W Magazine Volume 5, 2019

W magazine operates at the intersection of fashion, film, art, music, and society, both in print and digitally. With its combination of world-class photography and sophisticated journalism, W is a must-read for anyone interested in the worlds of style and contemporary culture.

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6 Issues

in this issue

4 min
from the editors

As we were finalizing this issue of W, we wanted to make the point that a publication is only as strong as the sum of its parts. Nowadays, ideas are everywhere, and creativity is all about collaboration. The issue you hold in your hands came into existence after many hours of meetings and countless proposals from all of our editors. We felt it was important to recognize everyone equally, and that is why we are celebrating here the entirety of W’s editorial staff. Our starting point was the question “What is fashion now?” To be sure, we covered some of the big trends of the season, including superhero-worthy outerwear (“Caped Crusaders,” page 124), and the seductive silhouettes that seemed to blossom on every runway (“The Botany of Desire,” page 112). In…

2 min
acting up

In 2014, Kristine Froseth—who is Norwegian but spent large chunks of her childhood living in the suburbs of New York City, due to her father’s finance career—was approached by her modeling agent about auditioning for the titular role of Alaska Young in the film adaptation of the YA megastar John Green’s first book, Looking for Alaska. Though she’d never so much as headlined a school play, she jumped at the chance. She read for a casting director, sent multiple rounds of tapes, and was ultimately flown to Los Angeles for a read. Soon after, the project fell apart—however, over the course of the casting process, Froseth had both found a manager and set her sights on a career onscreen. She enrolled in a Meisner technique–intensive class in New York and…

2 min
on the verge

To hear Eliza Scanlen tell it, there’s never been a more fortuitous time to be a Hollywood starlet. “I couldn’t have entered the industry at a better moment,” says the 20-year-old actress, who made a name for herself—and thoroughly creeped out viewers—as Amma Crellin, Amy Adams’s tortured, psychopathic half sister in HBO’s 2018 miniseries Sharp Objects. “I feel very protected and lucky to be a part of this new wave of acknowledgment and consent and inclusion. It makes me sad that even 10 years ago women didn’t get to feel this way.” Happily for Scanlen, she was still half a world away during the events that led to the #MeToo movement, starring in primary-school plays in her native Sydney, where she fell in love with acting “the very first time…

3 min
southern exposure

Simon Porte Jacquemus has a simple and savvy approach as a fashion designer: Will his clothes look good on social media? So far, it has served him well. It was, for instance, the reason he created La Bomba, a straw hat so massive it could shade a small village, for his spring 2018 show. “My team said, ‘Simon, no one is going to wear these huge hats, we’ll just make a few.’ We sold hundreds,” he notes. It is also why, for the same show, he shrunk down his Le Chiquito handbag to absurd (and adorable) dollsize proportions—a move that launched a thousand memes, and resulted in yet another success. “If it’s cute on Instagram, it will sell,” he explains. “That’s just the world we live in.” And so, when it…

3 min
quiet riot

Léa Dickely and Hung La, the couple behind Kwaidan Editions, speak thoughtfully, laugh easily, and casually reveal details that betray an unconventional nature. Take, for instance, the way they describe their home in West London. It’s bright, with big windows and a nice view—but decorated with not much more than an array of plants and a fatlava lamp from the 1970s, found on eBay. “We don’t fuss,” La says. “We always play between the substantial and the bizarre, and leave excess to other people.” That is also the formula for their success. Their clothes, which riff on opposing forces—masculine and feminine, chintzy and streamlined—are unsettling and seductive, and have resonated deeply with the fashion world. Their fall collection, which plays with the idea of being both visible and invisible, began with…

1 min
lashing out

“Super-exaggerated, fucked-up lashes that are intense but somehow delicate” is how the makeup artist Hannah Murray describes the look she created on the model Naomi Chin Wing. Inspired by epic beauty moments like Lady Gaga’s five-inch gold-foil flutter peepers at this year’s Met Gala (the performer’s new beauty line, Haus Laboratories, just debuted on Amazon) and Pat McGrath’s ethereal feather fringes at Valentino’s spring 2019 couture show, Murray cut long mink lashes into small clusters and spaced them out along the model’s top and bottom lash lines. She then pulled individual hairs from the leftover strip and let them fall over the lashes for a wispy, haphazard effect; skin and lips were kept fresh and natural. So how long is too long? “Your lashes should remain beneath the brow, and…