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Vanity Fair UK June 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.

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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
spring forward

@vanityfairlondon Finer Things CONSTELLATION PRIZE: Inspired by the iridescent light of a planetary nebula, Adler’s new opal ring trilogy (1) guarantees stratospheric style kudos. adler.ch URBAN LEGEND: Sleek and streamlined, the BR 05 Skeleton Nightlum (2) is the latest addition to Bell & Ross’ Urban collection. bellross.com On Beauty HEAVEN SCENT: Acqua di Parma’s Bergamotto di Calabria La Spugnatura (5) is an olfactory ode to sun-drenched bergamot. acquadiparma.com NIGHT CHANGER: Refine pores and boost collagen while you sleep with Dr Sebagh’s supercharged Retinol Night Repair (8). drsebagh.com Green Slate ROSY GLOW: A spritz of By Sarah London’s Desert Rose Hydration Mist (7) will impart the kind of radiance that only divine, plant-based skincare can. bysarahlondon.com Culture Trip NATURAL SELECTION: In the midst of the pandemic, David Hockney captured the unfolding beauty of spring in a series…

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Abigail TRACY “WHITE FLIGHT” P. 46 While reporting on the so-called Memphis Patriots, Tracy, a staff writer, called ringleader John Dobbs. “He didn’t hang up the phone after the conversation,” says Tracy. “I overheard him talking about Vanity Fair and myself to the people he was with: ‘The last thing I want to do is talk to them.’ ” Joshua HUNT “THE MISSING MAGRITTE” P. 38 Hunt was in Belgium interviewing the federal prosecutor for a book project when the conversation strayed to a Magritte heist. “I let him keep talking, because what he told me was so compelling,” says Hunt. “A story about stolen art, terrorist plots, and, above all, a missed opportunity to avert one of the decade’s great tragedies.” Joyce MAYNARD “SHAME THE DEVIL” P. 28 Joyce Maynard, who lived with J.D. Salinger as a young woman, was…

2 min
editor’s letter

I was a few episodes into Ted Lasso before I noticed the title character’s habit of tossing off a sotto voce “I appreciate you” whenever he had a baseline positive interaction with someone. Ted, an American football coach played by Jason Sudeikis, has come to England to coach a soccer team; he is purposely set up to fail in every possible way, heckled relentlessly by the press, the fans, and often his own players. No one appreciates him. And yet, “I appreciate you,” he says, over and over, in response to even a minuscule act of kindness. His team isn’t winning—but Ted is, just by appreciating people! By the time the team starts to score, the show had decisively won me over, and now part of my July is booked…

2 min
never say never

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan was a 12th grader starring in a teen production of Chicago when Mindy Kaling began searching for a young South Asian woman to lead her precocious Netflix dramedy, Never Have I Ever. Her winning audition beat the 15,000 others who tried out for Devi—a part that earned Ramakrishnan a spot on A.O. Scott’s list of 2020’s best performances and a Time 100 anointment. Now the 19-year-old is bracing for season two—and trying to maintain perspective: “I kept putting the pressure on myself to represent brown girls everywhere. And I was like, hold on. If I’m not going to put that pressure on a fictional character, why the hell would I do that to myself?” HER CHILDHOOD HOME in Mississauga was filled with big personalities: Ramakrishnan’s musically inclined brother, labor-relations-specialist…

1 min
la vie bohème

For the past four years, Loewe designer Jonathan Anderson has channeled the easy vibes of Paula’s, a boutique in Ibiza that flourished in the ’70s and ’80s, into a summertime collaboration with Paula’s founder Armin Heinemann. “It captures my idea of escapism,” says Anderson, who grew up visiting the island bohemia. This year’s capsule features a hippie-chic caftan, a moon print sweatsuit, and these juicy confections. The woven leather crossbody bags shaped like strawberries and pineapples—plus a nifty sliced passion fruit coin purse—evoke warm climes and carefree living. iSalud! FOR DETAILS, GO TO VF.COM/CREDITS.…

2 min
stay louche

Months of daydreaming about the social scene’s return has set the agenda ahead: never-ending evenings with cool drinks and perfect strangers, more glamour than effort. If that calls to mind ’70s-era Anjelica Huston in a plunging halter and lavender eye shadow, Netflix’s five-episode Halston arrives to second that mood. The designer’s circle of friends and models, including Elsa Peretti and Pat Cleveland, pulled off slinky elegance with ease—a worthwhile lodestar for summer beauty. “Eye shadow is going to have this kind of revolution,” says Sam Visser, makeup artist ambassador for Dior, of the need for expressive color after an underdressed year. The 21-year-old is a master of the medium, as seen in retro-futuristic looks on Bella Hadid and Nadia Lee Cohen, but his directive right now is no-fuss monochrome, made…