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Vanity Fair UK

November 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
high time

@vanityfairlondon Jet Set PICTURE OF HEALTH: For a transformational trip, book into Constance Halaveli, Maldives (1), where nutritional experts, yoga gurus, fitness instructors and spa therapists tailor individual holistic journeys. constancehotels.com LA VIE EN ROUGE: Even with Paris Fashion Week behind us, the crimson-streaked Hôtel Plaza Athénée (2) wears the couture crown all year round in the City of Lights. dorchestercollection.com Culture Trip ON A ROLL: Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace (3), once the beating heart of L.A.’s social scene, is being celebrated with a chic photographic book that charts the beloved roller disco in all its glamorous 1979 glory. flippers.world BETTER BY DESIGN: Its founder offers undeniable appeal, but David Gandy Wellwear is also an apparel brand that focuses on men’s wellbeing with a 20-piece debut collection (8). davidgandywellwear.com Finer Things WINGING IT: De Beers…

2 min
editor’s letter

This issue brings together profiles of three very powerful people. First, our cover star Dwayne Johnson, probably the only fixture of the Fast & Furious franchise whose name is coupled with presidential rumors as regularly as Idris Elba’s is with James Bond. But “Will he or won’t he” merely scratches the surface—Chris Heath’s matchless story goes much deeper into the origins and aspirations of the actor and entrepreneur also known as The Rock. Then there’s David Zaslav, the longtime chief executive of Discovery—impresario of Shark Week and Cake Boss—whose proposed merger between Discovery and WarnerMedia is the latest tectonic shift in the streaming realignment, and one that vaults Zaslav from mere giant to colossus. And there’s Katie Porter, the representative from the 45th district of California, who flipped a red…

2 min

Mark SELIGER “THE PASSION OF DWAYNE JOHNSON,” P. 42 “ALL THAT ZAZ,” P. 52 Longtime Vanity Fair contributor Seliger describes Dwayne Johnson as larger than life. The photographer first worked with the actor in 2001, when they bonded over country music and denim, according to Seliger. “There is a one-of-a-kind quality of a familiar friend and gentleman dressed in humor and tattoos,” the photographer says. “His infectious smile is just as impressive as his biceps.” Brian STAUFFER “FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE FOREVER WAR,” P. 38 Stauffer is a San Francisco Bay Area–based illustrator whose work often addresses issues surrounding human rights and political conflict. He found himself particularly drawn to his assignment in this issue, on the end of the war in Afghanistan, while reflecting on the notion that “revenge is expensive, and futile.” Alice ROBB “LAST…

3 min
going solo

“I’m a Valley Girl through and through, all day every day,” says Alana Haim. So are her sisters, Este and Danielle—who, with Alana, went from writing music on their family’s unair-conditioned living room floor to signing a record deal after high school and being nominated for Grammys as the band Haim. Along the way, the Haims met Oscar-nominated Valley Boy Paul Thomas Anderson, who would become a collaborator and close friend (along with his wife, Maya Rudolph). Then one day an untitled script arrived in Alana’s mailbox—just hers. It was from Anderson. Two years later, Anderson’s mysterious Licorice Pizza arrives in theaters. Over Zoom (username: BabyHaim), the 29-year-old talks acting debuts and only-in-the-Valley connections. AS THE YOUNGEST HAIM, “I was always their doll—and nothing has changed.” BELIEVE IT OR NOT, Alana’s mother…

1 min
food for thought

“I AM DEEPLY inspired by people on their own daily quests to tackle the most vibrant city in the world,” says Sophia Roe, a chef and writer who cut her teeth in the Eleven Madison Park kitchen and whose Emmy-nominated Vice TV show, Counter Space, teaches not just recipes but the habits and politics that make up the global food system. This fall she’s producing a podcast, U Make Me Happy, which will highlight people and places that bring joy—a counter to the heavy news cycle. The Bed-Stuy resident makes time for upstate hikes and mushroom foraging but lives for “home, sweet home,” favoring local outposts like Patinga (“the best coconut milk!”) and HealHaus, an inclusive wellness café offering everything from “zen coladas” to meditation courses. ROE: BRIANA BALDUCCI. SCHNITZEL: JANICE…

1 min
first frost

When watchmaker Audemars Piguet began its collaboration with jeweler Carolina Bucci in 2016, she applied her signature Florentine finish—a technique of hand-beating the metal, leaving a matte texture that catches light like a faceted jewel—to petite iterations of the brand’s best-selling Royal Oak watches. This year’s collection features a white gold version of the model with a larger, more traditionally masculine dial, providing subtle bling, no gems necessary. Shine on. HAND MODELS, BRANDON LAMAR AND LAURA MERLI. FOR DETAILS, GO TO VF.COM/CREDITS.…