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Lily Gladstone And Leonardo DiCaprio Are British Vogue’s October 2023 Cover Stars
It is an autumn of blockbuster fashion, so what better way to kick things off than with what are sure to be two of the most talked-about films of the season.
The first features perhaps the last true movie star, an actor who has transcended fame to become a colossus of cinema. Leonardo DiCaprio is not often given to appearing in magazines, and so I was especially touched that he agreed to feature on Vogue’s October cover, alongside the extraordinary Lily Gladstone, his co-star in Killers of the Flower Moon.
The toast of Cannes, director Martin Scorsese’s new epic – which is released next month – is thrilling in sweep and timely in subject matter: a revisiting of real events in Osage County, Oklahoma, during the 1920s, where land rights and oil reserves made the Osage the wealthiest per capita population in the world, and the focus of murderous attention by the white inhabitants. As Gladstone, who grew up on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, tells contributing editor Afua Hirsch: “It’s not that long ago that the Reign of Terror happened. I don’t want to label this a western. I’m happy that it’s being labelled a tragedy.”
Our shoot day in New York with photographer Craig McDean (which predated the SAG-Aftra strike) was a special one. Lily was keen to spotlight Native designers, which was exciting for me on styling duties, and for Leonardo his mission was simple: “I just want to see Lily shine,” he told me. Playing a married couple, caught within the insidious darkness of white oppression, the pair’s chemistry is electric, while the story’s lessons echo through to today. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Meanwhile, in a dark, sexy pivot to the upper-class toxicity of the 2000s, comes Emerald Fennell’s new arthouse thriller, Saltburn, starring the astonishing Barry Keoghan and man of the moment Jacob Elordi. Also before the SAG-Aftra strike, Venetia Scott photographed and styled the cast in a modern ode to aristo style. Looking at the editorial, and watching the film, it is so interesting to look back on the 2000s to see how society has shifted. This intriguing, sensual and shocking movie reminds me of the best of British cult filmmaking.
Blockbuster fashion doesn’t stop on the big screen. From the rebellious insouciance of photographer Rafael Pavarotti’s eye, trained on the streets of London in Punks, to the sleek minimalism captured by Mark Borthwick, there is inspiration for all. I am especially pleased to feature eight brilliant aspiring models, photographed by Charlotte Wales, who are the finalists of our inaugural global model search. I see a great future for all of these exciting new faces and have loved opening up the doors of Vogue to a new generation of talent.
Lastly, I had the enormous pleasure of spending a few hours reminiscing with two fashion legends – photographer Steven Meisel and model Linda Evangelista – about their multi-decade working relationship. Hearing the stories behind some of the most enduring fashion imagery of the past 30 years was a pure joy and I hope their anecdotes and laughter will delight fashion fans everywhere.
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