The Rihanna Issue —

The R&B pop crossover sensation that is Rihanna blossoms on the cover of the issue of Interview bridging the old year and the new. Nestling amidst a bright bouquet that evokes warm Caribbean nights and the sultry sensations of Latin America we are offered Robyn Rihanna Fenty better known simply as Rihanna. Inside, the full shoot, photographed on location in Paris by Mikael Jansson and styled by Ludivine Poiblanc, that accompanies the extensive interview by rapper and producer Kayne West is all classic chic, grand settings and a very grown-up Rihanna. Think of vintage French glossy shoots. Rihanna is recast as a contemporary Audrey Hepburn in a remake of ‘Funny Face’ for a more sexually permissive society. She flaunts Chanel, Lanvin, Prada, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton and countless other classic labels so fitting for the grand French interiors that form the location.

Other treats in the bumper holiday season issue include an expansive feature on the movers and shakers of Los Angeles’ contemporary art scene that has well and truly come into its own in the last five years and Sofia Coppola’s interview with Stephen Dorff, the star of her most recent film. For those already bored with the cold winter weather, look forward to next summer with the doubly sexy ‘ Double Vision’ fashion story shot by Sølve Sundsbø and styled by Ludivine Poiblanc.

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    In This Issue –
    Flash Dancer Anna sui Ellie Goulding Limoncello Gallery Khu & The Gang Dream Weaver Rihanna Stephen & Sofia Double Vision L.A Art World Elle Fanning The Bride Whisperer
    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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