Your Spring 2018 Horoscope Comes to Life    W magazine, March 2018   In perhaps my silliest and most delightful assignment of the year, I interviewed 13 top models over two days about their rise to fashion domination (looking at you,  Duckie Thot ),  bodies  and  social-media activism , and, of course, their astrological signs. It was, after all, just a couple days before Mercury went retrograde for the first time this year.
   The Story Behind Rodarte's Magical Lookbook Ft. Grimes, Kim Gordon, and More    Dazed, February 2018   For more than a decade, photographer Autumn de Wilde has been the de facto, if not official, documentarian and image-maker for the Los Angeles-based label  Rodarte  and its designers, Kate and Laura Mulleavy. She shot their very first collection, in 2005, inaugurating a creative collaboration that has encompassed fashion campaigns, backstage photography, and chronicles of their cinematic efforts.
   There Was Not a Single Dress at Thom Browne Fall 2017    W magazine, February 2017   Thom Browne based his Fall 2017 collection around a term usually applied to German high art:  Gesumptkunstwerk , or a piece of total art. After being introduced to the word by his partner, Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, Browne hoped to create a totally immersive experience for his expectant audience. “I wanted everyone to feel like they were a part of the show, as opposed to watching the show,” he said backstage following the presentation.
  How Pat Cleveland Has Survived Five Decades in Fashion, From Studio 54 to the Me Too Movement   W magazine, March 2018   When Pat Cleveland was 14 years old, a woman stopped her on the street to ask about her look. Cleveland, then an art student, had designed her own garments: a miniskirt (“pre-Twiggy,” she insisted, but just as mod) and a poplin raincoat, her hair pulled into a high, braided ponytail. That woman was an editor at  Vogue ; she invited Cleveland upstairs to show her designs. “Good clothes opened doors,” Cleveland told me.
   Rising Model Hunter Schafer Is Fighting for the Future of Trans Individuals On and Off the Runway    W magazine, March 2018   In early 2016, Chase Strangio, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, sent a Facebook message to Hunter Schafer, then a 17-year-old student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ high school program. Would she be interested, Strangio wondered, in adding her name as a plaintiff in the ACLU’s lawsuit against the State of North Carolina over House Bill Two?
    Game of Thrones  Actress Rose Leslie, Williamsburg Resident, Proudly Wears Fedoras    W magazine, February 2017   Rose Leslie has a soft spot for florals. It was nearing 7 p.m. on a dreary Sunday evening, and a pair of Joseph Altuzarra’s flower-adorned frocks hung on a rack nearby as a team of hair and makeup artists descended on Leslie to put the finishing touches on her look. In just an hour, the actress, best known for her role as the eminently quotable wildling Ygritte on  Game of Thrones , would make her New York Fashion Week debut, sitting front-row at Altuzarra’s Fall 2017 show, and she already had an ensemble in mind: a soft lilac dress with half sleeves and tiny, delicate flowers weaving up and over, a pair of matching boots, and a grey wool overcoat.
   Meet Johanna Senyk, the Parisian Behind Cult Label Wanda Nylon    W magazine, June 2016   The water was only just receding from the streets of Paris, after days of flooding that caused the Seine to rise higher than it had in 30 years, when designer Johanna Senyk rang me over Skype in early June. It might not have been a fortuitous coincidence, exactly, but it felt relevant, given that Senyk’s label, Wanda Nylon, entered the market in 2012 as a rainwear brand—and given that it was pouring rain where I sat in New York.
   Erykah Badu on Pyer Moss's Honest Activism    Interview magazine, February 2016   When it debuted in 1961, Frantz Fanon's  The Wretched of the Earth  was censored by the French government. Borne of Fanon's observations of the French presence in Algeria, in  The Wretched of the Earth , the Martiniquais philosopher describes the psychological effects of systematic oppression on a marginalized population. “Because it is a systematized negation of the other, a frenzied determination to deny the other any attribute of humanity, colonialism forces the colonized to constantly ask the question: ‘Who am I in reality?’” he writes.
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