For May, our focus is on ‘Perceptions of Beauty’, a subject that has fascinated—obsessed, even—writers, photographers, and artists for millennia. No one embodies its mystique more than Marilyn Monroe, captured here wearing vintage jewelry from the Swarovski archive during the filming of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Cecil Beaton, who photographed her in the Fifties, described her as possessing “a luminous quality—a combination of wistfulness, radiance, yearning...” To this day, ‘the Marilyn effect’ can be seen everywhere, and nowhere more so than the world of fashion—witness the dazzling Marilyn-influenced eyewear in this issue’s In Focus pages.
We also reflect on different concepts of loveliness. Make-up magician Pat McGrath turns models into crystallized warriors for Givenchy, while Gwen Stefani transforms nails into works of art that reflect the singer’s own special brand of attractiveness. Muse and dream…
The Editorial Team