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British Vogue August 2020

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No other magazines combine beauty, style, glamour, design, fashion and contemporary culture in such an inspiring mix. VOGUE employs the most talented photographers, stylists, writers and editors to fill the pages each month with new trends, controversial images and challenging ideas

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United Kingdom
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12 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
editor’s letter

There is a phrase I keep hearing at the moment… … “I can’t wait to go back to normal.” It sounds innocuous enough at first – and, of course, in this year of great uneasiness, I find myself pining for comfort, too. Who doesn’t want to live in a world beyond a deadly new disease, where we are finally able to socially nondistance again? Or to live in a society that isn’t so riddled with inequality that the race riots in America and the protests that followed around the globe don’t feel like a painful necessity to change the status quo? Who doesn’t want to feel happy and calm and… normal? But a truth has been exposed by the tumultuous events of 2020: there is no normal to return to. Like…

1 min.

When it came to planning this month’s issue, Vogue asked some of Britain’s most acclaimed photographers and artists to turn their eye to the natural world and share their take on the idea of “reset”. The response was overwhelming. On camera and on canvas, 21 luminary artists – from Harley Weir (above) and Tim Walker to David Hockney (right) and Tracey Emin – submitted landscapes of Great Britain for our cover story, All Across the Land, on page 94. Their original photographs and paintings point to a shared sense that nature has become ever more irresistible, especially for those in the city. “I could literally see the tree growing,” says Juergen Teller of the scene he shot from his kitchen window in London. Photographer Nadine Ijewere found an image from…

2 min.
moving on up

THE MUSE Take CINDY CRAWFORD’s 1990s workouts as your inspiration and pump up the glamour of high-intensity interval training. Chanel and Louis Vuitton offer accessories you’ll never want to put down; pair your monograms with graphic crops, racer shorts and retro hi-tops. THE MUSE BERYL BURTON’s aerodynamic aesthetics translate into a contemporary wardrobe with the utmost ease – Pas Normal Studios’ monochrome cycling bib is a case in point. Worn with Y-3’s skintight, tomato red top and Rapha’s navy nylon cap, you’ll be well dressed while mastering the new way to get to work (Canyon bikes are the new Mercedes). THE MUSE Look to the style and discipline of ballerina FRANCESCA HAYWARD. Live The Process’s range of pastel cottons worn atop Baserange’s minimalist neutrals offer a shortcut to her remarkable grace. Keep your equipment tonal…

1 min.
comfort zone

“Sweatpants are a pillar of my wardrobe. Add a tonal tailored blazer and gold jewellery – you suddenly look polished”SARAH HARRIS DEPUTY EDITOR & FASHION FEATURES DIRECTOR BODY POSITIVE It’s all about the neckline – and these one-pieces are leading the charge. CARDIGAN CENTRAL Cosy but chic, this staple can be worn tucked into trousers for smart casual done right. PYJAMA SHIRTING There’s hardly a need to change out of your sleepwear – a gently oversized silk shirt oozes night-to-day insouciance. BACK ON YOUR FEET Don’t shock your toes out of hibernation; ribbed socks worn with a sandal are the office-appropriate upgrade on slippers. BLANKETS Wear as a shawl. Throw over your desk chair. Keep snug under air con. It’s worth the investment. ACIELLE/STYLEDUMONDE.COM; JASON LLOYD-EVANS; MITCH PAYNE; MITCHELL SAMS; SHUTTERSTOCK…

2 min.
fashion your interiors

COLOUR BURST Contrasting brights and saturated swirls will invigorate any interior. Take your cue from the colourblocks of Prada pre-fall, and look to Hay glassware and British Colour Standard candles for clashing combinations. If your budget will allow, seek out Louis Vuitton’s chair, designed by Atelier Oï, for its meticulously crafted leather seating. “Mixing and matching is key; choose the best bits from bygone eras”OLIVIA SINGER FASHION NEWS DIRECTOR COUNTRY PILE Riccardo Tisci has pioneered a revival of traditional British eclecticism, applying his subversive style to Burberry’s heritage classics. Translate that spirit into your home by marrying de Gournay’s hand-painted wallpapers with contemporary Tom Dixon stoneware, or positioning Soane’s mid-century furniture beneath Holland & Holland’s plaid lambswool throws. “Nothing transforms Netflix into a luxury experience quite like curling up under a cream cashmere blanket”JULIA BRENARD…

1 min.
reign & shine