Trendsetter: Interview’s August Issue Is Worth the Wait

A question runs through my mind whenever I see someone reading a magazine, which is: ‘What are you thinking right now?’

There are the people who flip straight to the back, eager to escape into fashion fantasy, and readers who start at the first advertisement, putting their noses right up to each scent-strip.

I open Interview right down the middle each time I get a new issue.  With so much to see, I volley the pages right, then left.

Do I want to read the second installment of Dennis Hopper’s last interview?  Is it a faux-pas to go straight to Patrick McMullan’s Society page?  Always late to reach the stands, the August issue has just arrived, and it was worth the wait.

If you’ve been reading Interview since the re-design, you may mistake the gloomy but gorgeous Marion Cotillard for the rather boring previous Jay-Z or Madonna covers. 

Open up the issue, however, and you’ll see Cotillard at her most beautiful.  Wearing ultra feminine Alberta Ferretti frocks and silky Dior sheaths, Mikael Jansson captures Cotillard in a light that can only be described as what one would imagine she likes to be shown in. 

She wears a single gold ring – hers, of course – throughout the spread, solidifying the “less is more” ethos of high fashion.

I hate to admit my own reluctance to animal prints; a girl I looked up to in high-school wore killer leopard flats, but I haven’t been able to commit to the look some eight years later. 

Interview says it’s a must for fall, but suggests not wearing it head-to-toe.  If you skipped rent to pay for your Fendi Peek-A-Boo bag last year (I’m not judging you, really), then I urge you to skip page 47. 

Fendi is re-launching the Classico handbag line, originally created by Karl Lagerfeld at the dawn of his Fendi stint in the 60’s. 

There are six styles to choose from, and all versions of the logo fabric and leather bags look lovely.

There are two models that, to me, define our era.  Lara Stone and Freja Beja. 

Both are so unconventionally beautiful, so absolutely chameleon-like, that I find myself looking for the small print at the bottom. 

Is that really her? I wondered about Freja in Craig McDean’s “Modern Love” spread. 

The answer is yes, and this time she looks like the product of one heavy conversation between Betty from Mad Men and Edie Sedgwick from the Factory days. 

It’s smokey eyes and pinned-back bangs, but the “modern” bit might be stuck between the tongue and the cheek in this spread.  Freja’s short teased ‘do is a throwback to 60’s glamour, indeed.

Interview really should come with its own soundtrack, but until it does, enjoy Daphne Guinness’ article on the Japanese goth-pop duo Hangry & Angry, to get a taste of what – besides the entire wardrobe of late editor Isabella Blow that she just bought – appeals to this fashion icon.