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Vanity Fair UK Hollywood 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min

@vanityfairlondon JEWELLERY Sweet Torque Nigerian-born, London-based Thelma West’s sugarcane-inspired gold motif works beautifully as a simple ring, but this Sade’s Embrace torque necklace with marquise-cut yellow and white diamond tips is a showstopper. In addition to the flexible design, textured gold surfaces and indulgent gemstone flourishes, its creation from recycled gold makes it a truly gasp-inducing piece of adornment. thelmawest.com JEWELLERY Amazing Grace The superbly elegant Japanese jewellery brand’s new campaign sees three artists share their interpretation of the Tasaki woman. Vancouver native Kathy Kim, London-based Rosie McGuinness and New Yorker Sarah Singh’s depictions are vastly different, but all manage to capture that particular grace of a woman in pearls. Kim’s work (below) sees the subject wearing the Tasaki Atelier collection by Prabal Gurung, the brand’s more contemporary line. tasaki-global.com BEAUTY Lip Service How to create a lip balm…

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editor’s letter

The Hollywood Issue cover is traditionally a big production, and this year, somewhat incredibly, was no different. From Costa Rica, the renowned conceptual artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari directed 10 photo shoots across four continents, using techniques that allowed us to minimize on-set personnel and maximize COVID-19 protocols. It was a feat born of necessity but suffused with artistic purpose—to demonstrate not just that the show must go on but that there’s joy in its continuance, even in the most surreal and challenging of times. I attended one shoot, which is to say I opened my laptop and logged into two separate production sites: one with a view of the set where Sacha Baron Cohen arrived ready to don his cover-worthy tuxedo; one with a view of the virtual monitor…

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Dan ADLER “AMERICAN PASTORAL” P. 104 Adler, a staff writer at Vanity Fair, covers arts, culture, crime, and other subjects. Katie GRAND “ON WITH THE SHOW!” P. 82 Veteran stylist and editor Grand styled this issue’s cover portfolio. She is the founder of Perfect magazine. Jorge ARÉVALO “THE WARNER WARS”; “THE ACCIDENTAL GOSSIP QUEEN” P. 78; P. 122 Arévalo, based in Madrid, has been featured in Taschen’s 2013 collection 100 Illustrators. Vanessa GRIGORIADIS “DIAL C FOR CON ARTIST” P. 142 Grigoriadis, a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, is the cocreator, with Josh Dean, of the podcast Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen. Anthony BREZNICAN “ON WITH THE SHOW!”; “CALLING THE SHOTS”; “THE JUSTICE SYSTEM” P. 82; P. 114; P. 128 Breznican has been covering film, television, and books for more than 20 years and is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair based in Los Angeles. Gillian LAUB “NOBODY’S INGENUE” P. 134 Laub is a photographer…

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vanities vanitas vanitatum

After two years trailblazing such runways as Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs, 22-year-old actor, writer, and producer Hunter Schafer landed a starring role on HBO’s Euphoria. Playing 17-year-old trans teen Jules Vaughn, Schafer—who, in 2016, was a plaintiff in the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against North Carolina House Bill 2, which required people to use the restroom associated with the sex they were assigned at birth—brought her own experience to the groundbreaking role. This year Schafer cowrote and coproduced a special episode for Euphoria, emerging as a crucial voice in a new era of storytelling. THE OLDEST OF four siblings, she was raised in North Carolina by her mother and pastor father, and transitioned in high school. SHE SAYS SHE “fell into acting. It was not in my plan. I was…

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california conscience

In a year when philanthropy took on increased importance, Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, co-CEOs of the Los Angeles–based nonprofit Baby2Baby, which distributes such essentials as school supplies and diapers to those in need, have doubled their donations. “In 2020, we had a nine-year history with a hundred million items,” says Weinstein. “Fifty million of those were given out since COVID.” The charity is beloved among Hollywood mothers—ambassadors and honorees include Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Adams, Chrissy Teigen, and Jessica Alba—and was the only American nonprofit that Harry and Meghan volunteered with to celebrate their son’s first birthday. The founders are aiming higher. “With the fire, flood, and pandemic relief efforts, we have huge goals,” stresses Patricof. “What about the next billion items?”…

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Righteous Muse David Duchovny’s fourth novel, Truly Like Lightning (FSG), follows the family of a religious, polygamous former stuntman up against an ambitious investment exec bent on acquiring his land. The X-Files star and novelist lists his inspirations. AMERICAN PASTORAL by Philip Roth “My ambition was to engage with sweeping American novels of the last 50 years. For me, at the top of that list is American Pastoral, which, because it is so toweringly great, would be the last thing I would read while writing.” THE SVENGOOLIE CHANNEL “On Saturday nights, I’d watch the Svengoolie program; schlock horror from back in the day, like the two titles that figure in the book: Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971) and the lesbian undead flick The Vampire Lovers (1970).” “IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA” by Iron Butterfly “I was calling the novel’s utopian compound ‘A-Gadda-Da-Vida’…