“I went from thinking, ‘I don’t have a story’ to ‘Oh, wait, I have 100 stories.’ And I think a lot of people are having these reckonings with themselves.”-Natalie Portman
This season is a tale of two halves, the diva and the demure… or why not both? PORTER explores the flamboyant and the understated in Spring fashion: from daring or more discreet versions of the LBD; to the essential trench, whether simple or embellished. We’re inspired by Princess Diana’s coquettish, regal allure; Catherine Deneuve’s seductive but elegant film-noir style in The Hunger; and legendary costume designer Bob Mackie, who talks about creating showstopping look-at-me dresses for icons such as Cher, Madonna and Marilyn.
Proving that it’s always the quiet ones who are the real forces to be reckoned with, Hollywood chameleon Natalie Portman strikes the balance between sincerity, levity and finesse, whether on screen, on the red carpet, or speaking out for equality – and is captured in all her complexity for this issue’s cover. Similarly, the groundbreaking director Ava DuVernay, only the third woman ever to direct a $100million-plus movie (Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time), talks with humor, lightness and effervescence about rewriting cinema history. And the multi-hyphenate Alexa Chung shares why she’s focusing on fashion design, how she fell for Tarzan, and whether she’d ever date a girl – refusing to be defined by labels.
Meanwhile, revamp your beauty regime with new ways to work out, fast and reset your skin. Plus, we celebrate the sensuous and spiritual culture of Southeast Asia, in a travel special filled with Eastern wonder.