As we planned our annual Originals issue, everyone on WThe staff at strongly agreed that no one epitomized the theme better than the legendary Dolly Parton. So we were thrilled when Editor-in-Chief Lynn Hirschberg informed us that Parton was on board for a big Chariot story! “). Immediately, Fashion Director Nora Milch, Senior Style Editor Allia Alliata di Montereale and I started conspiring with longtime Parton creative director Steve Summers who regaled us with amazing stories about his life with the American star.We packed Chanel and Louis Vuitton jumpsuits, as well as skirts and collars Gucci wraps, and sent them to Nashville before we arrived so they could be personalized by her personal tailor to Parton’s little hourglass frame.
Parton, who is 75, has been photographed several times, so we knew someone unexpected had to photograph her for us. When I first spoke to director and artist Harmony Korine, he told me he grew up in Nashville and has always loved it. I knew it was a perfect match, and I hope our Superstar blanket, surrounded by vintage Dolly dolls, will make you smile as much as we do. For all her playfulness, Parton is also a serious and determined businesswoman who outlasted virtually every other artist of her generation. In Hirschberg’s profile, we find out that Parton didn’t even slow down during the pandemic, when she worked on a book, snatched a few Emmys, and donated $ 1 million to research the Moderna Covid vaccine. -19.
This issue celebrates all the originalities of director Wes Anderson, who takes us behind the scenes of his new film, The French dispatch (“On Set”), to up-and-coming artist Hugh Hayden, whose work will be shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami next month (“Sharp As a Tack”), to fashion-hardy originals Mary- Kate and Ashley Olsen, who just launched a children’s line under their cult label The Row. Quil Lemons captured groundbreaking model Precious Lee (“She’s the One”), and photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and stylist Max Pearmain revisited looks from Junya Watanabe’s inspirational archive to celebrate the designer’s three decades in fashion (” Junya, Junya, Junya!). And with “Full Speed Ahead”, hairdresser Jawara, as well as his frequent collaborators Rafael Pavarotti, Ibrahim Kamara and Thom Walker, literally blew us away. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jawara since we both started our careers, and it’s been amazing to see him grow into such a star.
Finally, in our third annual portfolio of originals (“Nobody Loves Them”), we pay tribute to some of the most fascinating people in culture, art, fashion, nightlife … you call him. The model, beauty entrepreneur and style icon Iman; filmmaker Julia Ducournau, who is the first director in 28 years to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes; Graydon Carter, a publisher whom I have long admired; and designer Maximilian Davis, who recently dressed alumni W cover star and recent Emmy winner Michaela Coel are just four examples in a long list. Seeing how these Mavericks forge their own path is always an inspiration to us and encourages us to push the boundaries. We hope this issue will make you want to do the same.