Exploring the hyperreal, the beyond-natural, the surreal and the natural, the S/S20 issue of AnOther Magazine issue arrives today
Supernature. This issue of AnOther Magazine is an homage to the beauty and majesty of the planet at a pivotal moment in global awareness. Dedicated to the actors, artists and fashion designers – the cultural architects – redefining the environment of today, it is also a magazine about human nature. Our cover stars Laura Dern, Kelsey Lu and Lily James have all pushed themselves to the extreme in a bid to expand the parameters of their craft, while Dries Van Noten and Christian Lacroix, two fashion masters, discuss their sublime collaborative Spring/Summer 2020 collection, and the need to evoke an exuberance Van Noten feels our times are lacking.
1. Be inspired by Laura Dern’s remarkable career – the recent Oscar and BAFTA winner has been on-set since before she was born. 53 years on and her on-screen presence expresses an extraordinary tumult of feeling and emotion: “I’ve spent 20 years playing the broken wounded girl who would never get a shot in the room,” she tells Hannah Lack. “And it’s kind of amazing that tides are changing and there are enough characters to play this whole other world – of what it means to be a woman.” Dern is photographed by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo.
2. Imagine living a life fuelled by feeling and passion with the inimitable musician Kelsey Lu. “Some days I wake up after working on something in the studio – I listen to it and it’s like I’m living in an alternate reality, another dimension,” she says. For AnOther Magazine, she shows another dimension to herself, photographed in our edit of the season’s most magical looks by Craig McDean, styled by Nell Kalonji alongside an interview by friend and fan Lynette Nylander.
3. Consider actor Lily James’ most challenging role to date, in Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca. “[The second Mrs de Winter is] in such conflict, such turmoil… It’s certainly the role I’ve inhabited the most. Even talking about it I get kind of breathless.” James is captured by Casper Sejersen, with styling by Katie Shillingford.
4. Delve into the vision of designer Dries Van Noten and couturier and costume designer Christian Lacroix, who explore the social and aesthetic contexts of their closely guarded collaboration: “I am still an independent soul,” Van Noten says, “not completely independent any more, but my soul and vision are still free.” AnOther Magazine was given free rein and exclusive access to the process behind the creation of this unprecedented fashion moment. The collection is presented here photographed by Sam Rock and styled by Katy England, while both Van Noten and Lacroix spoke exclusively with Susannah Frankel before their collaborative clothes even hit the catwalk last September.
5. Connect with the designers examining the nature of today: from Francesco Risso’s penchant for psychedelic escapism at Marni (shot by Gareth McConnell, styled by Nell Kalonji and interviewed by Alexander Fury) to Grace Wales Bonner’s look at cross-cultural pollination for Dior (captured by Xavier Mas and styled by Molly Shillingford). We celebrate both 25 years of Dsquared2 for this season’s centrefold poster, photographed by Senta Simond and styled by Katie Shillingford and Virginie Viard’s debut Métiers d’Art show for Chanel with backstage imagery by Jacob Lillis.
6. Get lost in the surreal worlds of this season’s fashion, as illustrated by Roe Ethridge and Katie Shillingford, Oliver Hadlee Pearch and Marie Chaix, Alice Neale and Camille Bidault Waddington, Julien Martinez LeClerc and Emma Wyman, Valeria Herklotz and Agata Belcen, and Angelo Pennetta with Robbie Spencer.
7. Discover Nizhny Tagil, the mountain-edged hometown of artist Alice Hualice. Photographer Jack Davison and stylist Nell Kalonji ventured to the city on Russia’s eastern border to highlight Hualice’s strange dreamscape of sculpture and masks.
8. Dip into multidisciplinary artist Martine Syms’ multi-layered research process for her upcoming untitled project. Exploring cultural identity through the lens of technology, she blurs the boundaries between the real and unreal, as illustrated in a series of specially created collages.
9. Leaf through a series of texts that examine the fragile relationship between human beings and nature in this issue’s Document, compiled by one of literature’s most subversive voices – Chris Kraus.
10. Read designer Bella Freud’s thoughts on the importance of language, Flora Starkey on the pure creativity of iconoclast Judy Blame, and actor Honor Swinton Byrne on the sense of peace she finds in her family home.
AnOther Magazine Spring/Summer 2020 is on sale internationally from February 13, 2020.