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Acne Paper‘s Leading Ladies

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Acne PaperThomas Persson, editor in chief of Acne Paper, has got the ladies on his mind—leading ladies, to be exact. That’s why the theme of Issue 15, out tomorrow is “The Actresses.” “We have been a bit against the grain from most magazines; we have a different point of view and don’t focus on celebrity as much. We are more intrigued by theater, movies, drama, etc., so I thought that would be something to focus on,” offered Persson of the new issue, which features Isabelle Huppert masquerading as Greta Garbo on its Andreas Larsson-lensed cover (left). “But it is such a big topic,” he added, “so we narrowed it down to just the actresses that have intrigued us over the years.”

That list includes Meryl Streep, Isabelle Adjani, Gena Rowlands, Diane Keaton, Julia Roberts, Anouk Aimée, Julianne Moore, and Michelle Pfeiffer (among others), many of whom are presented in a thirty-page photo portfolio by Brigitte Lacombe that comprises little-before-seen snaps from 1988 to 1999 that she pulled from her archive (below). We couldn’t help but notice that many of the ladies are of a “certain age.” “Maturity doesn’t scare me,” explained Persson. “Just the opposite: It points to the quality and longevity of their careers, and it is re-affirming to see that these legends are still getting major roles. Anyway, I like things mature—doesn’t matter if it’s wine, cheese, furniture, or people. It speaks to character.”

Meryl Streep
Julianne Moore and Michelle Pfeiffer

Persson also points out that the subjects in the issue (including Lake Bell and Alicia Vikander, the latter of whom he calls a future star) are not just clothed in Acne. “Our way of fashion is not necessarily about one-brand coherency. Our influences come from all over the world—from all generations and all designers. Yes, we are Swedish by birth, but we like to think ourselves of an international brand…with a Scandinavian sanity.”

Photos: Andreas Larsson (cover); Brigitte Lacombe (portraits); Courtesy of Acne Paper

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