Every year, it’s an unavoidable ritual for any self-respecting fashion enthusiast or professional to get hold of the famous September issue. An indispensable compass for navigating the meanders of trends and sniffing out designers’ universal muse: the aptly named zeitgeist.
Once again this year, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, GQ and consorts spoil us with the most desirable cover stars.
Let’s take a closer look at an issue that, in 130 years for the first, has never ceased to surprise us.
And we start with Elle US, which has chosen Zendaya as its cover girl. To coincide with the release of Luca Guadagnino’s film Challengers, the actress star of the Dune films and the Euphoria series appears under the eye of photographer Steven Klein in deep-sea superwoman mode.
Zendaya wears pieces by Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari, Dundas, Michael Kors Collection, Christian Louboutin, Ralph Lauren Collection, Valentino and Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson and Celine by Hedi Slimane.
In the issue, Zendaya gets the chance to talk about Tashi, her character in the upcoming film Challengers. “I still don’t understand the decisions she makes, and we’ve had many conversations about her psychology and why she is the way she is. What was important to me was that she didn’t apologize for it. Sometimes characters who are messy, conflicted and wield power over other people are reserved for [actors] who don’t look like me, so when I get the opportunity to play a character like that, I take it!”
The woman who plays the mythical Venus de Milo in the current Lancôme x Le Louvre capsule collection also confides in us about fame. She says, “After the last Spider-Man and the last season of Euphoria, there was a visceral change. Before, I could get away with going places and getting in and out. But in Boston, I ended up going straight home, because it was really too stimulating.” He adds, “It’s about keeping the peace and letting things be their own, but also not being afraid to exist. You can’t hide. It’s not funny either. I’m navigating through it more than ever”.
Front page photo: © Vogue