W Magazine Volume 1, 2020

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.

United States
W Media LLC
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
best performances

Brad Pitt wears a Celine by Hedi Slimane tank top, pants, and sunglasses; Tom Ford boots; his own jewelry and watch. Scarlett Johansson wears a Burberry dress; De Beers Jewellers drop earrings; all other jewelry her own. Laura Dern wears a Prada jacket, skirt, bag, and sandals. Joaquin Phoenix wears his own clothing and sneakers. Eddie Murphy wears a Giorgio Armani suit, vest, and shirt; his own jewelry and shoes. Chris Evans wears a Prada shirt and pants; Bulgari watch. Jennifer Lopez wears an Alberta Ferretti dress; Gucci High Jewelry earrings, necklace, and bracelet. Adam Sandler wears a Gucci shirt; Brunello Cucinelli pants; Tiffany & Co. necklace; John Hardy bracelet; Van Cleef & Arpels watch; Happy Socks socks; Church’s shoes. Adam Driver wears a Louis Vuitton Men’s suit and shirt; his own shoes. To view the full portfolio, turn…

3 min

Juergen Teller and Dovile Drizyte Photographer and creative partner, “Best Performances” (page 90) Who is your favorite film character ever? J.T.: The ones Laura Dern plays. I love her. D.D.: Holly Golightly. She is funny and elegant. Charming beyond limits. Careless and caring at the same time. What film has the most beautiful fashion or costumes? J.T.: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant or any other Fassbinder movie. What movie do you watch over and over? J.T.: The Graduate. What is your favorite film quote? D.D.: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather. Best Oscars red carpet outfit of all time? J.T.: I really couldn’t care less. Jamie Hawkesworth Photographer, “Walk This Way” (page 170) What would you consider the most memorable film scene of all time? In Predator, when Arnold Schwarzenegger has an arm wrestle with…

3 min
simply the best

Before I started working at W, I always looked forward to its annual Best Performances portfolio, and wondered what it took to make it happen from beginning to end. I got the answer working on this issue, when Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg called me screaming from the Cannes Film Festival to tell me about Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. And so it all began. Best Performances (page 90) is now in its 10th year, and to be on Hirschberg’s list has become somewhat of an award in itself, as you can tell from our nine incredible covers. But Hirschberg always makes the point that it’s not just about featuring the most famous movie stars in the world—it’s literally about the year’s best performances across the spectrum,…

2 min
connecting the dots

1 The Salvatore Ferragamo Viva shoe, with its chicly distinctive bow, has been turning the heads of ladies who lunch since its debut, in 1979, when it was called the Vara. Recently updated by the creative director Paul Andrew, this new version retains the pump’s original sculptural silhouette but feels cool enough for a whole new generation of women whose lunches happen at their desks more often than not. 2 Perhaps because the brand’s founder, Salvatore Ferragamo, first made his name designing for Hollywood stars in the 1920s, the Viva reminds us of Andy Warhol’s fantasy footwear sketches, which depicted shoes inspired by famous figures from Old Hollywood and popular culture. Our favorite is Warhol’s 1956 ode to Christine Jorgensen, one of the first widely known individuals to have gender reassignment…

10 min
from los angeles to the world

It’s a measure of how prominent an art center Los Angeles has become that Serpentine Galleries, the popular contemporary art venue in London, recently appointed Bettina Korek to be its new chief executive. Korek is a native Angeleno and a pillar of the L.A. art scene who currently oversees Frieze Los Angeles, the city’s first major international art fair. But in March, after its second edition wraps, she will be decamping for a drizzlier climate—and one of the most powerful posts in the art world. “It’s the only opportunity for which I would have left L.A.,” she told me. Korek will not be selling her 1920s Spanish-style house in Los Feliz, however, which is where I met her on a disconcertingly hot winter morning. The first thing she wanted me to…

3 min
nifty fifty

In a huge studio at the California Institute of the Arts filled with alumni who are now accomplished artists, nobody could take their eyes off the large fiberglass penguin: With alert blue eyes and an open beak, it seemed to be talking up visitors—or fishing for compliments. Barbara T. Smith, the feminist artist who attended CalArts’ predecessor, Chouinard Art Institute, in the ’60s, and is known for her unusual use of food in her work, fed the penguin a tangerine. (It held the fruit in its orange beak.) Liz Glynn (M.F.A. ’08) wondered out loud, “What is the penguin doing here?” “It’s John,” answered Catherine Opie (M.F.A. ’88). Opie was referring to John Baldessari, the groundbreaking conceptual artist who taught at CalArts from 1970 to 1986 after briefly attending Chouinard. Baldessari,…