British Vogue February 2021

No other magazines combine beauty, style, glamour, design, fashion and contemporary culture in such an inspiring mix. VOGUE employs the most talented photographers, stylists, writers and editors to fill the pages each month with new trends, controversial images and challenging ideas

United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
editor’s letter

The coming season in fashion will always… be remembered as a time of profound change for the industry, starting with its fashion month, last September. Gone were the dozen seated shows a day, the schedule of international travel and the throngs of people. Instead, there was the unexpected peace of our sofas at home, as leading designers put on video presentations of models walking in empty spaces that beamed on to our laptops, while others sent elaborate recreations of their work on paper in beautiful boxes (Loewe), or made mood-heavy street-shot documentary films (Marni). I was even made into a doll (thank you, Moschino). To pull out the message of the season from so many different creative propositions felt new and exciting. No longer simply models parading up and down, it…

1 min
meet & greet

This month’s body special stars boxing champion Ramla Ali, who credits life in the ring with giving her confidence. Before she began, she “never in a million years would have imagined that me, my face and my body would be making it on to magazine covers,” she says. Read more on page 83. Photographing our February cover star Dua Lipa “couldn’t have been a breezier, more inspiring experience,” says Emma Summerton. The pair collaborated to come up with characters for the superstar singer to embody for a 14-page shoot that shows Lipa as you have never seen her before. American playwright Jeremy O Harris fulfilled a long-held ambition when he talked to film legend Tilda Swinton about performance, family and growing up different. Th interview accompanies a Chanel fashion extravaganza featuring the…

1 min
cool, calm & collected

“If bright white feels too stark, soften with shades of ivory and cream to create a luxurious palette of off-whites”SARAH HARRIS, DEPUTY EDITOR & FASHION FEATURES DIRECTOR…

1 min
line breaks

“A contrastingstripe knit is guaranteed to add pep to your look”JULIA BRENARD, ACTING SHOPPING DIRECTOR…

6 min
man of the house

There’s a common narrative regularly recounted about the childhoods of fashion designers – that they grew up poring over magazines and immersing themselves in imagery; rifling through their mothers’ wardrobes; cutting and customising their teenage outfits. But, “Growing up, I didn’t even own proper shoes,” shrugs Peter Do, the 30-year-old Vietnamese-American designer. “My wardrobe was five to 10 pieces of clothing – and they were hand-me-downs that I patched up.” Raised by his grandmother on farmland an hour outside Ho Chi Minh City, he recalls, “You needed clothes to go to school or to work, and that was it.” In fact, it wasn’t until he moved to join his parents in the Philadelphia suburbs at age 14 and began learning English by watching Friends and Sex and the City, that…

2 min
eve hewson

With the looks of a silent movie star and celebrity lineage (she is the daughter of Bono), you might think Eve Hewson’s path to fame was always assured, but the Irish actor has shown little interest in shortcuts. A graduate of the prestigious Tisch Drama programme at NYU, the 29-year-old has quietly pursued a string of unpredictable roles, from playing the nurse in Steven Soderbergh’s gory series The Knick, to her upcoming turn as a faintly sinister Stepford wife in Netflix’s Behind Her Eyes. Currently living in the “Richard Curtis version” of London with her cat, she is itching to return to set after the tumult in her industry. “I just want to get back to work and never stop,” she says. But it’s not all bad: “Nothing makes me…