with Cynthia
Erivo – the 31-year-old Brit who won a Tony for The Color
Purple and is making her move to the big screen. Quieter
than the others is Elizabeth Debicki, 28, the young Australian
actress best known for playing Hugh Laurie’s lover in
television spy hit The Night Manager. “I’m a lazy ex-ballerina,”

I
t is an electric-blue-skied morning in Manhattan when she whispers to me after Elgort asks her to dance about the
the cast of Widows (surely this year’s most anticipated studio for his camera. “I haven’t taken a class in four years.”
cinematic thriller) assemble in a white, sun-flooded “During casting I only thought about who was best to play
photographic studio high up in a skyscraper overlooking each individual character,” says McQueen. “There was this
the city. It is a scene straight out of a 1980s media fantasy: energy when you combined these four, though. The story is
racks of sumptuous monochrome fashion line the walls and about women coming together in a hard situation, and whatever
an indecently populated army of assistants buzz about like their differences – be they ‘racial’ or sociological – they have to
gorgeous worker bees, while Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” work that out and become a team.” Mission accomplished. As
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plays. “Perfect,” cries Arthur Elgort, the 78-year-old veteran they assemble today, they look like a female supergroup about
photographer, as the four stars, in various stages of Hollywood to break into a rousing ballad on the theme of anti-uniformity.
dominance and ascent, line up for his camera against a Standing at more than 6ft 5in in her heels, Debicki seems from
backdrop straight out of The Vanity Fair Diaries. another planet to her co-stars who, in age and energy, scarcely
Yet something else is afoot. Despite the intoxicating resemble one another, either. “I love the concept of a group of
throwback glamour, there are several fresh and pleasing women,” says Davis, whose conversational tone gambols between
elements about today’s shoot for Vogue. Firstly, we are here sweet and self-effacing and thundering gravity. “Too often we
to celebrate Steve McQueen’s follow-up to 12 Years A Slave, are told to see each other as the enemy, like crabs in the barrel.
OPPOSITE: VIOLA the British auteur’s 2013 Oscar-sweeping opus that was hailed But not this time.”
WEARS SILK DRESS, as a modern masterpiece and credited with tilting the axis Safe to say, Widows is not Ocean’s 8. With a script by
£1,850, GIORGIO
ARMANI. FEATHER of black representation in cinema this decade. How on earth McQueen and thriller-scribe-du-jour Gillian Flynn (Gone
HAT, £4,620, ERIC do you follow that? “Carefully,” the Turner Prize-winning Girl), it was forged in the Hollywood system, so is heart-
JAVITS. DIAMOND
EARRINGS, PRICE ON artist turned Tinseltown player tells me. And yet his next racing and sexy, yet so much more is at play. They filmed in
REQUEST, BULGARI move is anything but. Widows, his fourth feature, is the awards Chicago last year, joined by Neeson (“my big ol’ lips on >
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his li’l thin Irish lips,” laughs Davis) and Colin Farrell. The to what Debicki – who plays Alice, a fascinatingly layered
latter is on creepily excellent form as a politician of Irish update on the gangster’s moll trope – describes as “that point
ARTHUR ELGORT; 20TH CENTURY FOX/MERRICK MORTON

descent whose family, led by Robert Duvall’s rage-filled where you understand the choices being made”.
ABOVE: ELIZABETH
patriarch, rule the local district. He enters the fray when In fact, McQueen takes his leads to a point of reinvention
WEARS SATIN-CREPE the millions go missing, while Daniel Kaluuya haunts rarely seen at the multiplex. Rodriguez, high priestess of the
JUMPSUIT, £1,060, proceedings as the single most terrifying screen heavy since blockbuster, kept turning down the role of Linda, an
MAX MARA. SHOES,
£525, STUART Joe Pesci in Casino. impoverished and abandoned mother of two, because she
WEITZMAN. CUFF, The most exciting element, however, is why four nominally refuses to play weak women. “That’s the epitome of
£235,00. RINGS: ON
LEFT LITTLE FINGER, sane women, with jobs, children and lives, plot a robbery. everything I despise,” says the star, who is both deeply
£31,000. ON MIDDLE “Wholly driven by desperation and grief,” Davis says, instantly. charismatic and wildly intense. “The horror of having your
FINGER, £32,100.
ALL CARTIER. ON Erivo, whose extraordinary physique, born of a ruthless gym security and your life just ripped out from under you, I hate
LEFT INDEX FINGER, schedule, made her the ideal fit for Belle, the runner/driver it. It’s the thing about poverty – coming from nothing, as I
£8,400. ON RIGHT
LITTLE FINGER, PRICE of the team, agrees. “It’s not trying to be a fad movie about have – I’ve always been repulsed by it.” Yet McQueen, who
ON REQUEST. ON women who happen to do a heist,” she says. “It isn’t flowery, had to “literally beg” her to accept the part, spotted a
RIGHT INDEX FINGER,
PRICE ON REQUEST. it isn’t polite.” Domestic violence, prostitution, chilling familial previously untapped range. “And I’m like, ‘Michelle, you
ALL TIFFANY relations and motherly love all conspire to take the women need to look at this. Why does it make you so uncomfortable?’”
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“I LOVE THE CONCEPT
OF A GROUP OF
WOMEN,” SAYS VIOLA
DAVIS. “TOO OFTEN
WE ARE TOLD TO
SEE EACH OTHERAS
THE ENEMY, LIKE
CRABS IN THE BARREL.
BUT NOT THIS TIME”

The answer? “My mother was that woman,” she says, shaking go wigless on screen; Debicki made her peace with 5in heels Above, from top:
her head. The performance is devastating. and micro-skirted Hervé Leger bandage dresses; Michelle cried Steve McQueen
on set with, from
On set, all of the women were dealing with personal and cradled her on-screen children; and Cynthia embraced left, Rodriguez,
demons. Again, Davis breaks it down: “Every once in a while her strength. “He’s an alchemical marriage between man and Elizabeth Debicki,
who plays Alice,
a role helps you address the thing about yourself you always woman in one man,” Rodriguez raves of her director. Or, as and Davis; Cynthia
felt uncomfortable with,” she says. “Elizabeth being tall and Davis has it, with a pitch-perfect eyebrow raise: “Steve is very Erivo as Belle; Jacki
awkward growing up and always feeling like that was not a picky.” According to Debicki, “he’s the soul terminator”. There Weaver, left, in a
scene with Debicki;
plus; Michelle feeling that femininity thing that she’s always is much industry talk that Widows might be the Australian preparing to film
rejected, but then there’s a part of her that’s so deeply actress’s “Lupita moment” (McQueen directed a then unknown a church scene
vulnerable; and Cynthia, you know, just feeling…” she pauses. Lupita Nyong’o to a Best Supporting Actress Oscar), but she
“Because we’re two black girls, you know, we feel a lot of bats away the rumours. Any of the women could bag one. “I
things. Always labelled strong and almost ultra-masculine mean, we could not be more varied in who we are,” says Debicki.
and not pretty. It’s all of those things that we have to make “Where we come from, how we look, how we sound, our senses
peace with – we have to slay, like a dragon.” of humour. Then you put us together with Steve as the
Pre-filming, after a long debate on the phone, during which conductor,” she says, smiling, “and it’s a beautiful thing.” Q
McQueen hung up on her a couple of times, Davis agreed to Widows is released in cinemas on November 16
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ARTHUR ELGORT
OPPOSITE: CYNTHIA
WEARS LEATHER JACKET,
TO ORDER. LEATHER SKIRT,
£13,130. MARY-JANES, £665.
BERET, £535. EARRINGS,
£395. ALL CHANEL.
THIS PAGE: MICHELLE
WEARS DINNER SHIRT,
£1,400, GIORGIO ARMANI.
KNICKERS, £160, ERES.
NECKLACE AND RING, PRICE
ON REQUEST, TIFFANY.
FOR STOCKISTS, ALL PAGES,
SEE VOGUE INFORMATION
The
glamorous
life
This season’s take on after-
dark dressing is big on style.
From upsize – and upscale –
proportions to saturated
silks, ’80s logos and liquid
gold… there are no half
measures. A word of advice:
be unapologetic in your
approach. Photographs
by Alasdair McLellan.
Styling by Venetia Scott

EVENING GLOVES ARE


BACK – ADORN YOURS
WITH SPARKLING JEWELS
FOR MAXIMUM DRAMA. COCKTAIL SHAKER BY ASPREY. TROLLEY BY ATKIN AND THYME
VELVET DRESS WITH BOW
DETAIL, £3,550. FELT HAT
WITH FEATHER, £705.
BOTH GUCCI. GLOVES,
FROM A SELECTION, SAKS
POTTS. DIAMOND AND
AQUAMARINE EARRINGS.
DIAMOND EAR CUFF. BOTH
PRICE ON REQUEST, MING
JEWELLERY. HEART-SHAPED
DIAMOND BRACELET.
YELLOW-DIAMOND
CUFF. BOTH PRICE ON
REQUEST, MOUSSAIEFF.
HAIR: ANTHONY TURNER.
MAKE-UP: HIROMI UEDA.
NAILS: ADAM SLEE. SET
DESIGN: SUZANNE BEIRNE.
SET BUILD: LOUIS GIBSON.
PRODUCTION: LAURA
HOLMES PRODUCTION.
DIGITAL ARTWORK:
OUTPUT. MODEL: VITTORIA
CERETTI. WITH THANKS
TO SPRING STUDIOS
FLOWERS BY LISA BRITTON FOR FLORA STARKEY
EXAGGERATED TAFFETA
SLEEVES ADD WHIMSICAL
CHARM TO A VELVET
PLAYSUIT. LOOK TO
BIENEN-DAVIS’S SWAROVSKI-
SCATTERED HANDBAGS FOR
THE PERFECT ADD-ON.
OPPOSITE: PLAYSUIT, £670,
PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO
SERAFINI. LEATHER BELT,
SOLD WITH DETACHABLE
PURSE, £510, TOD’S. BAG,
FROM £2,350, BIENEN-DAVIS.
GOLD AND DIAMOND
WATCH, £27,200, CHANEL
FINE JEWELLERY.
DIAMOND RING, £22,000,
JESSICA MCCORMACK.
MARC JACOBS’S ROOMY
PETROL BLUE TROUSERS
BOAST GENEROUS POCKETS
TO BOOT. BIG TIME
PRACTICALITY.
THIS PAGE: WOOL COAT,
£750. SILK BLOUSE, £685.
LEATHER TROUSERS,
£1,315. BELT AND SHOES,
FROM A SELECTION.
ALL MARC JACOBS. LEATHER
GLOVES, £115, MAX MARA.
GOLD EARRINGS, PRICE
ON REQUEST, GRIMA.
LUGGAGE CASES,
FROM A SELECTION,
LOUIS VUITTON

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TURN BEING A CAT LADY
INTO A FULL FASHION
STATEMENT, AND PROUDLY
PROCLAIM YOUR AFFINITY
FOR FELINES WITH MARNI’S
PURRING COAT.
OPPOSITE: TWILL COAT,
£2,500. SHEER POLONECK,
£690. BOTH MARNI. CLUTCH,
£1,305, ALESSANDRA RICH.
PEARL AND DIAMOND
EARRINGS, £8,000. PEARL
AND DIAMOND RING, £5,100.
BOTH CHANEL FINE
JEWELLERY. MORGANITE
AND DIAMOND RING, PRICE
ON REQUEST, GRIMA.
YOUR CRYSTAL EARRING
MEMO: GO BIG OR GO HOME.
THIS PAGE: WOOL-CREPE
DRESS WITH RUFFLES,
FROM £2,500, GIVENCHY.
LEATHER BOOTS, £574,
VIVETTA, AT FARFETCH.
COM. EARRINGS, £205,
ALESSANDRA RICH,
AT NET-A-PORTER.COM.
DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE
RING, ON MODEL’S MIDDLE
FINGER, PRICE ON
REQUEST, NIQUESA.
DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE
RING, ON MODEL’S RING
FINGER, PRICE ON
REQUEST, JESSICA
MCCORMACK
NOTHING SIGNIFIES
LUXURY QUITE LIKE
A PUCCI COAT – SO
PILLOWY SOFT, YOU’LL
WANT TO WEAR IT TO BED.
QUILTED COAT, £2,865.
EYE MASK, £115. BOTH
EMILIO PUCCI. AQUAMARINE
AND DIAMOND EARRINGS,
PRICE ON REQUEST,
MING JEWELLERY
ABANDON COLOUR-
WHEEL RATIONALE:
CLASHING LILAC LEATHER
AGAINST MINT CHIFFON
IS A PRIME EXAMPLE
OF BOLDLY EMBRACED
GOOD TASTE/BAD TASTE.
THIS PAGE: JACKET, £2,605.
TWEED SKIRT, £760.
CHIFFON SCARF, £145.
MOHAIR SCARF, £210.
PATENT-LEATHER SHOES,
£550. SOCKS, £145. BAG,
£1,330. ALL MIU MIU.
EMERALD AND AMETHYST
EARRINGS, £18,000,
NIQUESA. AMETHYST RING,
PRICE ON REQUEST, GRIMA.
ROSE-GOLD AND DIAMOND
RING, £1,340, MESSIKA BY
GIGI HADID. YELLOW-GOLD
AND DIAMOND RINGS,
FROM £2,250 EACH,
ARA VARTANIAN.
WEAR YOUR BRAND ON
YOUR SLEEVE (AND
EVERYWHERE ELSE) FOR
A NOSTALGIC REVIVAL
OF 1980S PROSPERITY.
OPPOSITE: TRACK JACKET,
£445. TRACK PANTS, £375.
BOTH ESCADA. POLONECK
BODY, £510, ALAIA, AT
NET-A-PORTER.COM.
LEATHER BOOTS, £725,
EMANUEL UNGARO
BY MALONE SOULIERS.
GOLD EARRINGS, PRICE ON
REQUEST, MING JEWELLERY.
DIAMOND RING, £22,000,
JESSICA MCCORMACK.
GOLD CUFF, £13,100,
PIPPA SMALL

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MINI ADVENTURE: SAINT
LAURENT’S INKY BLACK
EXEMPLAR INSISTS YOU
BREAK CURFEW.
OPPOSITE: WOOL BUSTIER
DRESS, £2,855. EARRINGS,
£520. ENAMEL AND CRYSTAL
BRACELET, £1,040. ALL
SAINT LAURENT BY
ANTHONY VACCARELLO.
DIAMOND SABRE RING,
£12,000, SHAUN LEANE.
STACKING RINGS, £5,990,
FOR SET, ANNOUSHKA.
ADD A HINT OF
VIBRANT EYESHADOW
TO COMPLEMENT A
GLAMOROUS, METALLIC
EVENING DRESS. APPLY
YSL’S COUTURE MONO
EYESHADOW IN CAFTAN,
£25, FOR A DASH OF
VIOLET POWDER.
THIS PAGE: EVENING GOWN,
£4,500, RALPH & RUSSO.
CLUTCH, FROM £2,148,
BIENEN-DAVIS, AT
MATCHESFASHION.COM.
GOLD AND DIAMOND
EARRINGS. YELLOW-
SAPPHIRE AND
DIAMOND RING.
GOLD AND DIAMOND RING.
GOLD AND SAPPHIRE RING.
ALL PRICE ON REQUEST,
GRIMA. GOLD CUFF, £30,600,
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS.
FOR STOCKISTS, ALL PAGES,
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CLOSE
KNIT THE HOUSE OF
MISSONI IS
RENOWNED FOR
TWO THINGS: ITS
COLOURFUL ZIGZAG
KNITWEAR AND ITS
TIGHTLY WOVEN
MATRIARCHY.
ANDERS CHRISTIAN
MADSEN MEETS
THE CHARISMATIC
CLAN AT HOME.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY
DANILO SCARPATI.
STYLING BY
GIANLUCA LONGO
Meet the Missonis: from
left, Angela with her
daughters, Margherita
and Teresa, and mother
Rosita. Hair, make-up
and nails: Rosanna
De Marco, Elena Pivetta,
Eri Umetsu, Marta
Vetere, Cristina Zanatta

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here at the weekends, with Rosita, 86, at the head of the
alfresco table, sipping wine and lunching on a wealth of Italian
delicacies cooked to Angela’s precise instructions by the family
chef. This year, the gatherings are more relaxed than ever. “I
made it,” says Angela, 59, creative director of the brand her
parents founded, with a sigh of relief. In June, she sold a
minority stake to private equity firm FSI in a €70 million
deal. “I was proud as a daughter because my mum could see
that this company has a future,” she says. “I made everybody
agree on this project and now the third generation can look
to the future in a positive way. We hope that in five years we
can go public.” In this garden scenario, where women’s voices
easily overpower male ones, the mother-daughter dynamic
that makes the Missoni world go round is palpable. “Everyone
thinks we’re all girls in the family but actually there are more
boys. They’re just more discreet,” says Teresa, 30. Angela’s
youngest daughter, she gave birth to a boy, Zeno, in 2017.
“My grandfather always said to whoever was pregnant,
‘Let’s hope it’s a girl,’” her sister Margherita – herself the
mother of two young boys, Augusto and Otto – recalls. “In
a certain way, I am a bad example,” Rosita quips. The original
brains behind the business, she founded the company as a
sportswear label with her late husband, former Olympic
athlete Ottavio Missoni, known as Tai, in 1953, with four
sewing machines. It is now a £130 million fashion empire,
and under the direction of Angela, who took over 20 years

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n hour on the autostrada out of Milan and into ago and brought in Margherita in 2010, first to oversee
the Lombardian countryside, through a tiny accessories and then licensing and childrenswear – though
village, across a quiet field and past a humble she is no longer officially involved with the business. Does
chapel lies Angela Missoni’s modernist villa. it mean something different to be a woman and a mother in
Stepping inside its cool stone-clad spaces, filled with colourful
glassware, artworks and textiles, trilling Italian consonants
and passionate laughs can be heard coming from the garden.
Beyond the terrazza with views that stretch into the hills
overlooking Lake Varese, the Missoni family is assembled
on the sprawling lawn, wearing house knitwear and looking
like multicoloured berries strewn across a very green cake.
In a fashion dynasty that truly lives the way it dresses,
Missoni garden parties are legendary. “Laid-back, comfortable,
beautiful but easy-going
clothes. It says a lot about
the lifestyle,” Margherita
Missoni, 35, reflects, cosied
up on a cushion-scattered
rattan sofa. Angela’s eldest
daughter, she married in the
garden in 2012, following
a ceremony officiated in
the little chapel leading up
to the property’s gates and
only minutes away from Margherita and her younger brother, Francesco,
her grandmother Rosita’s with his English bulldog (top left). Angela’s villa
is “filled with colourful glassware, artworks
residence, where garden and textiles”, including these pots made
parties became a tradition from vintage glass lampshades (left), and
personalised Stefano Giovannoni Rabbit
in the 1960s. Chairs, covered in a special coating by
Today, four generations artist Alessandro Roveda (above)
of Missonis come together
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HERE,
WOMEN’S
VOICES EASILY
OVERPOWER
MALE ONES,
THE MOTHER-
DAUGHTER
the Missoni family than it does to be a man? Margherita DYNAMIC
laughs heartily for quite a while. “Yes, it does indeed. It’s
definitely a matriarchy.” Are the expectations greater for the
THAT MAKES
girls? “Maybe,” she reflects. “If you’re a girl you’re more THE MISSONI
reasonable, you’re able to understand; it’s a given. They don’t WORLD GO
question the fact that we’ll be able to do something.” ROUND IS
In the distance, Margherita’s brother, 33-year-old
Francesco (he authored The Missoni Family Cookbook, PALPABLE
published earlier this year, and
works for a Milan-based start-up
called Notomia), is negotiating
with his English bulldog, Johnny,
while his cousins, the three adult
sons of Angela’s late brother
Vittorio, are lounging round
rustic garden tables, reading
books and occasionally climbing
trees (in full Missoni, mind you).
“My father grew up with a
mother who would never wake
him, not to disturb him. Even
to go to school. She was telling
my mum, ‘Don’t wake them up.
They’re going to get nervous,’”
Angela recounts, asked about the
nonchalant free spirit that runs
in this family’s genes. “Since we
were kids we were free to do
anything we wanted,” Giacomo,
30, son of Vittorio, says.
Giacomo and his brother
Ottavio Jr, 32, are both in the
family business, while their
brother Marco, 28, is currently
working for Australian label
Deus Ex Machina, with plans to join Missoni in the future. Top: Teresa with her son, Zeno.
“My grandfather used to say, ‘You can do whatever you want. Above, from left: Marco, Francesco
You just have to be happy.’ This is our way of thinking,” and Ottavio Jr with Rosita, Teresa
and Angela. Right, from top:
Marco explains. “He was also lazy,” Giacomo laughs. How Angela’s nephews Ottavio Jr,
did he create all of this, then? “It’s Rosita! Rosita was the Marco and Giacomo
business lady,” he asserts. “She made him express his best
ways,” Ottavio adds. All terribly handsome, you don’t get
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the idea that these boys – so politely bohemian – spent their talented and passionate about
late teens picking up girls in Lamborghinis the way the sons fashion. Having a partner, the new
of other Italian fashion dynasties might have. “Maybe on generation will come in if they’re
motorbikes,” jokes Ottavio, a fervent biker. “They’ve been needed and have the talent,” Angela
brought up to follow their passions, whether it’s motorbiking, says. “ We have a world-known
cooking, snorkelling and scuba-diving, flying… but they’re reputation, which is so surprising
all grounded, it’s true,” Angela says of the next generation. considering the way we live. The
“Yes, I did renovate this beautiful house five years ago, but name is much bigger than the
they always had a normal life. We don’t need…” she pauses. business,” Rosita admits. “We need
Stuff? “Come on…” Angela laughs, gesturing at the enormous to expand. We need to build more
property. “This is a big luxury, of course. But we all know boutiques.” Angela recalls how, the morning after the
that. They all have common sense.” FSI deal was announced in June, Rosita telephoned her.
With new funding and a bid for international expansion, “She said, ‘I was thinking, do you remember 20 years ago,
what is the plan for the younger Missonis? “We’ll see Hermès only had one shop in Paris?’” laughs Angela.
over the next years. I have two daughters, who are both “I said, yes, Mum, I remember!” Q
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Stella Tennant by Juergen Teller,
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from left: Rosemary Ferguson by
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Tennant in John Galliano for
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styled by Edward Enninful, on the
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clockwise from left: Ferguson at
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Ferguson – still in Vogue in 2002;
Moss at Calvin Klein s/s ’97
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A
MODEL
CAREER They were the impossibly cool
British girls who, in the ’90s, changed
the face of fashion. Two decades
later they’re shaking up a new realm:
business. By Harriet Quick

P
laying the food equivalent of
Desert Island Discs, Rosemary
Ferguson nominates eight
essentials. “Nutri UltraClear
powder – great for shakes – Pukka tea,
oats, a carrot and an apple, brown-
rice spaghetti, a buckwheat loaf, and
almond or cashew butter,” says the
43-year-old thoughtfully, sipping
green tea in Soho’s Quo Vadis.
The former catwalk star, who came
into the fashion spotlight 25 years ago
as one of a generation of fun-loving
super-waifs, is now a proud nutrition
nerd. She started retraining as a >
brand. Lorraine Pascale, meanwhile, is
a cookery maestro, author and television
presenter both here and in America.
Of course, the wisdom you accumulate
when you go from a twentysomething
to a fortysomething inspired the women
to diversify. As does the bald fact that
modelling has traditionally been a
career with a sell-by date. “I’ve probably
experienced most scenarios in the
industry, so can definitely pass on advice
about what needs to be done and what
doesn’t,” says Moss, 44, from her offices
in Soho. She set up the Kate Moss
Agency two years ago, representing a
tight roster of young models (including
Elfie Reigate, Ferguson’s 18-year-old
daughter – bonds run deep for some of
the London Girls – and Louis Baines),
as well as looking out for fashion
opportunities for the likes of Gwendoline
Christie and Rita Ora. “We encourage
the talent to be true to themselves, and
always involve them in the decisions;
it’s their career and so they should have
a voice,” she says, in full exec mode.
These days, Moss divides her time
Top row, from left: Hume on naturopath and nutritionist almost 10 between homes in north London and
the cover of November 1994’s
W magazine; Tennant and Moss years ago, qualified seven years ago and the Cotswolds, as she raises her teenage
in Vogue (in 1997 and 1996, practises from a clinic in Harley Street. daughter, Lila, and attends to her own
respectively). Second row, from
Her patients go to her seeking still-stellar modelling career. But rewind

MILES ALDRIDGE; CRAIG MCDEAN; JUERGEN TELLER; TOM MUNRO; ARTHUR ELGORT; MIRRORPIX; GETTY IMAGES; DAFYDD JONES
left: Tennant at Gucci a/w ’97;
Pascale walks at Karl Lagerfeld advice, and wisely so. When it comes 20 years, and early mornings did not
ready-to-wear in 1993; Nicolas to reinvention, Ferguson – who was involve the school run. Ferguson laughs
Ghesquière and Tennant at
Balenciaga in 2003; Moss and part of the loose-knit group of ’90s as she recalls the life of the London Girls
Tennant cover Vogue (August models known as the London Girls – in New York, hopping from the studio
1994 and December 1997, has become a master of the art. In fact, to a premiere to an after-party, followed
respectively). Left: Lagerfeld
and Tennant at Chanel couture, they all have. Kate Moss, Stella Tennant, by late-night margaritas in a West
July 1996. Below: Ferguson Lorraine Pascale, Kirsty Hume… Village bar and bacon butties with her
with photographer David Sims
in New York, 1995
examine the career of almost any era- fellow Brits at dawn. “It was all a laugh
defining British beauty of the 1990s and in the beginning,” said Moss in 1997.
her path will lead to career recalibration “I started modelling because there was
and entrepreneurship. Back then, the nothing else to do in Croydon. I really
women were known for their diverse liked working with the photographers
and individualistic take on glamour and – we would do a shoot, go on to a
a DIY sense of creativity. Two decades nightclub and take the night bus home.”
on, the same attributes still flourish in They were collectively interested in
different ways. Although all of them expressing “ordinariness”, and the pose
continue to model to varying degrees, went hand in hand with Martin
it seems that in one’s forties, smart Margiela’s outsize tailoring and Helmut
business-minded personal fulfilment Lang’s vest dresses. “‘I think Rosemary
has become the name of the game. looks much better when she screws up
Moss – ever the icon – now runs Kate her face, blinks and there’s mascara
Moss Agency (KMA), her eponymous coming down her face!’ That’s what
model and talent agency, while Tennant Corinne would say to clients,” recalls
seized upon her love of the outdoors Ferguson about the iconic photographer
and teamed up with lifelong friend Corinne Day. “She was so single-
“IT WAS A FANTASTIC TIME. Isabella Cawdor to become co-creative minded.” Day had discovered her in
WE ALL GREW UP TOGETHER. director of the adventure-wear brand McDonald’s on Oxford Street, and
THE SHOOTS WERE OFTEN Holland & Holland (owned by Chanel). had initially mistaken her for a boy.
Hume relocated to rural California, “I’m athletic with no boobs,” says
REALLY SPONTANEOUS” where she is in the throes of establishing Ferguson. Today, the mother of three
KATE MOSS her aromatherapy-inspired beauty – who is married to artist Jake Chapman
and lives in Oxfordshire – still relies on
a wardrobe of jeans, vests and her trusted
flip-flops, although tuxedos have
replaced dressy frocks.
For Lorraine Pascale, 45, the move
from i-D cover girl to culinary star is
complete. Having just returned from
filming Baking Championship, the
American reality TV show, she says,
“People do recognise me and ask, ‘Why
are you so mean about the cakes!’ I’m
like the Simon Cowell character on the
panel.” She then beams before adding,
“I’m now on a serious sugar detox.”
Motherhood (she was married at
22 and had her daughter, Ella, at 23)
slowed her modelling career, as jetting
off on location was no longer an option.
Enrolling at Leiths School of Food
and Wine in 2005 proved the turning
point. “I always used to worry about
what people thought,” she says of her
career switch. “But as you get older, you
realise people talk about you far less than
you think. You have to do you.” Pascale,
who was adopted and raised in foster
homes, is committed to helping >
IRVING PENN; CORINNE DAY/TRUNK ARCHIVE

Kate Moss and Lorraine


Pascale photographed by
Corinne Day for The Face,
February 1991. Above:
Kirsty Hume shot by
Irving Penn for American
Vogue, April 1997

000
AND NOW...

those who have experienced similar


adversity. She runs a series of interviews
on the subject on her website. “Sharing
stories is how we learn,” she says.
From being the silent stars of fashion
shoots and runway shows, the London
Girls have found second-career
fulfilment in roles that require invention, has to be good for the earth. There’s so
leadership and business acumen. Moss much stuff out there and so much waste,
thinks it was coming of age in the 1990s I don’t want to be another person
that really helped. “It was a fantastic flogging a product to make a buck. It
time to start in the industry,” she says. needs to be as ethical as possible. I’ve
“We all grew up together. The shoots simplified over the years, and life is
were often really spontaneous and a lot slower,” she says, dreamily. Her style has
From top: Moss in less corporate than today. We were really shifted, too. “Having worn so many
New York earlier this
year; Pascale in Ibiza
left to our own devices. That’s what clothes that were not designed for
this summer; Hume in I am still inspired by today, being part comfort, I like to be able to throw on
Los Angeles in 2014 of a team creating amazing images,” something easy. It translates as hippy-ish
she says. That and the importance dresses, which just work with the terrain
of self-reliance. “I was keen to take of Topanga. There are Awaveawake
responsibility for my own career and plant-dyed dresses in my closet, Doen
represent a diverse group of talent with and Ulla Johnson, and, of course,
a small ‘hands-on’ agency.” vintage,” says Hume.
For Kirsty Hume, a tall, ethereal Others have stayed closer to home.
Right: Ferguson blonde who grew up in Scotland, the Tennant, the rangy aristocratic beauty
in London in past few years have been about returning with her cropped hair and pierced nose,
January. Below: to what was important to her pre- became an ambassador for Chanel in
Tennant for
Giorgio Armani fashion. The 42-year-old rekindled her 1996. Now 47, she has employed her
s/s 2016 passion for nature after having her deep knowledge of fashion and what’s
daughter, Violet, 14 years ago, and now needed for the great outdoor pursuits
lives in Topanga Canyon outside Los (deep shooting pockets, storm collars
Angeles. “There was an extended tribe and walking shoes) into Holland &
of models – Shalom Harlow, Amber Holland. “Everything should have a
Valletta, Carolyn Murphy, Stella function,” she says. She frequents the
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Tennant – we all grew up together,” says manufacturers, mills and artisans on the
Hume from the house she is currently borders of her homeland of Scotland
restoring with her husband. Once to learn about tweed and knitwear
a favourite of Donatella Versace and know-how, bringing her instinctive
Tom Ford, who shot with Steven Meisel, style to a company that was founded in
she adds: “I’m not an urbanite. I need 1835. Tennant says her mission is to
to be in nature to be whole and happy.” make “lifelong” pieces for the wardrobe.
She studied aromatherapy at the Gaia Beautiful and useful are her watchwords.
School of Healing and has educated You could say the same of the London
herself in the science of sustainability Girls reinventing themselves with
Opposite: to work on establishing her beauty and pluck, brains and tenacity in an industry
Ferguson, in a
photograph taken wellness business, with products such that usually demands a lightning
by Juergen Teller, as Triple Goddess Bitters and Essence turnover of faces. Their lesson? Pursue
backstage in of the Moon body oil. “Anything I create what makes you happy. Q
Paris at Helmut
Lang s/s ’94
JUERGEN TELLER
I
t’s a sticky late-summer afternoon, and grime artist Michael Omari – known to
most as Stormzy – has just spotted American rapper Eve across the room of the
Notting Hill members’ club in which we’re having lunch. “Is that..?” he begins,
before answering his own question. His face breaks into a grin as he turns his
attention back to the tricky business of folding his audaciously long legs under a
dining table nestled just a bit too close to his seat.
Three years ago it would have been highly unlikely that Stormzy would be casually
approached by a Grammy Award-winning star in a restaurant, and even less likely that
she would have recognised him (although, at 6ft 5in, he’s certainly hard to miss). But
when Eve clocks him, she gets up and walks over to congratulate him on “the Cambridge
thing. We’re all clapping for you,” she says, warmly, before making her exit.
“The Cambridge thing”, if you’re not already aware, is the scholarship Stormzy
announced in August, which will cover the tuition fees for two black undergraduates
attending Cambridge University. It’s just the latest facet to an astronomically successful
18 months for the 25-year-old from South Norwood, which have included his debut
album, Gang Signs & Prayer, breaking first-week album-streaming records and a
move into publishing with the launch of his own Penguin imprint, #Merky Books
(his first book, Rise Up, is out on November 1). Yes, he’s most famous for being the
exceptionally tall Londoner who blasted grime into the mainstream, but his ambition
– and influence – extend well beyond music.
On appearance alone, he’s impressive – though he screws up his face at the idea.
“Firstly, I’m not a model,” he says. Part of his charm rests in his blend of good looks
and absolute nonchalance about them. His deep-brown skin glows with the radiance
you’d expect from a 10-step blend of toners, essences and at least one hefty acid, while
his relationship with 24-year-old Radio 1 presenter and woman of the moment Maya
Jama is the physical manifestation of #couplegoals. For the generation coming of age
now, theirs is the most aspirational of all partnerships. Meanwhile, his fan base is fizzing
with anticipation for his follow-up album to Gang Signs (there is no release date as
yet). Safe to say, Stormzy’s got more than enough to pat himself on the back about.
But he isn’t one to brag. In person, he’s a tad reticent about our lunch today, sitting
back and calmly explaining: “When interviews go into print, a lot of times people
will paraphrase me, or they’ll pick the most corny thing I’ve said and blow it up.” He
chuckles drily while laying out how, “I can talk about some positive things that I’m
doing, and they’ll make it sound like I’m trying to run for mayor or something.”
Mostly, though, he starts off wary because “interviews and photoshoots and editorials
and that” distract from his work as a musician. Soon, once he’s settled in, it becomes
clear that as much as he can enjoy being the centre of attention, the press cycle can
feel like a distraction. Ambition, not a thirst for exposure, propels him from one goal
to the next. It’s the same drive that rests behind his ascent from underground MC
to crossover sensation (via half a billion global streams, more than 250 million YouTube
views and three top-10, platinum singles) to a global Brit, BET, GQ and Mobo
award-winning star; all while staying true to the kid from Croydon.
He talks in an almost constant flow, words streaming out of him at such a pace
that his double cheeseburger and chips go cold (though he makes quick work of
some crispy squid). We’re chatting about how he made his mark as an independent
artist, self-releasing his Brit Award-winning, platinum album on his #Merky Records
HE’S GONE PLATINUM, label. Its name derives from a slang term – loose translation: “disgustingly good” –
that Stormzy belted out on breakthrough 2015 hit Know Me From. It’s since become
LAUNCHED A UNIVERSITY his personal slogan, like a stamp pressed onto everything from his businesses to his
SCHOLARSHIP Instagram captions to the Penguin imprint. Look closely and you’ll even see it on
AND HAS HIS OWN the zip pull of his personalised, grey Adidas tracksuit.
PUBLISHING IMPRINT. “Last year, my ambition for 2018 was that Merky needs to be this engine that’s
moving,” he says, pushing his hands forward like a car in motion. “It needs to be this
GRIME SUPERSTAR incredible, moving engine that’s putting on events, that’s linking up with brands, really
STORMZY IS THE making its mark on the world.” Starting off without a major label just made sense
VOICE OF NOW, FINDS for a young black artist in his position, he says. “My whole thing is, ‘What’s the most
TSHEPO MOKOENA. progressive, intelligent thing to do?’ I feel like in our generation, we did the whole
DIY, ‘getting your friend to be your manager’ thing out of necessity. We didn’t do that
PHOTOGRAPHS for cool points.” It paid off: in January he announced a deal between #Merky Records
BY JACK DAVISON. and Atlantic Records, a subsidiary of one of the three remaining major label conglomerates.
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Stormzy picks up his smartphone,
motioning opening angry DM after
DM. “The whole backlash – ‘You’re
racist; what about white people?’ – was
so strange,” he begins, his words slowing.
“It almost felt like an episode of Black
Mirror. It was very bizarre.” He pauses,
one of few moments of quiet as he
steamrolls through his thoughts. “It was
pretty upsetting as well. We’ve been
working on this for a year and a half, all
excited. All this build-up and then –
what?! I wasn’t expecting that. In the
first message I saw, this guy was like:
‘You stupid c**t, you racist.’”
Almost any move he makes triggers
a reaction. Headlines pick over the banal
moments – briefly unfollowing his girl-
friend on Instagram; tweeting about
Love Island – just as they do seismic ones:
Stormzy sharing a photo of his front door
bashed in by police, who thought he was
robbing his own Chelsea flat, or tweeting
his disgust at a magazine that used his
image for a cover story on his struggles
with depression, without his knowledge.
As his public profile has grown, he hasn’t
filtered his behaviour. “I never said I’m
a role model; people picked me for that.
I’ve always said I’m a flawed human. I
use the C-word way too often, I can be
a bit ignorant sometimes. I park on
memory of an interview in which a journalist wanted to focus double yellows” – he smiles now – “and I don’t give a f**k.”
on how he’d been stabbed. “I was on the roads,” he says of At the same time, he comes across as warm, open and
street life. “Many things happen. I did this, I did that, I got generous, and clearly someone who wants to use his influence
stabbed a couple of times. But that’s a blip in my story.” in places beyond the studio or stage. That presents a duality:
Here’s the long and short of it: he performed well in school, he’s “honoured to be a voice in my community” on one hand
earning six A*s at GCSE, and was earmarked by teachers as and “just turned 25 and am human” on the other. Referencing
a skilled linguist. But, feeling uninspired, he literally walked the “Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?” line he
away from his studies in the middle of an AS-Level exam rapped during his emotional Brit Awards 2018 performance,
and ended up on an apprentice course, then as project manager he’s “proud to do it and I almost know it’s my duty, as a young
at an oil refinery. “I was like, ‘Cool, if we’re gonna talk about black man coming where I come from. I want to be that person,
“You got stabbed?” I also f**king smashed my GCSEs – wanna but I think that’s where a lot of my mental-health problems
talk about that? Or let’s talk about that time when I flipping come from: the flipside of knowing all of that and having the
got one of the top apprenticeships in the country.’ They don’t strength and courage [to take a political stand].”
“YOU’VE want to go into the detail of that. But why? That’s boring, Celebrity inspires waves of both “extreme love and extreme
GOTTA that’s boring,” he repeats the word four more times, his hands hate”, which Stormzy likens to an energy no one was designed
waving with each syllable. “That’s not the story.” to cope with. To keep his head straight, he compartmentalises.
LIVE FOR After Stormzy announced his Cambridge scholarship, people “Before, I was Michael who spat and made music. So, all this
SOMETHING flooded his Instagram with hundreds of messages, outraged other Stormzy stuff isn’t me. But with the music, Michael
WAY BIGGER that the financial support he is offering is only available to and Stormzy have got something in common: me and Michael
black students. Cambridge has itself said it can’t figure out still love music. There’s a certain…” He falters, starting again:
THAN diversity “on its own” after a Financial Times investigation “Fame, celebrity, power, influence, they’re very daunting
CELEBRITY – revealed that six of the university’s colleges admitted only things. Every time I talk to young artists, I say, ‘You gotta
THAT’S THE 10 black students between 2012 and 2016. According to live for something way bigger than celebrity – that’s the worst
Cambridge’s overall admissions statistics for 2017, about kind of drug. You’ve gotta live for something more than the
WORST KIND 15 per cent of black applicants, versus 26 per cent of white Instagram and the flashing lights, otherwise you will lose
OF DRUG” applicants, accepted a place they were offered. yourself. That’s the only thing that will keep you, you.’” Q
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