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Winona Ryder Covers New York Magazine: Talks Stranger Things 

8 Aug

It is the best time of year for magazine covers and while this issue of New York Magazine isn’t a September issue per se (New York is bi-monthly) it is their big fashion issue making it September issue adjacent. It helps that every year their fashion issue, which arrives just before New York Fashion Week – in both February and September – tends to deliver big on the cover star including Serena Williams, Joni Mitchell, Lupita Nyong’o and Christina Hendricks and this is no exception.

Winona Ryder has been thrust back into the spotlight recently thanks to the success of Stranger Things and even if this show wasn’t getting so much praise I think the Winona renaissance would be occurring regardless; it fits in with the 90s nostalgia that is so strong right now and because she is Winona, forever.

Cover wise this is so striking; such a simple set up and so commanding as Ryder stares directly at the viewer. I’m normally so blah when it comes to the wet hair look, but here it is working like a charm as is the fresh faced makeup and simple white tee styling.

The interview itself is also pretty revealing with the Ryder discussing in detail the narrative she feels like has been set for her and how it is hard to change the story. This is regards to an interview she did with Diane Sawyer in 1999 while promoting Girl, Interrupted (the book and film are forever faves of mine) where she discussed her own experiences of anxiety and depression and how this thread has weaved its way in how she is perceived right through to her current role in Stranger Things:

“There’s a line in the show where someone says [of her Stranger Things character], ‘She’s had anxiety problems in the past.’ A lot of people have picked up on that, like, ‘Oh, you know, she’s crazy.’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, wait a second, she’s struggling.’ Two kids, deadbeat dad, working her ass off. Who wouldn’t be anxious? Even that word, anxious. It’s a bad word. And so like all of these words — it’s kind of what I tried to do with Girl, Interrupted, and why I was so invested in that book and trying to get it made [as a movie]. My whole point was, this happens to every girl, almost.”

The whole interview is really enlightening in terms of Joyce on Stranger Things, the boxes we put people in and her position in pop culture as the 90s cool girl (not the Gone Girl kind of ‘cool girl’). Plus the photo shoot delivers on striking shots; mixing the perfect blend of grunge with contemporary including this Valentino sweater and skirt ensemble paired with Roger Vivier sneakers (if this was 1996 those would be DM boots) in the photo below.Winona Ryder The Cut

Photo courtesy: New York Magazine

To read the whole interview head here and this issue is now available on digital and actual newsstands.

And I’ve written about Stranger Things for The Observer and Collider.

Adam Driver’s Vogue Editorial and Gap Campaign

15 Aug

It’s been a good year for Adam Driver; he’s received an Emmy nomination for Girls, appeared in the critically acclaimed Frances Ha and Lincoln and he gets to play Connie Britton’s boyfriend in the forthcoming This is Where I Leave You. He’s also gracing the pages of the highly anticipated Vogue September issue in an Irish poet inspired shoot, appearing alongside model Daria Werbowy. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz in the Irish hills of Killarney and styled by Grace Coddington; this is an editorial that highlights the new season in a dramatic and fanciful manner.

Adam Driver and Daria VogueAfter two seasons of Girls seeing Driver shirtless is the standard (he does it so well) and while half of this editorial has this rugged half dressed approach (including one shot of him holding a sheep over his shoulders) he also gets to smolder while riding a donkey (fully clothed) and hang out in a tree.

Adam Driver tree VogueWhile the season 2 finale reuniting Adam and Hannah seems like a misstep towards a romcom saving narrative, the journey of Adam has been one of the most compelling on Girls so far. He was such an easy character to dislike when the show first started and since then my opinion has changed countless times. One thing that is clear (particularly when you factor in his Frances Ha role) is that he has a charming quality and a face that is incredibly beguiling.

It’s not surprising then that he has been snapped up for another modelling gig, this time for Gap’s Back to Blue denim celebrating campaign.

Adam Driver GapThis will also be the first time since 2009 that Gap is producing TV ads as part of their overall strategy and I kind of hope there will be dancing. Lots of dancing.

Images from Vogue courtesy of the digital iPad issue

Zooey Deschanel Covers the September Issue of Marie Claire

6 Aug

The discussion about negative online comments has taken center stage in the media recently after a campaign to feature a woman on a Bank of England note has led to several high profile female writers receiving an increased amount of horrifying threats via Twitter. In the forthcoming September issue of Marie Claire, New Girl star Zooey Deschanel talks about her own experience with the less pleasant side of the Internet in an extract the magazine has released.

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This is a subject that Deschanel has previously discussed and in a past interview with Glamour magazine Deschanel commented “I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So fucking what?” This stems from criticism about Deschanel including being a so-called real life Manic Pixie Dream Girl (an archetype which has thankfully been declared dead – the article that Nathan Rabin coined the term in is great, everything that followed not so much) and how what she wears or how she talks diminishes the value of her work. I’ve been a big fan of Deschanel since I saw Almost Famous and I was surprised by the amount of vitriol that was dished out when New Girl debuted. It was understandable why Jess the character was receiving flack as there were some issues with how cartoony Jess was in these early episodes, but it was the overtly personal Deschanel laden barbs that were surprising.

In what could be viewed as a follow on from the Peter Pan collar remark, Deschanel says that criticism directed her way is often about how she looks or acts “Everything you’ve done doesn’t matter because you wore the wrong thing or you speak in a way that’s feminine or you identify yourself as feminine. And I just think that’s bullshit.” Deschanel believes negative comments can also stifle creativity as people might not want to put themselves out there out of fear of getting bashed online and this is part of the inspiration behind her site Hello Giggles. While I’m sure there will always be Deschanel detractors it’s also really great to see some with her status happily refer to herself as a feminist and provide a space online like this.

The cover story mentions a new look, which from the styling on the cover is serving up an Almost Famous aesthetic moving from 60s twee to 70s rocker. There’s a dash of the 90s with the plaid jacket showing that grunge is definitely sneaking its way back in this season with Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent fall collection. The signature bangs are still there after speculation (yes there was Zooey Deschanel bangs speculation) after the Met Gala that she was maybe growing them out.

New Girl returns Tuesday, September 17.

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