Marion Cotillard —

Top class interviews are the building blocks of Interview’s DNA and the August issue reasserts the magazine’s genetic footprint: Nicole Kidman interviews French screen siren Marion Cottillard; Alison Gingeras interviews the distinguished Japanese artist Takashi Murakami; and neuroscience guru Dr V. S. Ramachandran gets inside the mind of Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D., assisted in the operation by Dimitri Ehrlich. Pharrell Williams is a bit of a renaissance man who reinvented rap for a sophisticated music audience and the interview is accompanied by a freestyle portrait photoessay by Craig McDean, styled by Karl Templer. Furthermore, the issue also offers the second part of Peter M. Brant and Tony Shafrazi’s last ever interview with recently deceased legend Dennis Hopper.

In addition to all of this meaty content, the issue is particularly strong on fashion. Craig McDean’s fashion story, styled by Karl Templer, is called ‘Modern Love’. It unfolds at satisfying length, offering an updated nod to Bowie circa the Ziggy Stardust and Berlin years, all lean glamrock in today’s brands du jour. There is also an interview with designer Christopher Bailey. While Rosie Hungtington-Whiteley’s interview gets down to brass tacks with Yorkshire lad responsible for reinventing Burberry’s classic English style, Craig McDean’s photos and Karl Templer’s styling illustrate Bailey’s work in motion in the Burbery Prorsum AW10 collection.

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    August 2010 126 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 0 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Marion Cotillard N.E.R.D Modern Love Dennis Hopper Takashi Murakami Christopher Bailey Michael Cera Lorraine Nicholson Alex Pettyfer Hangry & Angry Hurts Jean Touitou
    Editorial Director –
    Fabien Baron
    Editor In Chief –
    Stephen Mooallem
    Creative Director –
    Karl Templer
    Art Director –
    Aurelie Pellissier
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Our Take —

Interview is in a category all of its own. Originating as Andy Warhol’s ultimate Pop Art gesture –the vehicle through which Andy might provide everyone with those legendary fifteen minutes of fame- Interview has managed to negotiate the tricky responsibility for any magazine originating as an art work. And it has largely prospered and triumphed in its salubrious history since its first appearance in 1969. Understandably tightly controlled by Warhol and his acolytes until nearly the end of the famed artist’s life, Interview has been kept on track by the same publishing house that acquired the title in 1987 shortly after Warhol’s death.

Living up to the singular spirit, flair and visual power of a magazine once produced by an artist famed for his stark, direct portraiture and his equally creative gang of collaborators can never be an easy task. Yet, somehow, even without Warhol, Interview has managed to encapsulate that very specific heady mix of celebrity, art, fashion, film and, needless to say, interviews. Interview continues to read like a who’s who of the hip and cool, a very particular publication built on the long experience of time spent at the coal face of chic.

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