Enter a world of Sensory Overload: powerful visions, touching moments and modern taste.
1. Be inspired by three-time Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan’s extraordinary work ethic and how Greta Gerwig snatched her up for Lady Bird, her highly acclaimed directorial debut; and her sororal disposition: “Greta, and the women in TV are changing the entertainment industry. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham: these people who, because they weren’t getting the work, wrote it for themselves and it was so good and so funny that nobody could deny it.” The adroit actress is photographed by Craig McDean and styled by Katie Shillingford.
2. Delve into the decorative world of Alessandro Michele, in Susannah Frankel’s exclusive interview with Gucci’s visionary creative director. Raised by a shamanic father and Hollywood-obsessed, urbane mother his upbringing refracted his vision in myriad ways: “I inherited from them the idea of a very eclectic beauty,” Michele explains of his rich and multifarious world.
3. Discover the duality of heartbreak and jubilation in Donatella Versace’s latest collection which marks the 20th anniversary of her brother Gianni’s death. Exploring the huge responsibility of taking up the mantle so early on, she tells Alexander Fury: “I’m a woman. And if I’m a woman, I’m not Gianni. Finally I said, ‘I’m going to do different things.’” A 28-page portfolio portrays the modern Versace family, as photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Katy England.
4. Revel in the beauty of Domestic Goddess: styled by Jane How, the quotidian is overblown and repurposed in this everyday setting, photographed by Zoe Ghertner.
5. Pin up this season’s Centrefold poster: an intoxicating look at Sarah Burton’s garden of delights for Alexander McQueen, shot by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Robbie Spencer.
6. Find romance in Paolo Roversi’s A Black Mood, where Sensory Overload acquires new meaning in a series of sensitive portraits featuring all-black clothing, styled by Robbie Spencer.
7. Rejoin the real world with Marc Quinn’s exploration of the daily barrage of news and media in Art Project. “It seemed interesting to revive history painting as a genre,” Quinn tells Deborah Orr, “to make it not an emperor on horseback with thousands of people he’s conquered around him, but these bottom-up sort of things that have started happening around the world... from the Arab Spring, to Ukraine, to America, to different places.” Anders Edström photographs his History Painting series.
8. Meet the archetypal female heroines strewn throughout the Spring/Summer 2018 collections in Edit of the Season, photographed by Roe Ethridge and styled by Katie Shillingford.
9. Take a tour of designer Christopher Kane’s key inspirations in his guest-edited Document: a contemporary anthology, teeming with snatches of the visual media that has informed his work since his childhood.
10. Hear about when music producer Nile Rodgers met David Bowie; sound artist Michel Gaubert’s first Chanel show; movie publicist Peggy Siegal’s symbiotic relationship with gallerist Larry Gagosian; and design collective Vaquera’s obsession with Vine videos – in AnOther Thing I Wanted to Tell You… shot by Casper Sejersen and styled by Nell Kalonji.