The Desire Issue —

Penelope Cruz is the second Pedro Almodóvar regular to cross the Atlantic and crack Hollywood. She is the epitome of contemporary Spanish chic. The sultry face on the cover of Interview’s March issue, inside, we soon learn the Ms Cruz has learnt that having the credentials as a serious ‘art house’ actress should not stand in the way of becoming a full-blown sex symbol. Other Edition’s tips… ‘Project Front Row’ turns the tables –and literally the cameras- on the movers and shakers of international fashion, to produce an immaculately styled and photographed photo essay on who’s who in the current firmament of fashion heaven. The fashionissimo of fashionista. Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr is reinvented as a latter day Rocky, a fighter struggling against unusual odds, styled by Karl Templer and photographed by Craig McDean to accompany a telling interview by Jonathan Ames. Tim Blank’s interview with Tomas Maier , the thoughtful German vision behind Bottega Veneta. Maier returns to a pared down simplicity that we often associate with North European designers whilst entirely relishing the grandeur of a structural approach reminiscent of the Japanese avant-garde who revolutionized fashion in the 1980’s.

    The Desire Issue –
    December 2009 187 Pages 0 Minutes of audio 3 Minutes of video
    In This Issue –
    Jake Abel Lea Seydoux Eliot Spitzer 50 Cent Simon Spurr Penelope Cruz Floyd Mayweather Project Front Row Tom Ford Rated Art Tomas Maier French Girls Lily Cole
    Editorial Director –
    Fabien Baron
    Editor in Chief –
    Stephen Mooallem
    Creative Director –
    Karl Templer
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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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