Leading imagePhotography by Craig McDean, styling by Katie Shillingford
“Our obsessions are with the actors, musicians, artists and fashion designers who fight pedestrians and take risks, even if it might provoke outrage,” writes the editor-in-chief Suzanne Frankel of the numbers that fill the sides of Fall/Winter 2022 issue of AnOther Magazine. Here are just a few highlights from an issue celebrating passionate, obsessive minds who dare to swim against the tide – the obsessed, the obsessed.
1. Ana de Armas is electrifying in her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the visceral film adaptation of Joyce Carol Oate’s novel Blonde. “It’s uncompromising and bold and feminist,” the fearless Cuban-born actress tells Hannah Lack in New York, revealing her personal obsession with Monroe and her troubled relationship with fame—both Marilyn’s and her own. For the cover of AnOther, de Armas morphs into his own pinup, photographed by Craig McDean and styled by Katie Schillingford.
2. “I stand for individuality,” says the Compton-born musical prodigy Steve Lacy in a casual chat with Ted Stansfield about legacy, love, art in the algorithm and his latest album Gemini Rights. A kaleidoscopic portfolio captures Lacy’s eclectic personality, photographed by Joshua Woods and styled by Ellie Grace Cumming.
3. To celebrate their tenth album Fossorashapeshifting avant-pop icon Bjork talks to celebrated author and poet Ocean Vuong in an honest and moving conversation about life, death and motherhood. Bjork is photographed in all their majestic splendor by Nick Knight and dressed by Alessandro Michele by Gucci. “One very beautiful thing that happens when you get my age is … your mind starts throwing away all the shit that doesn’t matter,” she says.
4. “I need freedom to be myself,” says fashion’s ultimate disruptor Rei Kawakubo by Comme des Garçons in a rare interview with Susannah Frankel while photographing her latest collection inspired by the black rose – to Kawakubo, a symbol of freedom Harley weir and styled by Robbie Spencer.
5. The uncompromising John Galliano returned to the stage for his Fall/Winter 2022 Maison Margiela Artisanal collection: literally via a theatrical production written by the designer himself and realized in collaboration with the theater company Imitation the Dog. The result? The show of the season, a dark romance with a spectacular cast of muses complemented by the power and grace of the clothing on display. Samples are captured by Willy Vanderperre and styled by Olivier Rizzo alongside a revealing interview in which Galliano shares the layers of meaning behind his theatrical extravagance. “It comes from the heart,” he says.
6. Dive into Valentino Pink PP – a special shade of pink invented by a designer Pierpaolo Picciolishot by Nadine Jewere and styled by Katie Schillingford. Alexander Fury talks creativity, strength and reinventing Valentino for the trials and tribulations of the 21st century with the Italian couturier at the Valentino salons in Paris and Rome. “Hope and creativity are the only things we have to shatter the darkness of the moment,” he says.
7. Discover a trio of subversive visions that challenge the fashion status quo: iconic New York labels Vaquerainsurgent British designer S.S. Daley and Hunrod, Michele Lamy and Lori Rodkin’s talismanic jewelry brand, all photographed by Marton Perlaki and styled by Chloe Grace Press.
8th. Fall/Winter season obsessions are captured by some of the world’s most innovative image-makers and fashion talents – including Alasdair McLellan and Marie Chaix, Philip Daniel Ducasse and Nell Kalonji, Hanna Moon and Agata Belcen, Marili Andre and Emma Wyman, Theo De Gueltzl and Raphael Hirsch, Thue Norgaard and Katie Shillingford, Kristin Lee Moolman and Ellie Grace Cumming.
9. Pioneering dancer and choreographer Wayne McGregor takes us into the hidden creative processes of the dance world’s most celebrated practitioners in this special guest edition of Document, featuring personal notebooks, sketches, scribbles and moodboards. “For decades I have been fascinated by the notes taken by dance professionals, their very private and idiosyncratic conversations with themselves,” he says. “Choreographers’ notebooks are intimate windows into the working soul of the dance maker.”
10. AnOther Magazine’s Art Project showcases the Tehran-born, LA-based artist’s bold, playful, and sometimes icky work Tala Madani, captured from their first major poll show at MOCA this fall. A revealing conversation around the kitchen table with her husband, the artist Nathaniel Mellors, spans the joys of inedible art and its messages stranger things. “I’m trying to articulate something off and apart from the western or dominant cultural identifiers of woman,” she says of work worthy of the obsession.
AnOther Magazine’s Fall/Winter 2022 issue is now available internationally. Buy a copy here.