As the new issue arrives on shelves, we present ten reasons why you simply must pick up a copy
1. Ruth Negga discusses her breathtaking performance in Jeff Nichols’ new film, Loving, which sees the Irish-Ethiopian actress play one half of the Lovings, a young interracial couple who, in 1958, found themselves in jail for violating Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws. It is a film which, she explains, is particularly pertinent to contemporary politics: “People need a couple like Richard and Mildred now,” she tells Ben Cobb. “They need to know that change from a grassroots level is possible, that there is hope.” Her inspiring words are accompanied by a fashion story captured by Collier Schorr and styled by Katie Shillingford: a timelessly appealing portrait of the Oscar-nominated actress.
2. Susannah Frankel invites us inside the world of Prada through a series of remarkable interviews with Mrs Prada, and esteemed collaborators from Carsten Höller to Rem Koolhaas, design director Fabio Zambernardi to husband and CEO Fabrizio Bertelli. Illustrated with a story by Willy Vanderperre and Olivier Rizzo, it is an immersive, 30-page exploration of a brand that is, as David O. Russell says, “always new, different, strange, special and beautiful” – and certainly a world worth visiting.
3. Paolo Roversi and Katy England capture the preternatural beauty of Mia Goth, accompanied by an interview with Kay Barron. In it, the young actress candidly discusses everything from her live-streamed marriage to Shia LaBeouf to her teenage obsession with peering through Amy Winehouse’s letterbox; her first experiences acting in Nymphomaniac to her latest roles in A Cure for Wellness and Suspiria.
4. In celebration of the upcoming Comme des Garçons exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the AnOther Magazine centrefold returns with a fashion story and pull-out poster created by Craig McDean and Katie Shillingford, starring Raquel Zimmermann wearing a collection that Rei Kawakubo describes thus: “I had the idea of making the clothes invisible, as if they were not there, as if they were part of their surroundings or objects within themselves.” Never before have invisible clothes looked quite so appealing.
5. In a limited-edition cover story, Mario Sorrenti and Robbie Spencer transform models from Natalie Westling to Yasmin Wijnaldum into Scary Monsters through fashion worn in complete abundance – and they make the most attractive monsters we can imagine: living, breathing matryoshka dolls for the modern world.
6. Figures including Vivienne Westwood, Pamela Anderson, Gaia Repossi and Jonas Mekas tell us about their own personal heroes in a series of interviews that oscillate between bizarre (performance artist Kembra Pfahler chooses an exploding whale) and touchingly intimate. They are accompanied by a portfolio of portraits captured by Jack Davison and styled by Nell Kalonji.
7. The inaugural edition of AnOther Way to Wear: an exploration of the season’s prevalent themes refracted through the lens of Marc Peckmezian, styled by Agata Belcen and Nell Kalonji. Our guide to dressing for the year ahead (to be interpreted as literally as you please).
8. Alexander Fury pens an essay on the enduring influence of his own hero – Christian Lacroix – whose exuberant presence appeared particularly relevant this season. His words inspire a story captured by Roe Ethridge and Katie Shillingford: a fabulously decadent portrait of this season’s abundance and excess, complete with a white poodle.
9. Ahead of his retrospective at the Tate Modern, Hans Ulrich Obrist interviews Wolfgang Tillmans on the events of 2016, how art can speak up for society, and galvanizing forces for positive change: “You have to win the argument somehow with heart and mind,” he says. Words to live by.
10. And finally, Jonathan Anderson guest-edits Document, choosing a selection of writings from the Irish greats: from James Joyce to Samuel Beckett, WB Yeats to Bram Stoker. “Stoker’s Irishness is often overlooked,” he says, explaining his selection, Dracula. “The novel has been interpreted as his play on late-Victorian fears of immigration – mostly from eastern Europe at the time – which just goes to show how history repeats itself.” Illustrated by Anderson’s favourite Hockney etchings, inspired by the poetry of Constantine Cavafy, it is a heroic insight into the world of the prolific designer.
The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of AnOther Magazine will be on sale internationally from February 16, 2017.