British Vogue - 11.2019

(Nancy Kaufman) #1



And so, boom! There it was. Fantasy
couture plus Nick Knight’s 21st-century
take on the great English painters,
featuring the ultimate cast of today’s
black models, led by a woman who,
for a while, was often the only one
representing. Over two of the hottest
days in summer, Vogue decamped to
south-west London’s historic deer
park to capture a sumptuous portrait
of each of the women. The levels of
camaraderie and excitement on show
were so touching. I hope you enjoy the
results – and the important interview
Jourdan has given, on page 202, about
her journey through the industry.
Elsewhere, the magazine is packed
with faces both familiar and new. Eva
Herzigová earned her stripes in the ’90s
as the Guess girl, and I just love seeing
the fascinating, impossibly self-assured
woman she has become in her forties.
Her trip to Germany with photographer
Juergen Teller, on page 170, is a joy to
behold. I am also thrilled to feature the
brilliant designer Silvia Venturini Fendi,
who worked with Karl Lagerfeld for
so long, and now has the house in her
hands. Read her interview on page 222.

From cinema, too, we bring you the
best. Read all about national-treasures-
in-waiting Felicity Jones and Eddie
Redmayne’s big screen reunion – and
delightful friendship – on page 216; while,
on page 184, rising star Ella Balinska
proves why she’s the latest British export
to make Hollywood take note.
Lastly, Lena Waithe writes her first
ever piece for a magazine, on page 97.
Lena – the most dazzlingly talented film
and TV maker, who is fast becoming
an icon in the queer community – came
to visit me earlier this year to talk race,
sexuality and how she is bringing a
whole new generation of creatives up in
Hollywood. Her energy was incredible,
and her new film, Queen & Slim, is a
must-see. As a gay woman of colour at
the top of the entertainment industry,
she is a fantastic role model for our times.

Above: actor Eddie
Redmayne wears coat,
£5,100. Poloneck, £630.
Trousers, £740. All
Celine by Hedi Slimane.
Left: Selena Forrest – who
appears in Fade to Grey,
on page 192 – wears coat,
£2,930, Max Mara. Shirt,
£445, Joseph. Scarf, £95,
Aspinal of London. Earrings,
£195, Completedworks.
Below: Laverne Cox and
Lena Waithe. The latter
writes about Strength in
Unity, on page 97

Far left: actor
Felicity Jones
wears tuxedo
coat, £699, Polo
Ralph Lauren.
Left: in There’s
No Place Like
Rome, on page
222, Silvia
Venturini Fendi
reveals what’s
next for the
Italian house

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