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Vogue December 2020

Setting the standard for over 100 years has made Vogue the best selling fashion magazine in the world.

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Conde Nast US
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
if this ad doesn't convince you to try our oatgurt, nothing will.

The problem with advertising these days is that it is too focused on sales. For an ad like this one to be considered successful, it has to first get your attention and then provide you with something so amazing — like a set of features or unique selling points or a solid promise — that you’ll put down the magazine you are reading and rush to the store to purchase the product. To help increase the chances of this happening, some ads include a “call to action” feature, which is a gimmick so ridiculously unbelievable — like buy one and get 197 free — that you don’t have any choice but to put down the magazine you are reading and rush to the store to purchase the product. Good thing…

6 min
twist & shout

I am in mourning for my life, Chekhov’s Masha tells her unlucky suitor in The Seagull when he asks why she always wears black. For me, it’s a bare mouth that is most telling of my mental state. Among the more dire losses in our era of public masking and working from home is one that, though minor, I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling: the intimate tie between a woman and her lipstick. I’m not a big makeup wearer, but color and my lips have been going steady for decades. To be honest, it was never an exclusively monogamous relationship. I cheated on my go-to reds with afternoon nudes and even an occasional, unsatisfying fling with fuchsia. Then COVID-19 struck. At home in New York City, we hunkered down and…

21 min

The Men’s Bathing Pond in London’s Hampstead Heath at daybreak on a gloomy September morning seemed such an unlikely locale for my first meeting with Harry Styles, music’s legendarily charm-heavy style czar, that I wondered perhaps if something had been lost in translation. But then there is Styles, cheerily gung ho, hidden behind a festive yellow bandana mask and a sweatshirt of his own design, surprisingly printed with three portraits of his intellectual pinup, the author Alain de Botton. “I love his writing,” says Styles. “I just think he’s brilliant. I saw him give a talk about the keys to happiness, and how one of the keys is living among friends, and how real friendship stems from being vulnerable with someone.” In turn, de Botton’s 2016 novel The Course of Love taught…

2 min

Stefan Ruiz “I went to Washington, D.C., to photograph Dr. Anthony Fauci for Time magazine and I thought, Well, this is going to be the test for COVID-era photo shoots!” says Stefan Ruiz, who is, by now, fully versed in the art of socially distanced portraiture. More recently, he shot “The Next Chapter” (page 130) with the actress Rachel Zegler, the star on the rise in the postponed West Side Story remake from Steven Spielberg. Parts of the session were conducted en plein air—the rooftop photos are a reference to the musical’s famous “America” scene. “If you’d seen the film or if you knew the story, I wanted to have things that you could identify,” says the photographer, who also draws portraits at his Brooklyn studio, “but I didn’t want a…

1 min
redemption songs

Set predominantly at a bustling London house party, director Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock takes its name from a subgenre of reggae popular in the 1970s. But the allusion is also a gesture of defiance. Though the feel of the film is joyful and sensuous, with a euphoric, pounding soundtrack, danger lurks: thugs who menace the protagonist, Martha (newcomer Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn), when she steps outside; a predatory hustler skulking on the dance floor. The roughly hour-long film belongs to a five-part series, collectively titled Small Axe (the title is taken from a Bob Marley song), created and directed by McQueen (12 Years a Slave, Widows) about London’s West Indian community between the 1960s and 1980s. The films—which roll out on Amazon Prime this month—tackle topics ranging from racism within the…

4 min
a night to remember

No matter what they throw at us—pandemics, fraught elections, economic travails—some things will remain the same: You’ll probably be enjoying your first hot chocolate of the season soon (even if you are sipping it at an outdoor table under a heat lamp), and come the holidays, you will want to dress up. It may seem silly and frivolous and maybe even a little brain-dead to put on party clothes at the end of a year like this, amid a tragedy of almost biblical proportions. But there is nothing to be ashamed of. Regardless of circumstances, the human penchant for adornment, the impulse to decorate ourselves, is as old as civilization itself. The quest for beauty, the need to rage against the machine, is perhaps never stronger than when we are…