13.11.13

Jessica Chastain for Vogue US December 2013

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Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain covers the December 2013 issue of American Vogue, which is, surprisingly, her first cover for the mag.

Annie Leibovitz captures Jessica as she recreates classic paintings wearing Alexander Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and Alexander McQueen. Even the cover is art-inspired as Jessica wears a yellow Theory by Theyskens gown evoking the image of Frederic Leighton’s famous ‘Flaming June’ painting.

She talks to Vogue about her life and how she’s very shy, and her best friend Jess Weixler talks about the star’s strong work ethic.

You can read some extracts below or go to Vogue.com. The December issue hits newsstands November 19.

On her life: “My life has gone, you know, a little wonderful and crazy.”

On her confidence: “I did not feel like a beautiful woman that people would kill each other for. Jessica – who I am in my personal life – I’m very shy, I feel very awkward, I don’t feel like a femme fatale at all.”

Jess Weixler, her best friend from Juilliard, on young Jessica: “She’s always been unbelievably focused. It used to drive the guys crazy. ‘Why won’t Jessica stay up late?’ There were a few times when I was like: I can’t believe she’s waking up on a Saturday to go to an extra class.”

Credit: Annie Leibovitz for Vogue

17.10.13

Kate Winslet For Vogue US November 2013

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Kate Winslet graces the cover of the November 2013 issue of American Vogue – shot by Mario Testino – wearing a Donna Karan black jersey dress and a Duro Olowu metallic silk-jacquard cape.

Looking windswept and gorgeous, the pregnant star flaunts her baby bump in yet more black dresses, allowing the vibrant coloured or printed coats to be the main attraction.

Kate talks to the mag about her new projects, new baby, and her new husband.

Here are some extracts from Vogue her interview.

On how she runs her household: “You know what? Of course I could have a cook, of course I could have a housekeeper, of course I could have a full-time personal trainer. But I choose not to because that is not what I want my children to be exposed to. I remember my mother cooking and that’s being a parent, and that’s what I want to do.”

On her kids: “Of course they have lovely relationships with their dads, but they don’t go and live with them for a week and come to me for a week and go to their dads for a week. They’ve always been with me. They don’t go from pillar to post. They’re not flown here and there with nannies. That’s never happened.”

On her favourite actress: “I’d probably say Meryl, obviously Meryl.”

The magazine hits newsstands on October 22.

Credit: Mario Testino for Vogue

13.08.13

Jennifer Lawrence for Vogue US September 2013

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It’s been a long time coming, but Jennifer Lawrence finally graces the cover of American Vogue for their coveted September 2013 issue wearing Calvin Klein.

The ‘Hunger Games’ heroine and Academy-Award-winning actress was captured by Mario Testino wearing Fall 2013 pieces from Dolce & Gabbana, Rochas, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton. Surprisingly, no Dior.

In the mag, which hits newsstands August 20, Jennifer opens up about fans, saying that while she’s grateful for her opportunities she had trouble adjusting to the attention. She also talks about choosing to do Hunger Games, the paparazzi, and fame.

You can read more over at Vogue.com, or check out the extracts below.

On choosing to do the Hunger Games films: “When Winter’s Bone was getting nominated, I had only done indies, and suddenly I was introduced to this brand-new world where I didn’t feel like myself. I was in these weird gowns and listening to people talk about things I didn’t understand. And I remember reading that in the book and being like, Oh, my God, I know exactly what this feels like. I don’t know what it’s like to get ready for your death, but I do know what it’s like to be almost a puppet. And then when I was making the second film, I had become more acquainted with that world, and I think that’s something that Katniss experiences. She is different when she comes back. She does feel more comfortable in the Capitol; she understands the people more, and it’s not as eerie and scary and unfamiliar. She kind of knows how to work the system.”

On the paparazzi: “If I were just your average 23-year-old girl and I called the police to say that there were strange men sleeping on my lawn and following me to Starbucks, they would leap into action. But because I am a famous person, well, sorry, ma’am, there’s nothing we can do. It makes no sense… I am just not OK with it. It’s as simple as that. I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven’t been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal. I’m not going to find peace with it.”

On deciding to be an actress: “I know it sounds so stupid, but it was kind of like I finally found something people were telling me I was good at, which I had never heard, ever. And that was a big reason why my parents let me do this. One time, my mom was on the phone with my dad, saying, ‘We’re paying for therapy and all this medication, and we don’t need it when she’s here. She’s happy.’ ”

On fame: “It’s just that I’m still getting used to everything. It still makes me a little emotional, just to see how quickly everything kind of changes… that it changes so fast. So I’ve kind of been a big homebody lately. But I think eventually, one of these days, I guess when the next franchise starts and I’m not in it, and the new Jennifer Lawrence is born, then I’ll be able to go outside.”

Credit: Mario Testino for Vogue

13.08.13

Victoria Beckham for Vogue Australia September 2013

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Victoria Beckham graces the cover of Vogue Australia’s September 2013 issue, captured by Boo George, which sees the designer wearing a Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 dress which she loved so much she wore it again to the Wimbledon Men’s finals.

From entertainer, to mother, to entrepreneur creating one of the most exciting fashion labels today, Victoria talks to the mag about her husband’s retirement, her after-work schedule, and her first collection presentation woes.

The mag hits newsstands August 19; here are a few extracts.

On her husband’s career: “We’re so proud of David. Having supported him at clubs all over the world for the past 15 years and seen how he has been an inspiration not just to me and the children, but also to millions of people. We are now just really excited at the prospect of spending more time as a family.”

On her after-work schedule: “Honestly, once the children are in bed, I’d rather work or shove on a face pack and pluck my eyebrows. By the time Brooklyn’s finally gone to bed, it’s all I’m fit for. Really, we’re much more normal than people think.”

On her first collection’s presentation woes: “Everyone would file in and act so inscrutable. I’d think, ‘Um, did anyone like it?’ No one would say anything, so I’d just gabble to fill the embarrassing silence – even to the Japanese, who didn’t understand a word I was saying.”

Credit: Boo George for Vogue Australia

15.07.13

Claire Danes for Vogue US August 2013

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Claire Danes graces the cover of American Vogue’s August 2013 issue wearing a Burberry Prorsum Fall 2013 trench coat with a gabardine body overlaid with a rubber rain shield, gun flaps and sleeves.

The editorial, which was shot by Annie Leibovitz, features Claire with her ‘Homeland’ co-star Damian Lewis in what looks like actual scenes from the show.

With the main difference being Carrie has traded in her boring black pantsuits for a grey Victoria Beckham dress, a sexy backless Calvin Klein frock, a chic Hermes coat, a sleek Narciso Rodriguez gown and a racy red Donna Karan sheath.

In her interview, Claire shares details of her comeback after having trouble landing roles following her award-winning role in ‘Temple Grandin’, for which she won Best Actress awards at the Emmys, Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as talking about becoming a mom and meeting Barack Obama.

You can the whole interview over at Vogue.com. Here are some extracts.

On the worldwide popularity of Homeland: “We have a phenomenal number of illegal downloads in Lebanon.”

On not finding work for two years following ‘Temple Grandin’: “It was confusing. I got a lot of plaudits, and it didn’t translate into more work. I was really, really struggling during that time. After a while you have to start to doubt yourself. It was grim. I was very hurt. Two years of not working was brutal. And a point came where I thought, I really like interior design. Someone suggested, ‘Maybe your real success is in your personal life.’”

On attending the Golden Globes as a new mom: “I went on the red carpet, went upstairs, fed Cyrus. Went into the ceremony, got the award, went back to feed Cyrus, went out again. . . . Then it was ‘Now you meet the president.’ I had these new boobs; I’m wearing a big Jessica Rabbit dress, and I’d been living in sweat pants for so long. . . . It was strange. It was dreamy, surrounded by my parents and my husband. It was one of the best nights of my life because of this perfect mash-up.”

On today’s female movie stars: “I’m so impressed by Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan. They have this exquisite taste. They are very gifted in their ability to make great choices. I didn’t have that rudder. There’s the movie star that plays herself and the movie star like Meryl [Streep] that has this wonderful, glamorous persona intact and is undone every time she takes on a new character. I think I’m astounded and titillated by that.”

Credit: Annie Leibovitz for American Vogue