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Vanity Fair UK

Vanity Fair UK October 2020

Vanity Fair opens the door to Hollywood. With a unique mix of grit and glamour, we track the latest scandals, the greatest achievements and the newest stars. Vanity Fair is a cultural catalyst. A provocative mix of culture, politics and high finance that generates more monthly media coverage than any other glossy magazine.With an outstanding combination of iconic photography, groundbreaking stories, in-depth reportage, and social commentary, Vanity Fair is the biography of our age, one month at a time.

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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

23 min
avedon ascendan

RICHARD AVEDON AND his young wife, Doe, had no idea what they were getting into when they agreed to take a beach-house share in the summer of 1946 with his boss at Harper’s Bazaar, Lillian Bassman, and her husband, photographer Paul Himmel, in Cherry Grove, a community of bohemian intellectuals on Fire Island, 90 minutes outside of New York City. The slender barrier island, dotted with scrub and brush and dunes, was reachable only by public ferry or private boat (cars were not allowed). During the day, when the sun was out, the shimmering reflections on the ocean to the south and the glassy waters of the Great South Bay to the north created a unique and astonishing kind of light. That summer was a fertile one for Dick—as everyone called…

29 min
super bad true love story

IT WAS A SUNDAY in mid-February at the Trump International Hotel. The whole gang was there: Mick Mulvaney, Reince Priebus, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Pence, and yes, the big man himself. POTUS had flown in from Daytona Beach just in time for the party, hilariously complaining in his toast about having been inconvenienced by the groom, Stephen Miller: “He is the only one who could have a damn wedding in the middle of Presidents’ Day weekend. I’m sure it didn’t affect anybody here.” The rabbi was an adviser to the ambassador to Israel, and there was an Elvis impersonator. This may not have been every girl’s dream wedding, but for the bride, Katie Waldman, it was perfect. Stephen, 34, and Katie, 28, had fallen in love—as young people do—while figuring…

40 min
the good fight

“I rode the bike.” Ding. “I rode the bike.” Gabby Giffords smiles as her iPad chimes. Sentence formed. Way too easy. The smile is magnetic, if slightly crooked: Her dimples burrow a little deeper on the left side. Her left eyebrow is more expressive, while the right looks permanently arched. Gabby sits at her cozy breakfast table in an aquamarine sweatsuit and Ruth Bader Ginsburg socks that read “I DISSENT.” It’s hour two of speech therapy, and the iPad’s voice recognition helps journal her day. A summerlike day in Tucson, two weeks before Christmas, it began with the ride around her neighborhood on a customized recumbent trike. Gabby’s left leg provides most of the power and all the direction, teaching the left brain with each rotation. Nine years after the gunshot, she…

16 min
time out of mind

“THE TITLE OF THE COLLECTION, FOR ME, WAS ‘WHAT IF THE PAST COULD LOOK AT US?’” says Nicolas Ghesquière of the Louis Vuitton fall/winter 2020 ready-to-wear line, a powerful collection that weaves historical references into firmly contemporary designs. It’s a formidable question and one in which, amid a career marked by an obsession with time and space, the house’s creative director is increasingly interested. “Of course, we have books, we have history, but we don’t know,” Ghesquière says. “There is a huge mystery in what happened in the past that can look like what you fantasize about science fiction.” Even his reverence for Star Wars, so often perceived as futurism when it manifests in his designs, is really a nod to the past—a 1970s idea of an even longer time…

7 min
costume drama

DONALD TRUMP’S SECOND State of the Union, delivered in January 2018, included the specter of immigrant gangs, the importance of saluting the flag, and the glory of his tax cuts, but that’s not what stuck with the viewing public. So many of us had by then grown inured to these monologues. Instead, that chilly Tuesday night is better remembered for his wife, first lady Melania Trump, who entered the room wearing a white pantsuit, shining among the sober Washington palette. The speculation began immediately. Was it some kind of dig at Hillary Clinton, who favored white pantsuits as a nod to suffragettes, or a comment about this being Melania’s first appearance since the Stormy Daniels scandal broke? Was it somehow about the #MeToo movement? According to Melania’s old friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff,…

1 min
race against time

Omega will be official timekeeper of the 36th America’s Cup, set to take place from March 6–21, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. Its new Seamaster Planet Ocean America’s Cup Limited Edition, priced £5,355 and limited to 2,021, comes with a blue ceramic diving bezel and a fiveminute countdown indication in a graduated section. Omega ambassadors, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling, will be competing in the race. The mythical 300mph speed barrier was shattered last year by the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ when Le Mans winner Andy Wallace hit the brakes at 304.77mph. To mark that crowning automotive achievement, Jacob & Co. has produced the Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti 300+, limited to just three worldwide and priced £440,560, with a forged carbon case designed to match the exposed bodywork of the…