W Magazine Volume 1, 2021

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

3 min

Juergen Teller and Dovile Drizyte Photographer and Creative Partner, “Best Performances” (page 98) What would you consider the most memorable film scene of all time, and why? JT: Whenever somebody smokes onscreen, because nobody does that anymore. Which film do you think has the most beautiful fashion or costumes? Any favorite outfits in particular? DD: Akira Kurosawa’s Ran has pretty impressive looks. What is your earliest film memory? JT: When I was 14 or 15 years old, going from my village into town at daytime, alone, to see Apocalypse Now. I stepped out of the cinema, it was daylight, and I was completely blinded and completely blown away. Cyndia Harvey Hairstylist, “The Bold & the Beautiful” (page 154) Who is your favorite film character? Sebastian from The Little Mermaid totally stole the show for me. What would you consider the most memorable…

3 min
star power

It’s a new year. We finally have a new president, and there’s a lot to look forward to. At W, we feel grateful to be able to continue making this magazine we love so much, and are thrilled to celebrate one of the most necessary distractions we’ve had during the pandemic: amazing movies. During 2020, our weekly Monday morning staff meeting didn’t begin with the usual, “How was your weekend?” but instead with, “Have you watched anything great?” Thankfully, because of the proliferation of home-streaming services, we all had plenty to watch, and with this, our annual Best Performances issue, we pay tribute to the actors who left us in awe: Sacha Baron Cohen as activist Abbie Hoffman in The Trial of the Chicago 7, and as Borat, the fictional Kazakh…

5 min
my life in parties: the cobrasnake

“They called me the Instagram before Instagram,” says the photographer Mark Hunter, perhaps better known by his nom de caméra, the Cobrasnake. Hunter, whose photographs will be collected in a book from Rizzoli next year, got his start documenting the Los Angeles nightlife scene of the aughts with his trusty Canon, eventually traveling the globe to chronicle musicians, designers, models, and celebrities in their most unguarded after-hours moments. The Cobrasnake website was the go-to site for cool-kid voyeurism and underground style inspiration, and even the non-celebrity regulars portrayed in Hunter’s galleries could attain notoriety. “This was the age of opulence before the 2008 recession,” Hunter says. “Everyone was living it up, and I was just running around frantically like a big fan. I wanted to catch them all, like Pokémon. THEO…

13 min
painting the future

Louis Fratino Louis Fratino has made a name for himself with his sensitive figurative paintings of male nudes that are loving, frank, and unabashed in their depiction of gay sexuality and desire. But at a solo exhibition at New York’s Sikkema Jenkins & Co. last fall, works like Waking Up First, Hard Morning Light, in which two men lie naked, side by side in bed, hung alongside less expected subject matter: a shadowy bird overtaking most of a nighttime composition; fish and an octopus on ice at a market; a bucolic backyard warmed by the sun. Yet those still lifes, landscapes, and images of animals did not signal an abandonment of the ethos behind the Brooklyn-based 27-year-old’s depictions of gay life. Rather, Fratino asserts that the expanded subjects “are about trying…

8 min
made in america

When it opened in October 1969 at what is now the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C., the groundbreaking exhibition “Objects: USA” introduced American audiences to the studio craft movement. Organized by the farsighted New York art dealer Lee Nordness and Paul J. Smith, then the director of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now the Museum of Arts and Design) in New York, it presented more than 500 pieces by 308 American artists working with traditional craft materials like ceramics, glass, wood, fiber, and metal, but often using them in a way that was much more connected to contemporary art movements like Abstract Expressionism, Pop, and California Funk. “Objects: USA” was notable for its unusual diversity of geography, gender, race, and ethnicity, and it included works by established masters (the…

11 min
play pals

In today’s era of confinement and confusion, it’s fitting that one of the most memorable performances of the year was given by a pair of sitting U.S. congresswomen attempting to destroy each other on board an alien spaceship. No other quarantine moment so effortlessly bridged generations and perspectives as when representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, and Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, joined the streaming platform Twitch in October to play Among Us, the low-fi space-themed multiplayer game that has soared to popularity during the pandemic. Conceived by Ocasio-Cortez as an impromptu Generation Z voter initiative, the online event ended up being an only-in-2020 slice of high-camp theater. Watching Ocasio-Cortez’s pink AOC astronaut avatar engage in two-dimensional intergalactic carnage while a live video showed the headphone-clad congresswoman dispensing wisecracks (“What…