“Outsiders are the most interesting characters because they aren’t quite recognisable,” cover star Willem Dafoe tells Hannah Lack in the latest issue of AnOther Magazine. And while every issue is inspired by that spirit – by creatives who play by no other rules than their own – this one is “an outright dedication, a celebration of maverick spirits through fashion, film and art – life,” as editor-in-chief Susannah Frankel writes in her introduction to the issue. Every protagonist, contributor and title in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue looks to those freewheeling spirits that continue to shape culture and society today, paving the way for generations to come. Here follows just a sampling of that range …
1. Margaret Qualley is a mercurial talent. She talks to Sirin Kale about her breakthrough role as the free-loving Manson cult-member Pussycat in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, her career-defining turn in universally acclaimed 2021 Netflix series Maid and how she’s still learning to embrace her own messiness and take up space. Photographed by Collier Schorr and styled by Emma Wyman for this cover story, she portrays yet another radically different character.
2. Spanning roles as Marvel’s Green Goblin, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Van Gogh and Jesus Christ, Willem Dafoe’s career boasts more than 120 film roles. The Oscar-nominated actor talks to Hannah Lack about the motivational power of fear, while his chameleonic clout is captured by photographer Joshua Woods, with styling by Ellie Grace Cumming.
3. The majestic British actor Jodie Turner-Smith talks to American playwright, actor and friend Jeremy O Harris in an intimate interview touching on transformative love, motherhood and the responsibility of storytelling as the first black Anne Boleyn, as well as her upcoming roles in Kogonada’s After Yang and Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s White Noise. She appears in this issue, alongside four fellow stars from the cast of Alessandro Michele’s Gucci Love Parade show, in the desert outside Santa Monica – styled by Katie Shillingford and photographed by Jackie Nickerson.
4. Tap into the legacy of maître couturier Azzedine Alaïa with his eponymous house’s new creative director Pieter Mulier. In conversation with Alexander Fury, the designer discusses Alaïa’s “timeless simplicity, sensuality and sexuality” – as well as the launch of his sophomore collection and its collaboration with the Picasso Administration. Photographed on the inimitable Mariacarla Boscono by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo, the collection is an homage to Monsieur Alaïa, “the greatest sculptor of fashion”.
5. Last November, the world lost one of its brightest and most inspiring talents, Virgil Abloh. A fashion pioneer whose game-changing artistic vision, maverick spirit and endless generosity fostered the birth of a real cultural revolution. This new issue opens with a heartfelt tribute to the former Louis Vuitton creative director, written by his friend and AnOther Magazine’s co-founder, Jefferson Hack.
6. The unique approach at the core of the work of innovative young designers Chopova Lowena, Thebe Magugu and Ahluwalia is forming a new fashion landscape. We talk to them as they break new ground –photographed by Thue Nørgaard and styled by Agata Belcen.
7. The stand-out looks of the new season are showcased in fashion stories by image-makers including Craig McDean, Alasdair McLellan and Alister Mackie, Gabriel Moses and Raphael Hirsch, Luis Alberto Rodriguez and Robbie Spencer, Elizaveta Porodina, Arnaud Lajeunie, Camille Vivier and Nell Kalonji, Julien Martinez Leclerc, William Waterworth and Reuben Esser, Amber Pinkerton and Rebecca Perlmutar.
8. Guest-edited by acclaimed author and journalist Lisa Taddeo, this issue’s Document weaves together a collection of text and imagery that focuses on what “the ephemerality of experience, the passage of memory, the passage of time” and what keeps her awake at night.
9. Ahead of the launch of one of Fondazione Prada’s most ambitious exhibitions to date, Useless Bodies?, artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset talks to curator, critic and art historian Hans Ulrich Obrist about the show, which questions the tremulous future of our own physicality. Photographer Marton Perlaki documents an exclusive preview of the works-in-progress at their Berlin studio.
10. Finally, Schiaparelli creative director Daniel Roseberry shares his thoughts on patience, artist Precious Okoyoman’s discusses her penchant for invasive plants, Pulitzer prize-winning American author Margo Jefferson tells us about Ethel Waters and Maximilian Davis’ recalls celebrating Carnival with his family.
The Spring/Summer 2022 issue of AnOther Magazine is on sale here.