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Vanity Fair UK October 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
editor’s letter

It’s been four years since Harvey Weinstein’s crimes came to light, kick-starting the #MeToo movement, which rippled through industries and institutions from Hollywood to the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to the Supreme Court—in some cases leading to convictions and appreciable change, in others to a dispiriting reification of the status quo. In this issue, Nancy Jo Sales reports a story of alleged sexual misconduct at her alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy. Nancy Jo has written for Vanity Fair for 21 years—such blockbuster pieces as “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” which became the basis for her acclaimed book The Bling Ring and Sofia Coppola’s 2013 film of the same name. Her writing and documentary film work revolve around community, whether she’s exploring celebrity subcultures or the self-selecting world of dating apps. She spent…

2 min

Alexis CHEUNG “IN THE DETAILS,” P. 88 While reporting on the handbag makers of Hermès, Cheung gained new appreciation for their craft. The commitment to each piece made those fortunate enough to collect the brand’s wares seem less like trophy hunters and more like appreciators of “a true artisanal form.” Britt HENNEMUTH “MAKING WAVES,” P. 22 “AFTER HOURS,” P. 52 “I love speaking to people who get to do what they love,” says senior West Coast editor Hennemuth, who contributed to the style portfolio and oversees the Vanities interview each month. “It’s inspiring to hear an actor’s or musician’s journey from a dream to their reality.” Suleman ANAYA “AROMATIC CONSTRUCTS,” P. 24 Perfume was at first a daunting topic for Anaya, who specializes in writing about architecture. But eventually he saw the craft in fragrance making. It requires, he…

2 min
making waves

Kaitlyn Dever has been stealing scenes since she was 12. From her powerful turn in Unbelievable to her comedic breakout in Booksmart, she’s cemented herself as remarkably versatile. Her 2021 slate underlines this: After opening the Toronto International Film Festival with Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen, she’ll dive into the opioid crisis for the Hulu limited series Dopesick before filming her first romcom opposite George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Not too shabby. A SELF-PROCLAIMED Broadway “stan,” she’s always wanted to do a musical. Dever bonded with Amy Adams, who plays her mother in Evan Hansen, over a mutual love for the band Bread and is hoping they’ll do karaoke together once they’re both back in L.A. SHE SHARES a best friend with another Evan Hansen comrade, Ben Platt: Beanie Feldstein, Dever’s Booksmart costar.…

1 min

1. OPERATION: DOOMSDAY “The untimely passing of MF DOOM [Daniel Dumile] last October was very sad for me. He was my favorite conceptual artist, and I have been playing this 1999 album—one of my favorites—regularly ever since.” 2. GLITCH FEMINISM “Conceived in 2013 and released in book form in 2020, this manifesto by LEGACY RUSSELL considers how bodies are viewed and where can we find freedom in spaces that ‘glitch.’ I’m most excited to see how future generations read this, and what considerations around identity have changed.” 3. ZIWE ON SHOWTIME “I love when Black women find a platform for their voices and creative genius to be seen and heard, and everyone should see and hear ZIWE. What else can I say; Ziwe for president.” HAYNES: ELLIOTT JEROME BROWN JR. VIA DAVID ZWIRNER. ALBUM: RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT.…

1 min
great escapes

Finer Things OFF THE CUFF: Inspired by the theme of paradise, Chopard’s Red Carpet Collection cuff bracelet (2) comes in ethical Fairmined-certified white gold, titanium and silver, set with a rainbow of precious gems. chopard.com MOTHER SHIP: Bremont’s founding brothers Nick and Giles English have named the Bremont SOLO “Lady K” (1) after the boat their father built for their mother Karen. bremont.com On Beauty FACE VALUE: ilapothecary’s Save-Face Serum (5) combines anti-ageing and hydrating ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and ginseng stem cells. ilapothecary.com Green Slate ONE FOR ALL: Wardrobe rental platform HURR co-founder Victoria Prew has announced the brand’s first genderless collection (7). hurrcollective.com Culture Trip BIG PICTURE: The storied Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort is hosting an exclusive photo exhibition with the Biennale (6). hotelexcelsiorvenezia.com Jet Set GRAND REOPENING: Grand Hotel Tremezzo (3) has…

5 min
aromatic constructs

Ever since his limestone-and-titanium Guggenheim Bilbao revolutionized architecture a quarter century ago, Frank Gehry has imbued concert halls, museums, and towers from New York to Seoul with flickering luminosity and irrepressible kinetic energy. The architect’s fascination with the human capacity to feel, whether through music, art, or other pleasures, is evident in many of his buildings: sweeping overtures to optimism and fantasy that wrap the viewer in a crescendo of unexpected form. “Frank creates places that have a spirit and stir a variety of emotions in anyone who enters them,” says Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, a longtime Gehry fan and the nose of Louis Vuitton since 2012. “It’s in the way that light traverses his buildings. You witness something permanent and solid but also unexpectedly moving. Few people can build like that.”…