10:23 am - 01/29/2013


Ben Affleck, Emma Stone, and Bradley Cooper on Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Cover

It’s one for the history books—more than 75 different stars were photographed for Vanity Fair’s 19th Hollywood Portfolio, shot by Bruce Weber as the famed photographer’s definitive tribute to the town. Enfolding Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, Amy Adams and Jonah Hill, Selena Gomez and Alan Arkin, Weber’s vision called for a variety of talent—of both the two- and four-legged variety. The cover: Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper (impishly smiling in a bear suit and a gorilla costume, respectively) flank America’s sweetheart Emma Stone. Oscar winner Affleck cemented his status as Hollywood’s in-demand director with Argo, which received seven Academy Award nominations, including best picture, while Cooper’s Silver Linings Playbook received eight nominations, including Cooper’s first for best actor. Youngest-ever best-actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis also appears on the cover gatefold along with Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington, and Eddie Redmayne.

Weber’s wild(life) wit continues inside, as Les Misérables’ Redmayne and Bella Heathcote dance with a bear, tiger cubs make an appearance, and the most fawned-over participant in the whole production—Tai the elephant—mugs for the camera. Tai, who has her own IMDb page and several starring film credits, at one point walked through the soundstage at Hollywood Center Studios and began to perform some of her favorite tricks. Later that day she even gave Gomez a ride on her trunk.

Editor Graydon Carter wanted to do something different for the portfolio’s 19th year, so he called on Weber to create “Bruce Weber’s Adventures in Hollywood,” an ode to the city’s warmer side. Weber convened the shoots at various historic Hollywood locations—including back lots, soundstages, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Musso & Frank Grill, and the old Marion Davies estate. He shipped selected LPs and a portable record player to provide the right musical accompaniment for the assorted cast of Hollywood characters. When Weber was staging Quincy Jones and three of his beautiful daughters—Rashida, Kidada, and Kenya—Weber asked them to come up with a song they all knew so that they could sing together. Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” from the Thriller album, which Quincy produced, was their choice.

V.F. special correspondent Bob Colacello, who accompanied Weber on many of the shoots, observes that Bruce’s “magic kingdom . . . is more Cinecittà than Disney, a place where Old Hollywood glamour is filtered through the lens of postwar Italian neo-realism, and Norman Rockwell wholesomeness is given an antic Fellini edge.” Having spent decades watching the movie business, Weber finds the unexpected warmth among its stars. There’s an intimacy to these images that shows that Hollywood isn’t just about glamour. This year’s portfolio is a celebration of the friendships that thrive among the people who call it home.

Vanity Fair

I don't hate Emma Stone but why is she on the cover of practically everything?
stylistic4u 29th-Jan-2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry but today's celebrities have got no glamor to them like the ones of yesteryear sadly.
wheezy_wazlib 29th-Jan-2013 03:48 pm (UTC)
Very true. I'm sure personal preferences differ but to me Dita Von Teese and Fan Bing Bing are truly glamorous in terms of their red carpet/event appearances, and Cate Blanchett and Marion Cotillard can really bring in the old school glamor when it suits them.
stylistic4u 29th-Jan-2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
Your choices are spot on, especially Dita I adore her style as well.

It's just a shame that most celebrities who try to do this look tacky as hell.
wheezy_wazlib 29th-Jan-2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
Honestly I don't know how Dita does it. I think if anyone else tried to do her retro chic style they won't be able to pull it off (Evan Rachel Wood comes to mind, back when she was dating Marilyn Manson and Dita/Marilyn had broken up).
drownamydrown 29th-Jan-2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
IA 100%. Great choices.
winegums 29th-Jan-2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
I think they like to appear 'relatable' so there's v. little glamour as a result.

People like Dita, Cate, Marion, Angelina Jolie etc can bring the glamour bc they're not afraid to try, but your average celeb these days want to look like they're not making an effort.
wheezy_wazlib 29th-Jan-2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
It's unfortunate if that's the case since it results in monotony on the RC. I mean, how many mermaid gowns did we see last year, or the same beige/nude color on everyone?

I think also part of the problem is that actresses nowadays don't show their identity through fashion. When you see Marion wear Dior or Cate wearing McQueen, or Tilda Swinton wearing any damn thing, you get the feeling that it's totally them.
winegums 29th-Jan-2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
ita, it's really boring to watch as a result

Sure, you do get some actresses who truly 'get' fashion and have their own thing going on the red carpet even if it's not an obvious spectacle(I remember the year everyone at the Oscars had their fucking mermaid gowns and updos, and Kirsten Dunst made them all look like chumps by turning up with her hair in a bob and a simple black Chanel column dress) but they are rare, no matter what Vogue wants you to believe.

I don't think Anne Hathaway or Emma Watson really have a handle on expressing themselves through style, but people like Chloe Sevigny, Diane Kruger, Clemence Poesy, hell even Sienna Miller back in the day - they have a certain taste, and they're not afraid to dress according to it.
wheezy_wazlib 29th-Jan-2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, I completely agree! It truly is great to see personal style showing through the red carpet style. I really like your list, but I want to add Gwen Stefani in there as well, in terms of personal style, anyway. She definitely has her own thing going and always looks put together.

Thanks for indulging me in this fashion talk, btw :)
winegums 29th-Jan-2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
ita about Gwen, but she is a pop star and it seems like musicians have a little more room to own their look and image, more than actors do. But I like the way her style evolved and how there's a consistency to it right from the Tragic Kingdom days, even if I side-eye her Harajuku Girls phase.

And fashion talk is always a pleasure, thank YOU for listening to my tldr :)
bellwetherr 29th-Jan-2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Marion in Dior is totally PR though. She's been signed with them for years.
wheezy_wazlib 29th-Jan-2013 06:16 pm (UTC)
That's true, but she still looks really good in the brand. Actually, she looks great too when she doesn't wear Dior :)
bellwetherr 29th-Jan-2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
eh, not always imo. her dior look from the globes was a hot ass mess. but at least she takes risks! haha
winegums 29th-Jan-2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
yeah, her awards trail looks from 2008 were perfection, and this was pre-Dior
bellwetherr 29th-Jan-2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
the dior collab is really stifling tbh. they keep putting her in things that just dont work- same goes for jennifer lawrence.
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