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Vanity Fair UK November 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

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2 min

@vanityfairlondon JEWELLERY Feeling Blue Boucheron’s Quatre collection started from a simple premise—four different textures of gold in one ring to celebrate the maison’s craftsmanship. The latest release, Boucheron Quatre Blue, sees a newcomer to the ingredients: ceramic. Rose and yellow gold team up with white diamonds, but are interrupted by a vivid ring of sky-blue ceramic. It’s quite the mash-up. boucheron.com JEWELLERY Hazy in Love The colour possibilities of Stephen Webster’s CH2 collection—a celebration of the Crystal Haze effect the London-based designer pioneered 25 years ago—are endless. With hardstones like turquoise, falcon’s eye, synthetic ruby, opal and green agate, set under faceted quartz, the rippled, hazy effect is unmistakably Webster’s signature. From multiple stacking rings in a rainbow of colours to pairs of killer earrings worn long, it’s a vast collection. But when the Crystal Haze effect…

2 min
editor’s letter

As I sat down to write this letter, a push notification lit up my phone: The global death toll of COVID-19 had passed 1 million people, one fifth of them in the United States. So many of these people did not have to die. Since March, the investigative journalist Katherine Eban has been reporting for Vanity Fair on the U.S. response to COVID, and this month we publish her in-depth story on Jared Kushner’s role in an ongoing lethal disaster for Americans. The closer Joe Biden and Kamala Harris get to the White House, the more clearly I imagine that alternative, sane reality in which a competent executive sits in the Oval Office, and COVID-19 in the United States looks like it does in South Korea, in Germany, in Norway, in…

2 min

Carmen Maria MACHADO “NOTES FROM THE ATMOSPHERE,” P. 20 V.F. beauty director Laura Regensdorf first noticed Machado reviewing scents as a quarantine pastime on Instagram. “If I’m being quite honest, my very favorite part was getting a lot of perfume in the mail all at once,” says Machado. “And to create lovely essay-poems about how things smell and feel on my body.” Nancy Jo SALES “A LEAGUE OF HER OWN,” P. 66 Sales says she felt immediately connected to Gal Gadot when they discussed motherhood. Toward the end of one of their Zoom conversations, Sales’s daughter, an aspiring filmmaker, walked in, and Gadot offered some encouraging words: “The sky’s the limit!” Stacey STOWE “THE WANDERER,” P. 76 While reporting on the death of photographer Peter Beard, Stowe interviewed close to 65 people. “Even those who were frustrated with…

5 min
notes from the atmosphere

TO ESCAPE Météore by LOUIS VUITTON Here in the Anthropocene—as many have dubbed this geological era shaped by man-made intervention—we cannot help but imagine our own annihilation, the infinite potential sources for the apocalypse. The asteroid is a tried-and-true option, whose appearance has prompted meteorological panics for all of human history. The ending of Lars von Trier’s 2011 film Melancholia comes to mind, when one sister sees her imminent death by colliding planet and tries to cover her face, while the other simply sits and welcomes it. This fragrance is less about the chunk of rock burning in space than the cold vacuum surrounding it. There’s the acidity of citrus (orange, bergamot), the bite of pepper, and a cool vetiver—the smell of grass in shadow. Soapy, chilly, butch: Météore is the scent of stability,…

3 min
dancing queen

West Side Story’s Anita has an impressive track record, netting Chita Rivera and Karen Olivo Tonys and making Rita Moreno the first Latina to win an Oscar. “Lots of people have absolutely no problem telling me that they wanted my job,” says the Tony-nominated Afro-Latina actor Ariana DeBose of her coveted role in Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming remake. And with her starring role in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix movie musical The Prom, opposite Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Kerry Washington, she’s giving us something to sing about. SHE ENTERED the competitive dance world at age three. “At 18, I auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance.” She was sent home. “I was told that I was a stunning dancer but didn’t have enough passion in my eyes for what I do. That…

2 min
in fine form

ONE OF THE great benefits of yoga is that it can be practised anywhere. From vast beaches to cramped bedrooms, there’s usually space for a mood-boosting, fitness-enhancing flow wherever you are in the world. The best way to make the most of this geographical (and physical) flexibility is to find a high-performance mat that not only supports your workout but improves it too—and Form’s beautiful creations do just that. Stylish and luxurious, Form mats make exercise all the more appealing. The unique designs include classic rectangular shapes and one of the world’s first round yoga mats. The patterns are works of art in themselves; you can choose from dreamy constellations, a coastal scene, relaxing marbling, tropical leaves and flowers or a soaring mountain range. For a classic option, there are plain…