Michelle Williams —

Seasonal disorientation seems to be in the ether this summer: Interview features a stunning cover of Michelle Williams though it’s hard to ignore the somewhat artic glow of it all. Perhaps they were thinking of May in Alaska. Inside, Vendela Vida gets up close and personal with the enigmatic icon whose particular energy and looks have made her a favourite with art cinema directors as well as those making mainstream blockbusters. About to play Marilyn Monroe, Mikael Jansson’s accompanying shoot, styled by Karl Templer, however, casts Ms Williams’ iconic insouciance more in the direction of Carrol Baker rather than Norma Jean Baker. Michelle Williams, of course, can pull off both.

Fashion certainly gets an ample portion in this particular issue of Interview. There are stunning shoots ranging from Craig McDean’s vision of ‘Strict Elegance’, styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé, that highlights an austere, punkish and very feminine silhouette to Laura Stone re-imagined at the iconic 80’s Fiorucci girl in Mikael Jansson’s seasonal swimwear story, styled by Karl Templer. There are also features on those at the creative helms of top fashion houses such as insider Giancarlo Giammetti’s feature on Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, the creatives responsible for ensuring that Valentino retains its imperial Roman splendour and Milena Canonero’s musings on Belgian wunderkind Oliver Theyskens’ new role as creative director of Theory.

But, Interview wouldn’t be Interview if it didn’t cover all the bases of creative expression. Thus, on the musical front we are treated to Christopher Bollen’s interview with Michael Stipe whose enigmatic persona and distinctive voice defined one era and who is about to launch a new album in a completely different one.

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    In This Issue –
    Michelle Williams State of Grace Eva Green Wild!!! Chris Hemsworth Strict Elegance Michael Stipe Unbound Globalism Here's Looking At Hue Business Casual Character Study
    Editorial Director –
    Fabien Baron
    Creative Director –
    Karl Templer
    Editor In Chief –
    Stephen Mooallem
    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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