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Vanity Fair UK September 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

1 min
fall together

Finer Things FACE VALUE: Breguet’s limited edition Type XXI 3815 (1) marks a new chapter in the history of the iconic aviation chronograph, styled with a refreshingly modern, sporty aesthetic. breguet.com WRIST FACTOR: For the ultimate in romantic sophistication, look to the Dior Rose high jewellery collection by Dior Joaillerie, which includes a bracelet (2) in white gold and diamonds. dior.com On Beauty GLOW GETTER: If the world (and your complexion) feels lacklustre, reach for Aurelia London’s Revitalise&Glow Serum (9). aurelialondon.com Green Slate MINT CONDITION: Glasgowbased streetwear label Gun Ainm (6) collaborates with artists and handmakes each piece in Scotland. gunainmstore.com Culture Trip FOOD FOR THOUGHT: If learning the secrets of Sicilian cooking appeals, nab a place on The Thinking Traveller’s Rocca delle Tre Contrade (7) retreat. thethinkingtraveller.com Jet Set ADVENTURE STORY: Pura Aventura’s new Three…

4 min
editor’s letter

There’s a temporal side effect of the elongated COVID crisis, a sort of dislocation of time. Our calendar memories slip up: The marker “last year” has lost its meaning, because 2020 is less last year than a lost year. Twenty years ago, 9/11 caused a related kind of dislocation. The sheer impact of the event subsumed both the years immediately before it and the years after with its long shadow. For those of us who remember the day, who witnessed its terror, it can be hard to summon what else happened around it. The recent past is full of blind spots. History happens in an instant, but its effects take time to settle, and new generations come up who live and dream by different memories. The pull of the noisy present…

2 min

Aatish TASEER “RUDY COUNTRY,” P. 90 “I thought it was important to take ownership of what had become of Giuliani,” says Taseer, who wrote about the former New York mayor as the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approached. “To understand how we were implicated in the tragic collapse of this once impressive public figure.” Tressie McMillan COTTOM “WITH LOVE, SEAN COMBS,” P. 54 Cottom first met Diddy more than 25 years ago when she booked his new act Biggie Smalls for the homecoming concert at North Carolina Central University. Surprisingly, in 2021 he said he recalled a “spunky” girl who fit her description. “I was charmed, despite my very best intentions,” says Cottom. June AMBROSE “WITH LOVE, SEAN COMBS,” P. 54 Ambrose first worked with Diddy nearly 25 years ago on the set of the “Mo Money Mo Problems”…

1 min
behind the issue

Elle Woods’s signature pink. Neo’s futuristic black. Patrick Bateman’s business formal/murder casual. For the most memorable characters of turn-of-the-century cinema, the wardrobe has become synonymous with the personality. “Costume design intrinsically creates character,” Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips says. For our September portfolio, Vanity Fair tapped Phillips and photographer Emma Summerton to reimagine nine of our favorite films of the era through a contemporary lens—with next-gen standouts playing the leads. The concept: a glimpse behind the scenes at classic screen tests; hair and makeup, lighting, actors reading lines between takes—all the elements that come together to define the role before filming begins. Fourteen young stars, 25 trunks of clothing, more than 100 pairs of shoes, and countless accessories later, the nostalgia was in full force. “On the day of the shoot, we…

2 min
purls of wisdom

Ella Emhoff, daughter of second gentleman Doug Emhoff and stepdaughter of Vice President Kamala Harris, caught the nation’s attention thanks to her now infamous Miu Miu inauguration coat and a moment of unplanned eyebrow wiggling toward Mike Pence. Since then, Emhoff has graduated from Parsons, launched her first knitwear collection, and signed with IMG Models. From her Fashion Week lodgings in Paris, Emhoff is carefully mum about all things Momala but candid about her newfound notoriety and her own future in politics. SHE SPENT her childhood in Los Angeles biking around the Venice canals but “didn’t feel like I was able to fully grow into myself until I moved to New York.” HER MOM taught her how to knit at a Disneyland hotel when she was a child. Her capsule collection (with…

1 min
one in a million

“This is a book by an Aaliyah fan, for the Aaliyah fans,” writes music journalist Kathy Iandoli in Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah (Atria). Even 20 years after the singer’s death in a plane crash, Aaliyah has continued to impact music, fashion, and culture. But in a time of reexamination, Iandoli saw an opportunity to “really hold a magnifying glass to the narrative and show who she was: an incredible talent, an incredible singer and songwriter, and a survivor,” says the writer, referring to Aaliyah’s secret marriage, at 15, to R. Kelly, who is now facing trials for, among other charges, widespread sex-related crimes. “She was always so gentle and delicate and angelic,” Iandoli says, “but that woman was made of steel.” COVER COURTESY OF PUBLISHER. EDDIE OTCHERE. FOR DETAILS,…