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Vogue May 2021

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12 Issues

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6 min
french connection

In a recent dispatch of her popular newsletter titled “Why I Don’t Contour,” the 37-year-old French-born, Brooklyn-based makeup artist and influencer Violette laid bare her feelings on the face-fixing cosmetics craze. “French people don’t contour. We don’t buy it. We don’t understand it,” she wrote to her subscribers. “It’s like putting on a mask, and that’s not what we’re into.” She goes on to encourage her readers to treat themselves more gently, doing away with the idea that there’s anything that needs fixing to begin with. “Maybe try some color, some red lipstick, eye shadow…take a few pictures, and fall in love with yourself again.” As “French girl” aesthetics go, there’s the unassailable archetype—impossibly cool and deliberately unattainable—and then there’s the 2020s update: earnestly celebrating whatever you’ve got to work with.…

6 min
spices of life

When I get in touch with Sana Javeri Kadri in late February, she’s in Kashmir, in northern India. The 27-year-old founder of Diaspora Co. flew here from her home in Oakland to visit the spice farmers she works with—an annual sourcing trip. “But this time everybody thought I was completely crazy,” she tells me over Zoom. She’s in a deep-maroon Frances Austen sweater with balloon sleeves, sitting cross-legged in the corner of her hotel room, which has good Wi-Fi (no small thing in Kashmir, which recently suffered the longest internet shutdown ever in a democracy). She appears impervious to our nine-and-a-half-hour time difference and a grueling schedule that has her traversing the length and width of India. “It was at a point where I knew that I needed to reassure…

12 min
home alone

One way to understand what had happened to her (what she had made happen, what she had insisted upon): It began with the house. It was the particular house, but it also was where the house was and where she discovered she wanted to be. It was a run-down, abandoned Arts and Crafts cottage in a neglected, once-vibrant neighborhood in the city of Syracuse. The house sat high on a tiny lot on Highland Street, which ran atop a hill that bordered a long expanse of grass and trees. It looked like a small, sloping park, but it was actually a cemetery, the old graves clustered in the southwest corner. Unless you were squeamish about graves—Sam wasn’t—the sloping green hill was quite pretty. Highland itself offered a wide view of downtown.…

2 min
onward and upward

WHAT DO AMANDA GORMAN AND Giorgio Armani have in common? More than you might think. One is a 23-year-old poet from Los Angeles, one an 86-year-old style icon at the top of his fashion empire—but the gulf of decades between them collapses for me as I read their profiles this month. Both Amanda and Giorgio have presence; both radiate confidence, focus, and drive. They know what they want to achieve, and while Giorgio has a bit of a head start on this front, both leave little doubt that they will arrive where they are headed. As photographed by Annie Leibovitz (herself no stranger to confidence), Amanda is self-possessed and stunningly beautiful under the California sun, and Giorgio is as chic and elegant as ever in Milan. The combination seems exactly right…

1 min
seeing spots

TO PLAY THE CONFIDENT, FIRE-WIELDING fairy Bloom in Netflix’s fantasy hit Fate: The Winx Saga, Gainesville, Florida–born actress Abigail Cowen had to learn to be comfortable in her own skin. “I decided to let it go,” she says of old hang-ups, which helped her find her footing in the series with an overarching message of self-acceptance. It was an evolution for Cowen, who was homeschooled in eighth grade after she was subjected to intense bullying for her red hair and freckles. But that experience ultimately contributed to a certain amount of character growth for the now 23-year-old—not to mention her ability to slip in and out of other characters: Cowen will next appear in Redeeming Love, a film adaptation of the 1991 best seller by Francine Rivers about human trafficking…

14 min

Roy Halston Frowick was a boy raised in Indiana who became a soaring fashion legend and an international household name that defined the heady Studio 54 era—until he burned out from drugs, poor business decisions, and, ultimately, AIDS. Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series Halston, subtly directed by Daniel Minahan, casts a compelling Ewan McGregor as the complex designer. Hamish Bowles talks with Murphy and Tom Ford about Halston, those extraordinary years, and the crushing demands of design at the top. Hamish Bowles: Ryan, what excited you about Halston and his story and made you feel this could be developed into a series? Ryan Murphy: I grew up in Indiana—where Halston is from—surrounded by cornfields and churches, and I always heard about two people who had gotten out and gone on to bigger,…