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TABLE OF CONTENTS 32 HEROES Stevie Nicks takes a moment for self-refection and Matthew Barney lets loose a River of Fundament

52 PINK PARADISE Birds of a feather fock together, and so do the fnest watches. Graze in style with this rose-tinted wrist candy

70 BONNET BY NICK KNIGHT AND AMANDA HARLECH Lady Amanda Harlech tapped top designers to create couture interpretations of the classic bonnet

36 V GIRLS Meet the rising stars of music, modeling, and the movies

54 MILLION DOLLAR BABY Quvenzhané Wallis may be playing Annie on the big screen, but her fuorishing flm career is far from hard-knock

82 PRIVATE RESORT BY RYAN McGINLEY AND CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE Saskia de Brauw frolics in a fertile world of fantasy, wearing the coolest cruise statements

56 BEST OF 2014 V’s eclectic cast of contributors and friends select the best in music, movies, art, accessories, and more. YAAAASSS!

92 CHILDREN OF THE COMME: DOVER STREET MARKET AND AI WEIWEI In an exclusive collaboration for V, Dover Street Market and Ai Weiwei interpret the work of 14 young designers

58 QUEEN OF RAP BY MARIO TESTINO AND ROBBIE SPENCER From Southside Jamaica, Queens, to the pop stratosphere, Nicki Minaj continues to defy expectations. Read how she made it to mogul status, and why The Pinkprint might be the most important female rap album of all time

100 100% PURE COUTURE BY BENJAMIN ALEXANDER HUSEBY AND JODIE BARNES The pagan poetry of Fall/Winter haute couture shows its sublter side, as worn by Amanda Murphy

44 V NEWS Brush up on the hottest items of the moment, from Alexander Wang’s H&M must-haves to beautiful new bags 46 SEASON’S READINGS There’s no better gift this time of year than a gorgeous art monograph ft for your mantle...or a museum 48 BACK IN A FLASH Juergen Teller fres his fashbulb backstage at Nicolas Ghesquière’s frst Resort collection for Louis Vuitton 50 B. HERE NOW Alexander Wang sits with his muse, campaign star Anna Ewers, to discuss his frst fragrance for Balenciaga

66 BEST IN SHOW Bruce Weber’s new accessories line with Shinola Detroit includes luxe leashes and chew toys, ft for all ages...in dog years

110 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM BY KARL LAGERFELD AND ANNA TREVELYAN Meet V’s Ford Model Search winners, as they take modeling tips from the king of fashion himself 118 RISE ABOVE BY CHAD PITMAN AND MARYAM MALAKPOUR Look back at the biggest musical breakthroughs of the year in an encore portfolio of V’s favorite new pop stars

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EDITOR’S LETTER At the end of each year, a perspective forms between where we’ve been in the last twelve months and where we hope to go in the future. September may be the January of fashion, but as the calendar month itself draws closer, we’re intuitively in synch with everyone else—drawing conclusions from the previous year and projecting resolutions onto the next. What a 2014 it has been! From our frst-ever Denim Issue, starring Kate Upton in an interactive cover reveal, to our breakout musicians in March, to our spectacular Miley moment in September (not to mention Madonna somewhere in the middle), we’ve looked to women with strong points of view to drive the cultural and editorial conversation, touching on subjects ranging from activism, feminism, and provocation to performance, endurance, and style. So when it came to casting our fnal 2014 cover, we thought, Who better to close out a year of extremes than the exceptionally outré Nicki Minaj? Four years since her frst V cover shoot, the young woman born Onika Tanya Maraj hasn’t just surpassed all expectations—she’s left them buried in the dust. With sheer force of confdence, unparalleled talent, disregard for the status quo, and ambition nearly as awe-inspiring as her famous curves, the former “princess of hip-hop” has become

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Ai Weiwei presents a startling portfolio that pays tribute to work by 14 Comme des Garçons favorites. You just might be showered with inspiration. Of course, it wouldn’t be Winter without Resort! As we fee the frosty temperatures for warmer climes over the next few months, there’s no one better than Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele to lead the way. In a colorful shoot by Ryan McGinley, Saskia de Brauw embodies Carlyne’s refreshing take on one of fashion’s favorite seasons. Meanwhile, Karl Lagerfeld fxes his lens on V’s Ford model search fnalists, styled by Anna Trevelyan, and gives them an introduction to the industry that they (and we) won’t soon forget. In the time since Nicki frst graced our cover, we’ve been proud to be at the forefront in forging a dialogue between fashion and music. This year, many inspiring female musicians turned a corner to assert their place in the music industry. Enjoy an encore presentation of our favorite hitmakers of 2014, returning in a portfolio by Chad Pitman and Maryam Malakpour. From former cover girls Lorde, Banks, Charli XCX, and Haim to breakthrough talents like SZA, Tinashe, Jessie Ware, and Lykke Li, it’s a celebration of present icons destined for even greater things. Think of them as the next great girl conquerors, living their dreams through V. MR. V

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the queen and then some—perhaps Nicki the Conqueror comes closest to the mark. Upon the release of The Pinkprint, Minaj pauses to refect on her trajectory and explain how she turned such monumental dreams into reality. She also spills album details, and shares why this may be her biggest “moment for life” yet. But The Pinkprint isn’t the only reason for the season. Fall haute couture provided a palette cleansing of sorts, proving that the Parisian ateliers can transcend historicism and fantasy to appeal to a modern client base and fnd footing in the real world. Photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby and styled by Jodie Barnes, model Amanda Murphy dons a stunning selection of simple silhouettes destined to become classics. Lady Amanda Harlech also had rebirth on the brain, commissioning top designers to create original headpieces inspired by the bonnet. Shot by Nick Knight, these out-of-this-world creations make their debut in V, giving New Year’s babies everywhere some custom caps to cry for. In the same spirit of creativity, Dover Street Market’s Adrian Jofe takes us behind the scenes to discuss how he and partner Rei Kawakubo play by their own rules when supporting young talent. In another V exclusive, Chinese artist


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Within the glittery pantheon of rock-and-roll royalty, there is no higher queen than Stevie Nicks. Her infuence as a songwriter, singer, and style icon is practically unparalleled. Both in Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist, she’s had a hand in writing some of the most indelible songs of the 20th century. Her own personal style—an aesthetic marked by scarves, ribbons, tambourines, and witchy platform boots—has spawned decades of aspiring, Stevie-worshipping sisters of the moon. Her life is both an inspiration and a cautionary tale, and is one of the most dramatic and chronicled in all of music history. Having endured heartbreak, drug addiction, and the ruthlessly mercurial tastes of the music industry, Nicks has not simply survived, she has thrived. While so many of her peers have perished, retired, or simply been relegated to the dustbin of nostalgia, Stevie Nicks—the eternally wild heart—continues to forge ahead. Over 40 years into her career, the 66-year-old Nicks is busier than ever. In 2011 she released In Your Dreams, her frst new studio album in ten years, and then followed it up with an accompanying documentary and nearly two years of solid touring. And this fall she premieres 24 Karat Gold—Songs from the Vault, a newly recorded collection of previously unreleased songs that span the entirety of her career. Around the same time, Nicks will once again rejoin her old bandmates in Fleetwood Mac— including a newly unretired Christine McVie (“I can’t even tell you how much fun she is and how nice she is and how funny she is—she just lightens up everything”) for yet another massive world tour. Even though she remains steadfastly committed to forward momentum, mining her catalog has proven fruitful for Nicks, providing some fascinating perspective on her tumultuous career. “I think in my heart of hearts I always knew that we were going to make it,” she says. “I did. I believed that I was going to make it before I ever even met [former love and songwriting partner] Lindsey [Buckingham]. So, you know, I always had high expectations. I was going to jam my songs down people’s throats if I had to, but I was going to be a singer-songwriter, no matter what.” Her own tempestuous personal life is now the stuf of legend—“I always remember, about three weeks after going to rehab, walking across that Palm Springs desert in the grass of Betty Ford, after actually meeting Betty Ford, and thinking, If the First Lady can do it, I can do it”—and much of it is refected in these songs. Tracks like “Lady,” from 1971, blueprint her signature style: a keen sense of melody and the kind of emotional immediacy that make her work feel like personal property to audiences across the globe. According to Nicks, one of the pleasures of at long last properly recording the songs is that doing so reactivated so many good memories. “‘Lady’ was probably the frst song I ever wrote on piano,” she recalls. “I think ‘Rhiannon’ is probably the third or fourth song I wrote. At the time, Lindsey and I had moved into a house with our friend Keith, and I remember going, How am I going to live in this little, tiny house with these two guys and try to do music? I remember listening to Keith’s big, fantastic stereo and vacuuming to Chaka Kahn’s ‘Sweet Thing.’ You know, just vacuuming like a madwoman and singing along to Chaka. I remember it like it was yesterday.” Though Nicks continues to write music, she also embraces her role as mentor, dishing advice on The Voice, popping up (as herself) on American Horror Story, and most recently striking up a friendship with Rookie’s teen phenom (and avowed superfan) Tavi Gevinson. “Tavi is like my newest, youngest child,” she gushes. “I brought her golden Chanel platform boots from Paris. She’s going to be a huge force in this world.” And on her role as rock and roll’s reigning elder stateswoman? “You know what? It feels like a great honor,” she says. “To be able to do what I love and help people is great. I’ve talked about this a million times, but it’s good to throw out a few little nuggets of wisdom. You know, a few little things that I’ve done that I would not do if I had it to do over. Also, just to put a few little things in my songs that might just open your eyes a little bit about where you are going. I feel good that I can do that.”


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the master artist has just unleashed the final chapter in his multidisciplinary river of fundament project, but that doesn’t mean the world is ready for the flood

Across a splay of 300-plus pages, between covers colored a disquietingly enticing excremental brown, lies the story of Matthew Barney’s omnibus art project River of Fundament. The subject itself has assumed many forms, from live performance events staged by giant burning steel smelters to monolithic sculptures made with transfgured lead to an epic, ambitious six-hour flm. Now it is a book, a state that circles back to the source. Each inspired by Norman Mailer’s 1983 novel Ancient Evenings, the component parts of River of Fundament chart an underworld full of itinerant spirits and forces at work beyond the earthly realm. Mailer’s tale was set in ancient Egypt, with souls in ftful states of wandering; Barney’s courses through contemporary New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles, with the ghost of the departed Mailer himself in tow. The interconnected worlds, separated by more than 3,000 years, are flled with all manner of sordid flthiness and alluring, repulsive lust. In flm form, the fullest manifestation of a project that v maGazine 3 4

dates back to live acts begun in 2007, River of Fundament plays like a narrative but nonetheless fantastical work of experimental cinema. Sets include foating industrial barges and a re-creation of Mailer’s Brooklyn home with six-ton blocks of salt and rotting meat inside. Stars of the flm include a 1967 Chrysler Imperial and a gold 1979 Trans Am (as well as Paul Giamatti, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Joan La Barbara, Elaine Stritch, and the boxer Larry Holmes). The dialogue alternates between deep-throated proclamations in solemn, tempestuous tones (lots of talk of rumbling thunderheads and vengeful gods) and sudden fights of singing in the mode of avant-garde opera. There’s a scene in which a character emerges from the carcass of a dead cow and plays its rib cage as drums. The new River of Fundament book surveys diferent phases of the making of the flm, with marked-up pages of script, samples of musical score, and still photographs from every facet of the production. Playbills from three live performance events, footage of which was edited into the

fnished flm, are bound in as addenda to the bigger pages. Essays work to elucidate certain aspects of an outrageously complicated schema of storylines and associations, including an overview by Okwui Enwezor (“There are books that are about journeys and books that are journeys...”) and a fvepage single-sentence treatise by New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als (“[Barney] wants us to smell the shit”). Most striking, however, are the abundant color plates of sculptural works that were birthed throughout the process. Barney is a sculptor above all else, and the book doubles as the catalog for a River of Fundament exhibition at Haus der Kunst in Munich earlier this year. The show featured the flm but also drawings, photographs, storyboards, and 14 large-scale sculptures that were conjured by way of Barney’s alchemical methods. Craggy casts of sulfur, hardened stews of melted bronze and lead, a 25-ton spread of iron shaped into an abstract evocation of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the dead: All of the objects haunt and resound, set in states of intense materialization that suggest feeting, transforming order. Andy BAttAgliA

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being hollywood royalty, she lives a charmed life. but this model-slash-surfer is on a serious mission to save the planet Kenya Kinski-Jones was born of greatness (the Kinski is from her mother, Nastassja, and the Jones from father, Quincy). She grew up, too, with a half-sister Rashida, of whom she says, “I have so much admiration and respect. I fnd myself constantly in awe of her intelligence, creativity, and drive. I hope that one day I will move through life with the same grace and humility as she does.” Many would feel the heat of a family of legends— but Kenya doesn’t think she has anything to prove: “I feel no pressure coming from my family, as everyone is driven by the fuel of genuine passion for what they do. It’s not about anything else. The biggest inspiration that I get from my family is to fnd what you love and let it consume you.” Luckily for Kenya, it seems she has found it. Following in the footsteps of her mother, she has already proven herself as a model with a portfolio that seems to expand by the minute—surprising, given that she is only able to work when she has time to fy to New York, between her classes at Loyola Marymount University in L.A. When you factor in trips to Topanga Canyon to visit her childhood

horse, surf excursions with her boyfriend, and hikes with her half-sisters, it’s incredible that she has been able to work at all, let alone with the likes of Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld. “It was a dream come true to work with Karl and Carine,” she says. “It was an honor to be a part of their creative process and innovative energy. Working with them was one of the most inspiring moments I’ve had…I will always treasure that day.” Busy as she may be, Kenya is showing no signs of slowing down. For her next adventure, she hopes to dive headlong into environmental pursuits. “I am eager to pursue my passion for wildlife conservation and animal protection,” she says. “I would love to get involved with an organization that works to serve, protect, and research endangered species and abused wildlife. I want to contribute to eliminating the ways in which animals are exploited and abused. It’s something that is very near to my heart.” William Defebaugh

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By the end of 2013, she’d already starred in a hit Disney Channel series (Shake It Up), placed second on Dancing With the Stars, and released her debut album—not bad for a girl who just turned 18 in September. But Zendaya is someone who’s already onto the next one when it comes to, well, everything. “I knew what I wanted from the beginning,” the multihyphenate says, “but now I really, really know what I want. I have a clearer vision.” Following the breakout success of her debut single, “Replay,” a crisp electro-R&B cut that garnered comparisons to Cassie and Aaliyah (a foreshadowing), the Oakland, California–born performer wasted no time putting pressure on herself to record a follow-up: “I’m a perfectionist. It may take me a while, but it’s going to be good.” When she’s not singing, dancing, or acting her way to stardom, the diva-in-training is turning heads with her sophisticated style. In February, Zendaya stole headlines at New York Fashion Week, sitting front row at Rebecca Minkof and Betsey Johnson. Fashion bloggers weren’t the only ones impressed: the Queen of Pop herself cast Zendaya as the latest face of Material Girl, her collaboration with daughter Lourdes. “I’m just excited that Madonna knows who I am!” Zendaya exclaims. A young star in a world consumed by social media, she’s regularly bombarded with feedback from fans and detractors alike, as was the case when it was announced that she was to play the role of Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime biopic, back in June. “...all I wanna do is honor her,” she tweeted after the announcement. But perhaps all too predictably, the backlash was ferce, as critics protested the decision to cast a newcomer and questioned her likeness to the late R&B icon. When Aaliyah’s family spoke out against the project (albeit for reasons unrelated to the casting), it didn’t help matters. Two weeks later, Zendaya dropped out. “I went through a phase when the whole Aaliyah thing happened, and after, I just came to terms with it,” she says. “There are a lot of crazy people, and there’s a lot of ignorance in the world. You just can’t give it the time… there’s so much to be happy about.” For now, she’s busy shooting her new Disney series, called K.C. Undercover, in which she plays a math wiz training to be a spy—a far cry from the singing and dancing shtick on Shake It Up. “We made it almost a point that she’s not good at that kind of stuf,” she explains. And she’s not just the star of the show this time: she’s also a coproducer. While the new role means more responsibility for the talented teenager, she’s ready for the challenge. After all, age ain’t nothing but a number. braDleY STerN

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TELEVISION’S TEEN SPITFIRE IS REANIMATING HER CAREER WITH A HEAVY NEW ROLE IN THE YEAR’S HOTTEST FILM What’s it like to no longer be dead? “Oh, it’s amazing,” says Sasha Pieterse, star of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. As Alison DiLaurentis, Pieterse is the dark heart of a television phenomenon, a teen Laura Palmer who appears mostly in fashbacks until the show’s fourth season—when she is reanimated after her previous disappearance is revealed to have been an unsuccessful backyard burial. “I’ve been buried multiple times,” Pieterse says of the peculiar perk of playing sociopathic-beyond-her-years Alison. “The last time was actually in a freshly dug grave, six feet under. It was a very strange experience. It was four in the morning and I literally had to climb in and have layers of dirt fall on my body. That’s something I can add to my résumé. Not many people get to do that.” Pretty Little Liars has been life-changing for the 18-year-old actor, who demonstrates formidable Queen Bee confdence despite being the youngest of the lead cast; in fact, she was only twelve when she shot the pilot. Born in South Africa and raised in Las Vegas and Los Angeles (her parents were world-traveling acrobalance adagio dancers), Pieterse has been acting since she was six years old—accumulating roles on television series like Heroes, in which she was the one who could make things explode with her mind, and in movies like the gay assimilation comedy G.B.F., in which she played a high school princess—all the while releasing countryrock singles like “R.P.M.” and “This Country is Bad Ass.” “I’ve always loved it. There’s never been a time when I questioned it. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” she says. Pieterse recently caught the eye of director Paul Thomas Anderson who cast her as strung-out runaway Japonica Fenway in his upcoming adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s woozy 2009 novel Inherent Vice. She joins Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, and Martin Short, with whom she is involved in a “funny little love triangle,” in the drug-fueled darkly comedic detective drama, set in ’70s Los Angeles. “I was thrown into it, and that was the best thing,” says Pieterse, who plays a diferent, more pregnant runaway opposite Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting in the new independent Burning Bodhi, a millennial The Big Chill. “Japonica is a pistol. She’s very out there. I’ve never played anyone like her.” MARK JACOBS

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FINdING A RAbId FAN bASE WITH HER PuNk bANd WHITE LuNG, THE WRITER ANd jOuRNALIST IS RECONSIdERING HER CAREER CHOICE, OR REjECTION THEREOF “People know better now than to ask the stupid question, What’s it like to be a female playing loud music? I’ve talked enough about that, I wrote a whole article about why you shouldn’t ask that question anymore, and if people don’t use Google, then they’re stupid. Google before an interview. It’s not that hard. I do it all the time.” White Lung’s lead singer, Mish Way, might sound intimidating—and she looks it on stage, with an energy and audience similar to Minor Threat–era Ian McKaye’s—but the Vancouver-born L.A. resident is remarkably easy to talk to, considering her trash-talking reputation. This might be because journalism is her day job. She writes, for the press and in her songs, what she knows—personal exposition, music reviews that range from pop to punk, advice on dating a musician, feminist musings—but even though she’s familiar enough with the editorial process to know better, she’ll be the frst to admit she often says too much. The liner notes to White Lung’s latest and most critically-acclaimed album, Deep Fantasy (Domino Records), mention that it’s time for her to “shut up for a while.” Coming from someone known for capitalizing on every time she’s “been told to shut the fuck up,” this demands an explanation. “I’ve put all the stories and all the experiences I accumulated throughout the last two years, since the last record, in my writing and also into the record. So when it came time to write that letter, I just didn’t want to reveal that much. I’ve revealed too much about myself.”

Even between songs, she’s flter-free. “I’ll start rambling on stage and then [drummer] Anne-Marie [Vassiliou] will start playing, because she’s like, Oh God, here we go—it’s gonna be embarrassing pretty soon. You see it later and you’re like, I was such a mess. Whatever, though, it’s funny. Who cares? Anne-Marie is the stoic one, I’m the fool. We all know this. I’m doing it for the comedy.” Like many punk musicians before her, Way assumed she could get away with saying anything at a venue because her band was never supposed to get big. The attention they’ve recently attracted, though, has tipped the scales: Now, White Lung is being interviewed more often than Way is conducting interviews herself. “My idea was always that I’d never make money from music and I would support that with a writing career, so that when I was done I wouldn’t have to go back to waitressing or something I hated. Now the press demands have gotten higher, and music’s become more of a career, which is really exciting, but I have to balance both. Music is so feeting. Writing is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I can do that when I’m 85. I can’t exactly jump around on stage—or maybe I can. Who knows? I want to publish a book one day. Hopefully a Joan Rivers–type or a Judge Judy–type of book, Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining, you know, that kind of thing.” NATASHA STAGG

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The mysTerious elecTronic arTisT lifTs The veil on her work (and play) process Depending on what you read on the Internet, electronic melody-maker Doss is either from Paris, Brooklyn, or Minneapolis. The mystique that surrounds the artist—who is actually from the South and goes by the name Baby—is ftting. Her self-titled debut EP, which took three years to make and was met with underground buzz upon its release last spring, is a hazy blend of synth, trance, and dream pop that defes classifcation. This ambiguity comes, in part, from being both trained and self-taught: “I’m a classically trained pianist, but when I was, like, 12, I pirated a copy of a music-making program and just started teaching myself. I generally had no idea what I was doing, and still don’t. But I think there’s something really interesting about the idea of ‘play.’ I don’t like knowing things, because that inhibits you. Once you know how something is ‘supposed’ to be done, it’s hard to undo that knowledge.” Baby’s listening habits refect the same penchant for experimentation. “I didn’t really listen to anything other than bossa nova, jazz, and oldies growing up, because I just didn’t realize any other kind of music existed. So when I discovered that it did, I went online and tried to hear as many diferent types of music as possible, and I’ve been like that ever since. I could listen to metal in the same day I listen to Sade.” The irony of Baby’s elusive image is that she considers her Web presence to be such an integral part of her

identity. “I love the Internet, and I love living virtually. It’s such an intrinsic part of me at this point in my life that I can’t imagine not having it. I think how we exist online in some ways can be more real than ‘real life,’ because you can be whoever you want, which often translates to whoever you are. People are real, whether they’re behind a computer screen or not.” But Baby’s love afair with the Internet is complicated. “It’s a great tool, but a symptom of it existing is the fact that everyone consumes things so fast. It’s a scary thought, as an artist, that it might just be a sixmonth thing where you’re something and then all of a sudden you’re nothing if you don’t release something at the right time or you don’t live up to people’s weird expectations.” Still, Baby has no plans to let herself be rushed. Getting to work on her own timeline is part of why she insists on doing everything herself. “I’m working on something new, but I want to take my time with it and do it right. I’m not hard to work with, but I’ve had bad experiences, and it’s just like that stupid saying: if you want something done right, do it yourself. Even if it takes you three years.” William Defebaugh

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“He’s a total Baldwin,” says Alicia Silverstone’s Cher, describing the epitome of male sex appeal in 1995’s Clueless. Most who grew up in those days would agree that Stephen, star of The Usual Suspects that same year, was totally the hottest of the four Baldwin brothers (Alec, Billy, and Daniel were also way-dateable). Now, almost 20 years later, Stephen’s daughter Hailey fnds the comparison amusing. “That’s pretty cool,” she says, “best flm ever.” Upon meeting Hailey Baldwin, one notices the striking family resemblance, and also her blissfully nonchalant demeanor. It must come naturally to a gorgeous blonde with a name as charged as hers—she’s already fallen into cliques with Hollywood’s most precocious teenage beauties and landed a Ford modeling contract. The life of a Baldwin girl (cousin Ireland and sister Alaia are also models) is at least as charmed as that of Cher Horowitz. Look at Hailey’s Instagram feed, littered with other celebrities whose last names are more than familiar: Willow and Jaden Smith, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, and Miley Cyrus are there—taking selfes, texting emoji hearts, and getting nicknamed by “Hails” in the captions. Are famous parents a prerequisite for friendship? “Friends are friends, regardless of them growing up in the spotlight. I just love having people in my life I can trust and rely on. And all of them understand crazy, last-minute schedules.” Click through gossip sites and see “Chatty Hailey Baldwin is glued to her phone as she wears ripped jeans during city stroll,” and the next day, “‘I was raised better than that’: Kendall Jenner denies ‘throwing cash in waitress’s face’ after she and Hailey Baldwin failed to pay lunch bill,” followed by, “Keep the change! Kendall Jenner and best friend Hailey Baldwin make sure to pick up the tab this time...and leave a generous tip.” Hailey’s impossibly perfect, blown-out-of-proportion lifestyle, paired with her admitted naïveté, make her social media feed a perfect breeding ground for bitter commentary. But she swears she’s just as excited about meeting her idols as anyone—she just has a likelier chance of that actually happening. “As far as who I look up to, that’s a trick question. I feel so lucky on set wearing designs by Riccardo Tisci, Nicolas Ghesquière, Karl Lagerfeld…but this season I’m all over Marc Jacobs, and I love Sonia Rykiel, Balmain, Proenza, Saint Laurent…I think Rosie Huntington-Whitely has the most effortless style.” She’s sure to keep her more romantic aspirations a secret: “I would tell you what boys in this industry I have a crush on, but then I’d have to kill you.” Publicly, she Instagrams selfes with models R.J. King and Jessey Stevens, coy enough to inspire lists of guesses, from followers and trolls alike. “We all have to deal with jealousy at one point or another in life,” she says. “I take the positive and use it to give me drive and ambition.” One can imagine the rest of the conversation sounding like Clueless once more. (“You see how picky I am about my shoes, and they only go on my feet.”) For Ms. Baldwin, being picky—about her friends, her jobs, and her dates— is hardly a decision; she was born with it. NataSha Stagg


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The season’s strongest accessory trend is a subtle one: twists on plainer totes, like the Whiplash’s braided edges, the Grayson backpack’s rubber rings, or the RK40’s belted rim. Getting back to basics doesn’t KDYHWRPHDQVDFULƃFLQJGHWDLOing, and these quality cues look like they’ll be hanging around for some time. NATASHA STAGG

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In 1978, Rei Kawakubo spotted a beautifully crafted Louis Vuitton bag at one of the brand’s frst stores to open in Japan. For the young designer, the repeated logo on this Sac Plat became from that moment synonymous with luxury just out of reach, a stamp both bittersweet and aspirational. Now inarguably an artist of massive infuence, Kawakubo was asked to come face-to-face with her frst LV impressions by way of a limited-edition collaboration, for a project called The Icon and the Iconoclasts: Celebrating Monogram. Others responding to the call to reinterpret LV bags this year are Cindy Sherman, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Louboutin, Frank Gehry, and Marc Newsom, each of whom have expressed strong feelings about their own frst interactions with the logo. Pictured here, Kawakubo’s raw-edged version of the classic bag imbues it with a sardonic humor that is classic Comme des Garçons, while letting Vuitton preserve the practicality of its timeless bag (yes, an interior pouch allows for everyday use). NS

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Since the inception of his eponymous label, Giorgio Armani has held cinema close to his crisply lapelled heart. Who could forget Michelle Pfeifer’s Elvira Hancock (Scarface, 1983) at her most buttoned-up, in a white Armani suit and hat? Or Richard Gere’s Julian Kaye (American Gigolo, 1980) in an all-Armani wardrobe? From costuming classic characters to dressing Oscar winners, Mr. Armani can’t leave Hollywood alone for long. His most recent endeavor? An initiative to fnd new talent, entitled Films of City Frames. Six prestigious flm schools from around the globe asked their most gifted

students to create short flms that captured the singular beauty of each metropolis, using the Armani Frames of Life eyewear collection as a lens, so to speak. The new glasses are now incorporated into six shorts, which range in genre from slightly sci-f to noir-leaning. The challenge turned into the chance of a lifetime for the directors, who eventually premiered their works at the Toronto International Film Festival, on September 6. TF

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If Louis Vuitton’s frst collection with Nicolas Ghesquière in the driver’s seat was met with a sigh of blissed-out relief, Resort 2015 has inspired a psychotropic trance, trippy enough for teens (and their mystery-solving Great Dane). The now-prevalent mod trend feels especially youthful in cartoonish prints and behind a fashbulb, as seen in these exclusive candids by Juergen Teller. Known for making sleek edges a little less so, Teller shot LV’s Resort lookbook, which premiered pre–runway show—setting a tone before journalists or Instagram flters could. The images ofer a truly modern take on shapes typically found in fuzzed-out editorials of the 1960s, fusing Ghesquière’s natural fascination with tech progress and his retro take on the most youth-oriented era in fashion history. NATASHA STAGG


B. H E R E N O W For his new Fragrance at Balenciaga—a career First!—alexander wang channels the simplicity and magnitude oF the storied house and arrives at something altogether Fresh Four seasons into his high-stakes job at Balenciaga, Alexander Wang is only getting started. With his frst collections respectfully looking to the archives of Cristóbal and expanding upon the futurism wrought by Nicolas Ghesquière before him, the young designer—the frst American to take the helm of a French luxury brand in over a decade—has made surefooted steps on his path to global success. Currently juggling the responsibilities of his own namesake line (and all of

its assorted ranges, accessories, products, store openings, and collaborations), it’s no surprise he didn’t waste a moment when it came to creating a fragrance at his new post. “Everything came at once,” Wang says, in between shooting with his discovery and muse, model Anna Ewers. “It helped in a way, because I kind of jumped into everything simultaneously.” Here, Wang and Ewers recall how a scent called B. came to be. Patrik SaNdBErg

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ALEXANDER WANG I’ve always had a deep interest and a desire to make a fragrance. It’s interesting that this was one of the frst projects that was on the list of many things to do when I joined the house. I really had to think about and evaluate the heritage of Balenciaga’s iconic fragrances, and what the story would be for the next chapter. For me, fragrances are always something very personal and emotional. ANNA EWERS It was my frst fragrance campaign as well. It’s a big thing! AW I’ve always considered Balenciaga and his designs to be very monolithic. There are references in the bottle design to the original salon and the tile foor, but I’m never really interested in things that are too straightforward or too frst-degree. It has to be multifaceted and have many layers. But even when you evaluate something that’s not quite simple in its delivery, it has to be able to speak in much larger volumes. We wanted it to be timeless. I didn’t want to put a season to it. V The campaign by Steven Klein refects this as well, which is very bold and quite simple and classic. AW There’s no one that photographs personalities better than Steven Klein, in my opinion. Anna was, of course, a model that was just entering her career, but I wanted to portray her in a very big, grand way, and to have her feel very iconic. There’s a mystery about her, and for anyone who hasn’t seen her face before, it’s an image of her unveiling herself…kind of a debut. AE My frst runway show was for Alex and it was amazing. I remember going to the casting for Balenciaga. I was so nervous. I drove to Paris just for him…I was not supposed to do fashion week! Then he picked me up, I don’t know where. He was like, “I want this girl.” AW I think I found her picture on a blog. Then I sent it to Anita [Bitton], who we work with on casting, and I said, “Let’s fnd this girl!” Immediately I sort of fell in love with her, and the rest is history. AE I was watching all of those stupid YouTube videos the day before the show, where the models are tripping on the runway [laughs]. I was super nervous, but it was such an honor to do it. My frst big campaign was also Alexander Wang, and I opened the show. Then I shot the Balenciaga perfume campaign. All the important steps in my career have been with Alex. V Alex, what is it that drew you to Anna? AW You know how people always say, What is it that makes a great model? It’s that thing you can’t describe. Their job is to portray diferent characters, and I think she transcends the stereotypical. She has that energy that makes people want to be around her. She’s a star. V How did you arrive at the fnal solution for the fragrance? AW We started with the idea of lily of the valley. It’s very classic and has always been one of my favorite fowers. But I wanted to bring more of a warmth and masculinity to it, so there are these ideas of cashmere and woods, and I’ve always liked green scents as well because I like a clean and fresh cut. Of course, technically I’m not well-versed in how ingredients come together, and at one point [global beauty manufacturer] Coty brought me the idea of edamame! AE I love it. I smelled it on set when I shot the campaign and it has something very feminine but also something masculine, so it really fts me as well. AW It’s also something that develops as you wear it, so it appeals to everyone diferently.


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When it came to the hollyWood reimagining of annie for today, Jay Z and company bet their bottom dollar on the oscar-nominated chops of a girl called QuvenZhané In 2011, Warsan Shire, the Kenyan-born Somali writer and Young Poet Laureate of London, wrote about the power of names in a piece titled “the birth name.” “Give your daughters difcult names,” she encouraged. “Give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue.” Earlier this year, the quote appeared on the nouveau empowerment Instagram account gorgeousladiesofwisdom alongside an image of Quvenzhané Wallis, who at nine years old became the youngest Academy Award nominee in history for her astonishing lead performance as Hushpuppy in the mythical 2012 independent drama Beasts of the Southern Wild. Wallis, who summarily wins over delighted media gatekeepers from André Leon Talley to Chelsea Handler with adorable self-assuredness and Poochie & Co. puppy purses, is uninterested in pruning her appellation—a portmanteau of her mother’s and father’s frst names, Qulyndreia and Venjie—least of all for the comfort of others. “I will never change my name, because that’s what I was born with,” she says by speakerphone on her way home from a day of sixthgrade classes in Houma, Louisiana, a few counties away from New Orleans. And yet this Christmas, Wallis will be known by the simplest name when she stars as the title character in a shiny modernization of Annie, the Tony Award–winning 1977 Broadway musical, arriving complete with its own capsule

collection of girl’s apparel at Target and a mainstream media campaign featuring the next great child star. Producers Jay-Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Easy A director Will Gluck, and a cast led by Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne, have chromed the beloved story while keeping its familiars intact. “It’s pretty much all the same. It’s just some new songs and some of the lines,” Wallis says. The savvy foster kid (“orphan” in the original) is still held back from fnding her birth parents by the self-serving director of a foster care facility (formerly “orphanage”), meanwhile bonding with a kindly bald benefactor who typifes Manhattan’s new breed of oligarch. The lavish production was a perfect ft for the selfdescribed triple threat. “I like singing because you can express yourself and they might not know if it’s about you or someone else,” says Wallis. “I kind of sang in the car when my brothers were traveling for basketball, but then when I got the part in Annie, I had singing lessons.” Her favorite number in the flm is “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” a classic antecedent to the elation of any Top Model house reveal, “because I get to do all of the stuf that I wouldn’t be able to do at home, like standing on tables.” Between Annie and Beasts—her very frst acting job— Wallis appeared in 12 Years a Slave, a Maserati commercial that stole the Super Bowl, and the 2014 Fall/Winter Armani

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Junior ad portfolio. The line complements her personal style, which she describes as “really girly and princess-y with a lot of sparkles,” with chic menswear-inspired dinner jackets. She recently celebrated her eleventh birthday at FAO Schwarz in New York City, buying a Furbling for her new Furby Boom. “It’s so awesome,” she exclaims. “You have little eggs and you can give them a shower and put them to sleep and take them to the bathroom and take care of the Furbling and talk to the Furby with a translator. It’s all awesome.” She likes cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, swimming, riding her scooter, Nintendo 3DS, and princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. For Christmas, she wants a new bike and “anything remote controlled.” Her role models include Zendaya, because the Disney star used the occasion of her eighteenth birthday to campaign with feedONE to provide food for schoolchildren in Haiti, Tanzania, and the Philippines. Wallis is aware that she is a role model, too. “I feel it when I go to movies and I take pictures with the little kids. I can tell they’re so happy because their faces turn really red, and it’s so cute,” she says. Her upcoming project choices continue to demonstrate thoughtfulness, including a voice in Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet—an animated retelling of classic poetic essays by the Lebanese artist and author produced by and costarring Salma Hayek—and the lead role in an adaptation of Holly Goldberg Sloan’s progressive coming-of-age novel Counting by 7s, about a 12-year-old science prodigy. (Despite rumors, Quvenzhané’s mother says they have not been contacted about a sequel to Space Jam, the 1996 Michael Jordan/ Looney Tunes crossover that spawned a trillion perfect T-shirts.) Wallis would also love to realize her future real-life dream career and play a veterinarian on-screen. “And I want to do dancing and singing and action movies,” she exclaims, punctuating her enthusiasm with an appropriate martial arts yell: “Hi-yaa!” Mark Jacobs


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The pressure is on as The undefeaTed champion of hip-hop reTurns wiTh her mosT personal and profound album yeT. four years afTer pink friday inTroduced her To The masses and broughT female rap back from The dead, nicki minaj prepares To unleash a whole new pinkprinT for fuTure generaTions To follow. as she conTinues on her paTh To becoming a major mogul, she poses for mario TesTino and explains why This could be her mosT pivoTal momenT To daTe phoTography mario TesTino fashion robbie spencer TexT paTrik sandberg V MAGAZINE 5 8


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when they’re watching the Victoria’s Secret show and seeing boobs and thongs all day. Why? Shame on them. Shame on them for commenting on “Anaconda” and not commenting on the rest of the oversexualized business we’re a part of. V You come across as very brave as an artist. Where does your confdence come from? NM [sighs] Thank you! Seriously, that is the best freaking compliment in the world. I don’t know! I look at myself as such a regular girl and I have insecurities just like everyone else. I don’t know where the hell this thing comes from where I feel like, Who gives a shit about what everybody else says? [laughs] When I put out the artwork for “Anaconda,” I didn’t plan on doing anything like that. I haven’t put out a picture like that in fve years, probably. And I was thinking to myself, Why have I stopped doing certain things? Whose approval do I need? Some man in a suit telling you the weather? Why? We all live in this world where we won’t do something because of how “they” will talk about us on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook. Are people going to laugh or are they going to diss us? It’s disgusting! We are not ourselves anymore. We’re so afraid of what’s going to happen on social media that we’ve been robbed of our free spirit! You know what I mean? We’re all so nervous, it’s like we’re living life for people who don’t even fucking matter! I see people who I know who put out pictures on Instagram based on a lie because they want the approval of some 14-year-old in Wisconsin. It’s insane! What happened? What happened to when artists were just artists and they brought you into their world? They didn’t have to worry about a bunch of people on Twitter voicing their opinions. That’s what I love about “Anaconda.” Fuck showing your ass or being sexy. What I love about “Anaconda” is that I told the whole industry to go fuck themselves. V Were there ever any people who said you’d never make it? NM Of course! I talk about that all the time, I talk about record executives telling me, “Oh no no no. Female rappers don’t make it anymore. You’ll never get away with that, and you’ll damn sure never get away with rapping and singing.” People who I loved very much attempted to deter me from experimenting with my craft, but I felt I represented all kinds of girls, not just one girl. I am from the hood, I really did grow up like that, and it’s not a fabricated story. But even within the hood I had dreams to get out and grow as an artist, as a human being, and as a woman. I never want to place limits on the intelligence of my fans. They can understand me. It’s why we love music. It’s the reason we can hear our lives on a record that we didn’t write and wonder, How did that just happen? It’s because we all go through the same things in life! I had someone very close to me tell me to give it up. “You’re living in a fantasy world. Get a nine-to-fve.” I remember how bad it hurt me, and I cried my eyes out. And when I was done crying, I got my ass up, put on a beat mixtape, and started writing to some beats. That’s really been my life ever since. V Where did that strength come from? NM I didn’t feel I had anything to fall back on, and I wanted to make my mother proud. I wanted to get my mother out the hood! That was what kept me focused on my goal. Some people want to do this shit because they want jewelry and they want fame. I didn’t want that. It just sort of came with the package I signed up for. V Did you have a premonition that it would all turn out this way? Are you psychic? NM [laughs] Oh my God! Sometimes I think that I am psychic. I mean, I did predict that I would be in Paris with Beyoncé four years ago on Pink Friday. I’ve always had a strong belief in myself, I’m not gonna lie. My mother believed and believed and believed, and then there was one point when even she lost faith—just a little tiny moment—and it was hurtful, but I understand that as a mom she just wanted me to plan for my future. She was like, “Maybe you should think about going to college,” and “what if this doesn’t happen?” And it was devastating to hear her say that, because she was my biggest supporter, and I just remember thinking, If my mother’s losing hope, then this is more reason for me to go full steam ahead, because now I have to show her that this was all worth it, that all those times I sat in my room for hours writing rap, that it paid of. She’ll tell you! V Do you have the same friends today you had back then? NM Let me tell you something. I have the same friends that I had when I was 16, and I thank God for that. I thank God that in the fakest world I could have chosen to be in, I have the realest friends and family in my life. These girls were there for me when I did not have a dollar to my name. They were there for me when I needed my girlfriend to cosign on an apartment for me, when I needed cash, or needed a ride somewhere, and they’re still here today. I haven’t made any strong girlfriends in the industry. I’m anti new friends, in a way, because you just never know. So if you have real friends, cherish them. V You speak a great deal about becoming a mogul. What’s next in the empire of Nicki Minaj? NM I’m working on a TV production project that I think my fans are going to be excited about. I’m working on it as we speak. V Will you act in it? NM It’s a toss-up. I may. You may hear my voice, you may see me. We’re not sure as of yet. We’re still working on the idea. V Leading up to the album, are you nervous? Is there anything you’re afraid of? NM Great question. I think I’d be lying if I said there are no nerves there. It’s always a nerveracking process. It’s like you’re having a baby and then you’re giving it away to the world to dissect. That’s never an easy thing to do, but for the most part I just feel love and excitement. V What can we expect? NM You can expect a great intro piece that really walks you through where my mind has been the past two years, and there’s a strong love and relationship section that has been lacking lately on the radio. It’s not the glossy stuf, but the nitty-gritty, the fghts, the heartbreaking things that people don’t really touch on in rap. And for my core, I have the hard shit. It’s the stuf that makes everyone excited and gives them the stink face in the room, and makes people bop super hard. There’s something for everyone, but it’s not separated into genres. It has a nice fow. V What do you hope people take away? NM I hope they fnd themselves in the album. I hope they release something. If music can make people feel good, you win. When I play this album for people, no matter how emotional or how hard the record is, it seems like it makes people excited, it’s a conversation piece, and they feel like they’re looking through a peephole at my life. I want to give people a glimpse into my world, and I want them to be able to play this record three years down the line and say, “You know what? That’s a classic.” That’s my goal, and that’s what’s going to happen. I truly believe it.

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V It’s been exactly four years since you shot your frst V cover, right before Pink Friday. How would you describe the past four years of your life? NICKI MINAJ Unpredictable, exciting, adventurous. My career took so many turns I never saw coming, and each was for the better, whether I understood it at the time or not. I’ve proven myself as an emcee and a lyricist, and that’s what I really set out to do. Now I’m about to put out my third album. V You’ve spoken about this record as one that will set a new standard for female rap. How? NM It’s just real music. It’s not focused on whether or not you can rap. It’s about whether you can rap plus make great music, plus make something timeless, plus make something that tells a story. I think people will follow it one day, in terms of how they pattern their albums as women in rap. V You specifcally talk about women in rap, but your infuence extends to all of hip-hop and pop. Why is it important for you to reach girls? NM I always feel it’s important for me to show females that they can be in charge of their own situation. I came into the game creating my own brand. I was doing things very early on that set me apart from people who just took orders and allowed their brand to be created for them. I love women who take control, who set standards, and who believe in themselves enough to lead the way in terms of their career. I’ve done that. When I win and when I lose, I take ownership of it, because I really am in charge of what I do. There are a lot of strong male rappers, who’ve infuenced me a great deal in terms of my skill, my fow, and my business-savvy side. But at the end of the day, I still want to inspire women. V Was this process more difcult than it was on records in the past? NM Yeah, just in terms of the pressure I put on myself. I’m a perfectionist. It’s going to be two and a half years since I’ve put out an album, so I feel like I owe it to my fans to give them something great. When I went in to start writing, I just felt like, You know what? Here’s a chance to really make my fans proud and thank them for sticking with me all this time! Not everyone has their third album be this highly anticipated, so for me that’s just a blessing. I’ve never seen anything like it. It shocks me all the time how willing my fans are to go out of their way to make me feel good. They’ve been really on my back and begging me to hurry up with the album, but at the same time they’ve always sent words of encouragement and said, Take your time. Do it your way. Don’t feel rushed. I’m going to do the best I possibly can, not just for me, but for them. V It reminds me of when you came out with Pink Friday. When your frst album fnally hit, it felt like a really important moment. NM Absolutely! I agree! I’ve been telling people for a couple months now that this feels like leading up to my frst album. It’s really crazy, there’s something about the energy that feels very much alike. I can’t really put my fnger on it, but I agree. V How many songs did you record in total? NM Maybe about 25. I know some artists do, like, 100 songs. But with me, I really don’t like to put my energy into anything that I’m not in love with. If I love it and if it really sits with me, then I mold that one particular record for a while. My biggest problem with this album, believe it or not, is fnding out what the hell I can lose, because all the songs are so freaking special and they all mean something. There are songs I know I have to cut that I know my fans would be in love with. It’s getting more strict! The record companies want to go back to putting ten songs on albums, but I always do diferent genres of music, so if I put out an album of ten songs, my fans would probably kill me! [laughs] V Who are some of your musical infuences that people might be surprised about? NM One of my biggest is Enya. There are two records early in the album where the airiness and the whimsicalness remind me of Enya, and I sort of crafted it thinking about her and the way her music makes me feel. V You’ve recently elevated and refned your look. What led to this aesthetic direction? NM It’s a very natural transition for me. I’ve already done crazy. I always thought that at this time in my career, for my third album, I would be wearing my real hair. And it goes so well with The Pinkprint! The name of the record is obviously derived from Jay Z’s The Blueprint, which is something scaled back and getting down to the essence of how things are built. I’ve stripped myself down. You’re seeing me, you’re seeing my face, you’re seeing my hair… you’re seeing my soul! There are songs on the album where I am going back and forth saying, Do I release it to the world? Is it too personal? But I think it’s important for my growth, in the same way that having a natural look is important for my growth, so people can get to know me as a person. V You’ve become known for wearing Versace. What attracts you to Donatella and the brand? NM I’m so in love with Donatella. What I love about Donatella and what I love about Versace is that it’s so rich. It’s not afraid to be rich and braggadocious. To me, it embodies everything that “supermodel” meant. It’s nostalgic for a time when Naomi Campbell ruled the earth, and to me she represents diva and confdence and beauty and an attitude. There are attitudes in fashion and in hip-hop that match each other…it’s an almost snobby type of feeling. [laughs] It’s fun! It’s like showing of! I think rap is a lot of showing of, and fashion is too. Versace is like, Look at me, bitch. I’m here. V A lot of the country fell in love with you when you did American Idol, where you showed a more nurturing and relatable side of yourself. How do you strike a balance between being controversial and being commercial? NM It’s so hard! Rap is very judgmental and I never want to stray too far from who I was when I came into the game. I always push the envelope because I’m Nicki Minaj. I have to. No matter who I’m on a song with, I feel like I have to say at least one thing that no one else is willing to say. Whether it’s Madonna or Britney or Beyoncé, they always tell me, “YES. Be yourself. Talk your shit.” At the end of the day, Middle America didn’t know me when I was underground. I still have to please my core fans and show them there’s nothing wrong with the girl I was when I came into the industry, and there’s nothing wrong with the girl they are. You know? There’s nothing wrong with speaking my mind, as long as when the song cuts of I’m still a businesswoman and I still respect myself. That’s where the true balance lies in my life. Women should be allowed to be as hardcore and sexual as we want, because men do it all the time. V Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” is widely considered a classic, yet some took ofense to the lyrics and the video for “Anaconda.” Anchors on morning news programs were outraged. Is there a double standard? NM If a man did the same video with sexy women in it, no one would care. You’re talking about newspeople who don’t even know anything about hip-hop culture. It’s so disrespectful for them to even comment on something they have no idea about. They don’t say anything


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in a fashion first, bruce weber collaborates with shinola detroit, unleashing a pet project: a collection of luxury accessories fit for man’s best friend I have fve dogs which is not as many as Doris Day, who I hear has 25, but more than my friend Elizabeth Taylor once had. She just had two. On her beloved dog Sugar’s pet carrier, she would sometimes put a leather tag with the word “MINE” in capital letters. For dog lovers, that sounds right on. I’ve been wanting to give my dogs a special gift, because I’m always traveling and photographing long hours and they sometimes don’t get to hang out with me as often as they’d like. Recently, Shinola asked me to work on a series of dog accessories (and soon-to-come accessories for cats), and I thought to myself that this

was a perfect opportunity to make some unique gifts for my most loyal friends. We started with collars and leashes, dog beds, and chew toys—and we’re so excited with how they turned out that we’re eager to make more things. I hope you’ll love them as much as we all do, and we’re sure your best friends will be proud to call them “MINE.” Bruce WeBer

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“There is no model and no system.” It’s days away from the latest Comme des Garçons show, for Spring/Summer 2015, when Adrian Jofe sends an e-mail from Paris. “We have always been interested in creative synergy,” he writes. The president of Comme des Garçons International and co-founder of the enchanting Dover Street Market department store chain, Jofe is responding to a query sent regarding the Comme des Garçons philosophy on supporting young talent. “When we started collaborations so many years ago, it was about this,” he elaborates, “the idea that one plus one equals three or more.” Jofe and Rei Kawakubo form the nucleus of Comme des Garçons, which Kawakubo started in 1969 (it became a limited company in 1973) and Jofe joined as commercial director in 1987. (Jofe would become president in 1993, the same year he and Kawakubo were married.) It may have been unorthodox when the brand frst produced a namesake label, that of in-house designer Junya Watanabe, in 1992, but in the 20-plus years since that collection frst hit the catwalk, designers Tao Kurihara, Kei Ninomiya, and Fumito Ganryu have launched their own labels under Comme’s umbrella (Tao Comme des Garçons, Noir Kei Ninomiya, and Ganryu, respectively). CDG has also launched unique collaborations with Peggy Moftt, Daphne Guinness, Stephen Jones, Colette, Fred Perry, Speedo, H&M, Supreme, Moncler, and many others, ranging from the worlds of streetwear to swimwear to fne fragrance. And with each opening of a Dover Street Market, in London, Japan, Beijing, and now New York, Jofe and Kawakubo have seized the opportunity to support an emerging designer, be it through production, installation, or by merely stocking a line. “[We] buy their clothes, give spaces for events and installations, do collaborations, and with some, like Gosha Rubchinskiy and Andre Walker, help with production and distribution,” Jofe says. “I think we encourage creation and emerging talent simply by

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being who we are, by example. We prove that by working hard and believing in creation, you can succeed. With DSM, we have been able to give something concrete by giving space to young designers to express themselves and buying young designer collections.” Craig Green, a London-based menswear designer who stunned fashion cognoscenti with a breakout collection in June, is one such benefciary of the duo’s multipronged guidance. “They’re really like no other company,” Green says. “They are incredibly open to suggestion and encourage things to be as pushed and as extreme as possible. It’s a huge pleasure to work on any project with Dover Street Market, and massively liberating to work without constraint. It’s always been a dream store for me. It was a big thing when I found out my collection would be supported there.” At a time when there are more prizes for young designers than ever before—the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, LVMH Prize, ANDAM, the International Woolmark Prize, and new Swarovski Collective Prize for Innovation, to name only a handful—Jofe and Kawakubo’s intuitive and less rigid approach ofers a refreshing alternative to what has become a competitive climate in the industry. “There is no grand plan with us,” Jofe says. “There are no ground rules. Something comes along, it feels right, and we do it if we can. Each time is diferent.” The community that has formed as a result of this unconventional strategy goes back to a belief long held by the duo in the “interdependence of fashion.” Jofe explains: “We are nothing alone; it’s all connected. The way our company has evolved, in a way, shows this. We have little shops, big shops, permanent and temporary, small concepts and big concepts. Maybe we show that there are many ways to succeed and they are all connected under one overriding philosophy. That perhaps shows, by example, the various paths that are possible if you stick to your values.”


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Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is no stranger to the wonderful world of Kawakubo and Jofe, having previously collaborated with Comme des Garçons many times, most recently on the design of the brand’s store in Aoyama, Tokyo, and on a backpack inspired by the children who perished in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008. “It has always been an interesting and exciting experience,” Weiwei writes from Beijing, where he remains all but imprisoned by travel restrictions and under government surveillance for his criticism and beliefs. “Rei Kawakubo is a person who has always supported and fostered unique ideas.” When the idea came to feature the current generation of CDG-approved talents, Weiwei was an ideal choice to interpret their work. Soon enough, garments by 14 designers were on their way to Beijing. “I was very impressed by the pieces sent to us by the designers,” the artist says. Craig Green, Ganryu, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Hood By Air, Jacquemus, KTZ, Lee Roach, Melitta Baumeister, Noir, Phoebe English, Proper Gang, Shaun Samson, Sibling, and 1205 were each tapped for inclusion. “I think all of the designers hold very unique perspectives, and it was interesting to see the diferent approaches to the human form.” Casting his own studio personnel and friends as models, the artist was inspired to reference his 2006 Colored Vases sculptures. “I treated Neolithic and Han Dynasty–era vases as ready-made objects and painted them so they existed in a contradictory condition,” he explains. Shot in a metal-casting factory in Songzhuang, on the outskirts of Beijing, the resulting images (shown here) pay homage to each garment’s silhouette. “Pouring a color on an outft creates a new condition for the design,” Weiwei says. “It creates a midpoint between two conficting ideas. Gravity and the shape of the clothes

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combine to create a unique moment. Using these cultural products as ready-mades celebrates and reinterprets the intention of creativity. I think this act shows my respect toward their creativity.” Incidentally, this project mirrors its forebear in at least one unplanned way: “For the last ten years, these 14 colors have existed in our studio color chart for the production of Colored Vases,” he explains. “It’s a complete coincidence that we had these 14 colors for exactly 14 outfts.” Given creative carte blanche, Weiwei and his studio executed the project in confdence, and revealed it to Dover Street Market and V as a surprise. Thankfully, the designers were thrilled by what transpired in China, and the pieces will be shown, in their newly painted form, in an exhibition at Dover Street Market this month. As Jofe suggests, the experience aptly refects the spirit of Comme des Garçons. His statement on the artist could easily be applied to each designer in the mix: “True iconoclast. Fuck the world. Punk. Rebel. So much shared spirit.” PATRIK SANDBERG

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LORDE

How would you describe your sound? A big room with a brave kid in it What’s your biggest accomplishment? Not puking on camera Who is your muse? Grace Jones, Bowie, Byrne What are you currently listening to? The Talking Heads and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Who is the next artist to watch? Stromae, for sure. He’s already huge in Europe, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re all bobbing our little heads to him on the radio What is your current obsession? Knitting and dollar stores (lifelong obsession) What’s your style philosophy? If you can’t do large, life-threatening movements, don’t buy it 2014 was…insomnia 2015 will be…HYPERSOMNIA

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How would you describe your sound? Electronic soul What’s your biggest accomplishment? Planning a wedding whilst putting out my second album! Who is your muse? Sade and Bianca Jagger What are you currently listening to? Loads of Kate Bush Who is the next artist to watch? Dornik What is your current obsession? A good white T-shirt What’s your style philosophy? Keep it simple and always have good tailoring 2014 was…absolutely wicked 2015 will be…a whirlwind

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CHARLI XCX

How would you describe your sound? Pop with a raw, wild, emotional edge What’s your biggest accomplishment? Getting to number one with “Fancy” for seven weeks was pretty big. Also dressing up as a cheerleader on national television in America Who is your muse? Rose McGowan, though she’s more of a hero than a muse. Annabella Lwin from Bow Wow Wow is also someone who inspires me Who is the next artist to watch? Ryn Weaver. She’s going to be huge What is your current obsession? Not wearing a bra. Why be tied up when you can just be free? 2014 was…weird 2015 will be…weirder

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HAIM

How would you describe your sound? Living room sounds What’s your biggest accomplishment? Getting to tour the world together! Who is your muse? Our grandma Tootsie and grandma Freda What are you currently listening to? Primal Scream, Cass McCombs, Nina Simone Who is the next artist to watch? Movement What is your current obsession? Pool parties What’s your style philosophy? Wear what PDNHV\RXIHHOFRQƃGHQW 2014 was…mind-blowing 2015 will be…next-level

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How would you describe your sound? Progressive R&B What’s your biggest accomplishment? Completing my debut album, Aquarius Who is your muse? Michael Jackson What are you currently listening to? PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO Who is the next artist to watch? I recently wrote with this girl from Atlanta. Her name is Tasha. She is super-talented What is your current obsession? Shake Shack. It’s my current, past, and future obsession 2014 was…a year of preparation 2015 will be…a year of global domination

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How would you describe your sound? Right before dawn, before the dreamer wakes up What’s your biggest accomplishment? Finishing the spiderweb that was my album was all I asked for. Playing the Apollo Theater was the cherry on top What are you currently listening to? Igor Stravinsky, especially good while reading Who is the next artist to watch? Amason and Tussilago, both on my own label, Ingrid What’s your style philosophy? Be the man you want to marry 2014 was…the blossoming of the fower 2015 will be…the ripening of the vine

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What’s your biggest accomplishment? Hopefully the world will hear about it soon Who is your muse? Struggle What are you currently listening to? Little Dragon. I don’t listen to much music. I guess it’s a gift and a curse because I’m not RYHUO\LQƄXHQFHGE\DQ\WKLQJFXUUHQWDQGDW the same time I never know what’s going on What is your current obsession? Swimming What’s your style philosophy? If you can’t wear it without thinking about it, don’t wear it 2014 was…painful 2015 will be…worth it

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