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Vanity Fair UK Holiday 2021

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2 min

@vanityfairlondon TRAVEL Lagoon Show Travelling to far-off locales may seem a distant dream right now, but one day soon, travel restrictions will lift and tropical paradises will no longer be a fantasy. The tiny white sand islands that are the Maldives in the Indian Ocean have some gorgeous new openings, including the private dining island of Gulhifushi, accessible from the family-friendly resort of Anantara Dhigu. anantara.com WATCHES Crowning Glory Vacheron Constantin’s new Egerie self-winding watch in solid gold is the Swiss house’s most luxuriously feminine launch yet. In a dainty 35mm size, with opaline dial and diamond-rimmed case, the watch rests on a pink gold bracelet that is as chic and luxurious as it gets—you’d be forgiven for missing the pretty moonstone-set crown. vacheron-constantin.com FASHION In the Swim Luxury swimwear brand Vilbrequin is all about colour and pattern, but…

2 min
editor’s letter

Every year he was in office, I looked forward to President Obama’s reading list. I lived for the overlap. To share taste, to read in common, is to speak a common language. Did that scene from Richard Price’s Lush Life when the guy gets killed still rattle around in his head the way it did in mine? Had five years of intervening Franzen discourse changed the way he read Purity versus Freedom? Did he think the politics of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland helped make it her most complicated, and best, work? In 2017, the year Obama left the Oval Office, Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing appeared on his annual list. It also won the National Book Award for fiction that year—six years after her win for Salvage the Bones, making her…

2 min

Hayley PHELAN “THE ORACLE OF BRIT,” P. 52 Phelan fell down an Instagram rabbit hole during her investigation of the #FreeBritney movement. “My fascination shifted from the pop star to the incredible community that has sprung up around her,” says Phelan. “And what their interest in her case says about our culture in general.” Djeneba ADUAYOM “GEMMA’S GIFT,” P. 64 The vision for the photo shoot was festive but with a twist, says Aduayom, attributing its success in large part to Chan’s “stunning beauty.” “I was really attentive to reading her energy on set,” says the photographer. “I wanted the images to be a little painterly, like a vision in a dream.” Annie LEIBOVITZ “IN COLBERT WE TRUST,” P. 44 Leibovitz photographed Stephen Colbert three days after Election Day, as Joe Biden’s lead grew clearer but was still…

5 min
2020’s greatest gift

FROM STAYING IN touch with friends and family to finding inventive ways to have fun and celebrate the ones we love, 2020 has seen us take our relationship with technology to dizzying new heights. This year may have presented more challenges than most, but one of its greatest gifts has been the way it has inspired us to use our creativity (and our smartphones) to stay connected with one another like never before. Across the generations, connecting and expressing our love for people via video calls and messages has become a crucial part of how we communicate. Enter British rapper AJ Tracey and actor Jess Alexander with The Greatest Gift, an A-list lesson in creative collaboration brought to you by Samsung’s ingenious creation: the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. The film, released this…

1 min
the body electric

Jewelry can look inspirational on a body, but in his new collection for Hermès, creative director Pierre Hardy draws inspiration from the body itself. One necklace webs gold and diamonds in imitation of a vast capillary network; a delicate bracelet resembles the fine bones of the wrist. In this piece, a singular earring, precious stones mimic the colors of the lips. Yet this collection goes beyond the corporeal: Hardy says he imagined “shapes our inner feelings could take”—a worthy embellishment for nature’s greatest work. MAKEUP, LUCY BRIDGE. OPPOSITE, BOOK: COURTESY OF SIMON AND SCHUSTER. COFFEE CUP: GETTY IMAGES. OUR PLANET STINGRAY: GISLE SVERDRUP/SILVERBACK/NETFLIX. PORTRAIT: JOONEY WOODWARD. SEASONAL SALAD: GETTY IMAGES. ROSES: COURTESY OF FLOWERBX. STRIPED GLASSWARE: ENRICO FIORESE FOR LAGUNAB MEDIA. ALL OTHERS COURTESY OF THE BRANDS. FOR DETAILS, GO TO…

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london calling

Style File GO-TO SHOE: Thousand Fell trainers (11). WATCH: Apple. SHIRT: White grandad collared shirt by SIRPLUS. SUIT: J.P. Hackett No. 14 in blue. SLEEPWEAR: James Perse. On Beauty CLEAN SHAVE: Aesop Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum (10). MOISTURIZER: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel (5). COLOGNE: Le Labo Santal 33. WORKOUT: Running; the best way to see the city. Leisure Studies WATCHING: Our Planet on Netflix (3). READING: Accidental Presidents by Jared Cohen, a history of eight vice presidents who stepped up when their president was removed by fate (2). LISTENING TO: James Blake on Beats wireless headphones (8). Sweet Home AESTHETIC: Minimalist and precise, but with distinct personality. STATIONERY: Mount Street Printers (6). FLOWERS: Sweet avalanche pink roses (9). RECENT ADDITION: Glassware from Murano (12). COUCH: Oliver Gustav Sofa. ECLECTIC ITEM: Knotted Sera Helsinki Laine rug…