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Vanity Fair September 2018

From entertainment to world affairs, business to style, design to society, Vanity Fair is a cultural catalyst, inspiring and driving the national conversation. Now the magazine has redefined storytelling for the Digital Age, bringing its high-profile interviews, stunning photography, and thought-provoking features to your device in a whole new way.

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EVENT Vanity Fair & HBO Celebrate Succession Vanity Fair partnered with HBO to host an advanced screening of the HBO series Succession at The London screening room in West Hollywood, introduced by Vanity Fair’s Executive West Coast Editor, Krista Smith. Following the screening, guests were invited to enjoy cocktails and bites at The London’s Boxwood Restaurant. Catch Succession on HBO Sunday’s at 10PM. VISIT Step Inside This NYC Art Deco Movie Palace The Roxy Cinema, taking its name from the esteemed 1920s motion picture palace, is an intimate 118-seat cinema in Tribeca, New York. Featuring an Art Deco-inspired design, the theater specializes in first-run independent films, rare archival prints, 35mm cult classics, and cultural programming including director and cast Q&A’s. Visitors may enjoy cocktails, dining and entertainment at The Roxy Bar or The Django before…

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behind the issue

For Vanity Fair’s fifth annual Style Issue, actress Michelle Williams graces the cover for the first time in her lengthy, award-winning career. Photographer Collier Schorr was commissioned to capture the special occasion, while, in another first, Samira Nasr made her debut as V.F.’s executive fashion director, styling the actress. “To come to Vanity Fair, work with Michelle, and be shooting with Collier is literally a dream come true,” she says. Schorr, who collaborated with Williams on this series of portraits, tells me, “Michelle kept coming back to the idea of playing a character she doesn’t usually get to play.” She adds, “This is an issue for women in Hollywood because the parts might be great, but they’re limited in scope.” Michelle’s daughter, Matilda, 12, stopped by the Greenpoint, Brooklyn, set with…

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Amanda Fortini “The Change Agent” p. 148 A visiting lecturer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Fortini spent two days with actress Michelle Williams, and was struck by the disparity between rumor and reality. “Williams is much stronger and savvier than the press has given her credit for,” Fortini says. K. Austin Collins “Virgil in the House” and “Citizen Spike” pp. 170, 134 V.F.’s film critic found himself fascinated by the “cult” surrounding designer Virgil Abloh. “It felt like every bar I went to, someone would inevitably drop his name,” he says. In “Citizen Spike,” Collins also catches up with Spike Lee as his new film, BlacKkKlansman, hits theaters this month. Miles Aldridge “In the Mood for Love” p. 162 The British photographer, whose works are exhibited in some of the world’s leading museums, says the cast of Crazy Rich…

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editor’s letter

This is Michelle Williams’s first Vanity Fair cover, and it comes at the right time. Michelle is one of the most exquisite actresses of her generation; I’ve followed her since her Dawson’s Creek days (though I was probably more of a Joey than a Jen) and have always admired her artistic choices. She has the ability to make herself believable on-screen in virtually any role—a talent complemented by her ability to keep the details of her off-screen life far from the spotlight. This year, though, the public spotlight found her, in the form of an outcry about pay inequity between her and a male co-star, tapping into a much bigger conversation about women’s worth and power in Hollywood. When I first met Michelle in Brooklyn this summer, we talked about how…

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“I was in tears by the end of your report about El Faro.” —Phyllis Heinly Leap of Faith Susan Jones Knape, Dallas, Texas Thank you for your excellent reporting about the emotional and physical harm inflicted on America’s young female gymnasts by Larry Nassar [“Spring Forward,” by Vanessa Grigoriadis, Summer]. As the founder of A Case for Women, an organization that educates women about their legal options, I know too well how hard it is for survivors of sexual abuse to speak up—and your coverage makes it easier. While you have accurately reported that Michigan State will settle with victims for $500 million, you have neglected to point out something of extraordinary importance. The settlement not only provides compensation for the women who have already spoken up; it also provides compensation for survivors who…

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opening act

For more from Laura Harrier’s photo shoot, visit “I’m like, ‘We have to get off of this island! Spike Lee wants to meet me!’”Laura Harrier, 28, star of BlacKkKlansman V.F.’s Krista Smith speaks with Laura Harrier, who stars as Patrice, a Black Power activist, in Spike Lee’s new film. What is the process of auditioning for Spike Lee? It was totally unexpected. I was on vacation last summer, sitting on a beach in Greece, having a glass of rosé, and I get a phone call from a number I didn’t know. I picked up and I hear, “Laura, this is Spike Lee.” And I’m like, “We have to get off of this island! He wants to meet me!” I figured out how to get back to New York in a day, and I…