Su and I have been obsessed with the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue since its inception in 1995 (quick note: Oscar nominees and likely winners for best lead and supporting actress Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette are two of the women featured on the first Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue cover). A line-up of the most beautiful, popular performers of the year is too good to resist, and we would eagerly await the tri-fold cover each year, fold it out (or in the past few years, refresh the page) and delight or dismay in the choices of cover-stars. There have been a few misses, especially over the past few years, but the majority of the issues are memorable and timeless. Inside each issue, portraits of celebrities are featured and photographed by popular photographers. I believe Annie Leibovitz has shot every cover, including this year’s. This year’s portfolio is shot by British portrait photographer Jason Bell and features only popular British actors (even though the cover definantly features three American actors). While I’m not personally familiar with a lot of the performers, and I’m not totally on board with some of the people featured, and of course I have an angrily scribbled list of people who were overlooked (“WHERE’S IDRIS?” Su exclaimed), the actual photos are gorgeous; it’s always so refreshing to see a talented photographer who isn’t especially well known receive a spotlight this big.
Last night was like a flashback to our hard drives from 2002 with some old favorites like Salma Hayek, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts, plus some of our new favorites like Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o and Lana Del Rey. Though the overall look was kinda dullsville, there were a few that managed to take a risk and thusly stood out in the parade of pastel column dresses. Amy Adams was in Versace, Naomi Watts in Gucci, Diane Kruger – Emilia Wickstead, Emily Blunt – Michael Kors, Tina Fey – Antonio Berardi, Amy Poehler – Stella McCartney, Jessica Chastain – Atelier Versace, Julianne Moore – Givenchy, Ruth Wilson – Prada and Kate Hudson in Versace.
W Magazine’s annual Great Performances portfolio is by British photographer Tim Walker this year, who infuses the portraits with wit and whimsy as only he can. The list of performers includes new faces like David Oyelowo and Carmen Ojogo as well as some past favorites, all of whom gave beautiful, nuanced performances this year that are earning them acclaim.
Amy Adams is the cover star of the December issue of Vogue US. Shot by Annie Leibovitz, the cover is a holiday delight. Inside are three beautiful images of Amy Adams and Tim Burton re-imagining the film The Red Shoes. The shots are a perfect macabre fairytale, merging Leibovitz’s talent for re-imagining iconic moments in film with Amy’s grace and Burton’s spooky impishness. Amy stars alongside Christoph Waltz in Burton’s up-coming film Big Eyes, which I personally cannot get on board with, but I do hope it’s a surprise hit and that it swoons me as most Burton films do.
Juergen Teller is a fashion and art photographer originally from Germany who entered the London photography scene through the music industry taking photographs for record covers. It was Teller’s photograph of Sinéad O’Connor for her single Nothing Compares 2 You that was his breakthrough moment. His photographs first appeared in fashion magazines in the late 80s and continues now today with exhibits, books, ad campaigns and celebrity editorials. The raw presentation of the images has become the trademark of his photography, and what sets him apart from the more over processed, photoshop heavy photography.
Amy Adams by Juergen Teller for Love #12, August/September 2014