Carey Mulligan For W Magazine January 2012

Carey Mulligan wears just a Nina Ricci raffia tweed jacket and cotton bra on the cover of the January 2012 issue of W magazine.

The tagline for the issue is appropriately title “Carey Mulligan: Naughty But Nice – The star of Shame sheds her good-girl image.”

Carey’s high dramatically editorial, shot by Michael Thompson was given a 60s theatrical styling treatment by Edward Enninful.

The editorial sees her wearing Louis Vuitton, the one person who I hope will bring this Spring 2012 collection alive on the red carpet, Prada, Miu Miu, Jean Paul Gaultier and Rochas.

In her interview the British actress talks about nude scenes and her unsettling and haunting new film, ‘Shame’.

Here are some extracts.

On her nude scene: “I’ve never, never been naked in a film before; I’ve been topless once or twice, but always in sort of very innocent ways. And I’ve always been sort of staunchly feminist about it, I’ve never relished the idea of doing it, and never if it was inappropriate or gratuitous in any way. But I just felt it was absolutely right; that’s exactly who she was. She wanted to be seen, she’s an exhibitionist and she’s provocative.”

On feeling confident playing a character who didn’t worry about her appearance: “I didn’t have to worry about what I ate, or how much I drank, and I didn’t have to work out. She was an alcoholic mess. She didn’t have any money to dye her hair. I mean I didn’t become an alcoholic, but I didn’t have to watch myself. It was so much more exciting to play that character that didn’t worry about her appearance in any way. I knew that when I stood up in that bath naked it wasn’t about whether I looked good naked or not. It was about who she was.”

On playing the suicide attempt scene: “I was sitting there and this fake blood was pumping out of my arms and I was in this completely hopeless state with a kitchen knife next to me. And it was horrible, it was really horrible and I wasn’t expecting it, it was a complete surprise, and I felt awful. It sounds so pretentious, but it just made me feel horrible. I felt devastated and I felt so sad. And I’m fine. I’m great and well adjusted and everything’s cool, but just the idea of being that helpless and that lonely, it was just really sad. I got into the taxi at the end of the day and I couldn’t stop crying.”

Louis Vuitton’s white embroidered silk organza collar and leather dress. Mikimoto 18k yellow gold and Akoya cultured pearl earrings

Jean Paul Gaultier’s cotton top and skirt. Mikimoto 18k yellow gold and Akoya cultured pearl earrings; Etro bag

Prada’s silk chiffon dress. Tacori 18k yellow gold and prasiolite earrings and ring

Rochas’s blue polyester and polyamide sweater. Tom Ford sunglasses; Tacori 18k yellow gold and rose quartz earrings

Miu Miu’s cream canvas top. Tacori 18k yellow gold and rose quartz earrings

Emmy Rossum's Rebecca Taylor Printed Silk-Chiffon Dress

Emmy Rossum’s Rebecca Taylor Printed Silk-Chiffon Dress

Sidewalk Style: Evan Rachel Wood In Roland Mouret

Sidewalk Style: Evan Rachel Wood In Roland Mouret

31 Responses to Carey Mulligan For W Magazine January 2012

  1. Jen December 15, 2011 at 01:15 #

    I love the way they’ve quiffed her hair on the cover and with the chipmunk. I’m not nuts about the bra on the cover, either, but it’s a beautiful shot in terms of light, colour and texture.

  2. Li December 14, 2011 at 15:06 #

    Chipmuuuunk!!!!! Sorry, but that jumped out at me and it’s just so cute!

    Otherwise, I love the play of light and shadow in the 2 B&W photos.

  3. Jess2 December 13, 2011 at 10:36 #

    She is so amazingly beautiful. I like the cover because I am not drawn to what she is wearing which removes the tackiness of wearing just a bra, but it is her face that is the focal point – so beautiful. love the editorial shots!!

  4. Ayesha Fatima December 13, 2011 at 08:23 #


  5. manja December 13, 2011 at 07:50 #

    I love it.My fav is 4th look,but all are gorg.

  6. roxana December 13, 2011 at 07:27 #

    everything is perfect!

  7. b December 13, 2011 at 05:15 #

    Wow she’s one stunning creature!

    Love love love ths photo shoots. The styling is amazing

  8. Drew December 13, 2011 at 03:49 #

    The LV shot remind me of twiggy, everything is beautiful!!!!!!!!!

  9. TeaAtTwo December 13, 2011 at 00:52 #

    The editorial is great – it does so well in conveying a story just through photos.

  10. GGG December 12, 2011 at 23:21 #

    She is stunning!

  11. Sabrina December 12, 2011 at 21:06 #

    What a pretty cover!

  12. robbie December 12, 2011 at 21:04 #

    she looks like a mannequin on the cover. the editorial though is fantastic.

    • DivaDebbi (Beauty and Fashion Blog) December 13, 2011 at 00:23 #

      +1. I sat and stared at it on my kitchen table and didn’t know who I was looking at, though I thought whoever it was looked incredible. The editorial is amazing.

  13. Regina December 12, 2011 at 20:30 #

    Stunning and so classy. I love her.

  14. couturecoco December 12, 2011 at 18:33 #

    Wow beautiful! I just fell in love – with the Prada dress!

  15. Emi December 12, 2011 at 18:28 #

    Massive use of photoshop for the cover, they change her features, so much.

    • Paddy M December 12, 2011 at 19:35 #

      I agree, but every magazine going these days over-photoshops its covers, so I’m past caring.

      • Emi December 12, 2011 at 20:45 #

        I think that sometimes it’s annoying, most of all on very young people; there’s no need to modify so much a photo (in my opinion), that’s why I wrote the comment. And I don’t understand why the cover only while in the editorial she looks herself…

    • Lara December 12, 2011 at 19:44 #

      I actually thought the opposite. She is actually recognisable, and the shot is flawless

      • andrea December 12, 2011 at 19:58 #

        No, its way over-photo shopped. It barely looks like her.

        • gurlygurl December 13, 2011 at 02:43 #

          The picture is very beautiful but it’s not quite her. I think she’s stunning and doesn’t need anything changed. I do love the pictures purely from an artistic point though… in reality it could have been any pretty blonde girl with cropped hair with all that editing. Such a shame, her quirks are lost. She reminds me so much of Twiggy!

  16. Goodie December 12, 2011 at 18:27 #

    she’s gorgeous!

  17. Iris December 12, 2011 at 18:24 #

    love it!

  18. Rebecca Z December 12, 2011 at 18:21 #

    She looks amazing. Especially that cover shot.

  19. Kim December 12, 2011 at 18:19 #

    Love the prada

  20. EmmaWoodhouse December 12, 2011 at 18:07 #

    I don’t like the cover–a bra, really? It feels tacky to me. But everything else is so classy, chic, and cute–particularly the Louis Vuitton shot and the one with the chipmunk. 🙂

    • dee December 12, 2011 at 20:41 #

      I agree.

    • karine December 12, 2011 at 21:04 #

      Tacky? How is it tacky? I see it as so classic and chic and pretty and not sexual at all. I love this cover shot personally

      • smolls December 13, 2011 at 23:52 #

        I totally agree — I think she looks gorgeous on the cover, bra & all…

  21. maria December 12, 2011 at 18:06 #

    i am not a fan of the cover. Even though it’s very innocent, a bra is a bra.
    I love the editiorial shots especially the Jean Gaultier and the Prada dress look better on her than on the runway.

  22. Sharon December 12, 2011 at 18:06 #

    She should grab hold of Edward Enninful and never let go. I’ve never seen her look so good. Just beautiful!

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