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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.” Continue Reading “Acne Paper‘s Leading Ladies” »

Double Vision

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Runway beauty Jessica Stam recently let us peek inside her makeup bag, where she holds the secrets to perfect skin, hair, and nails (not to mention the secret of what Chanel beauty ambassadors like Jen Brill really do: trade lip gloss tips with their well-placed friends). She also held forth on her beauty icon, Michelle Pfeiffer. “I think she’s stunning,” Stam said—and, we couldn’t help but notice, a dead ringer for the Canadian model herself.

Photos: Universal / The Kobal Collection; Marcio Madeira

Screening Chéri With Pfeiffer And Friend

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Michelle Pfeiffer is back in a corset. Some 20 years after playing laced-up Madame de Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons, the 51-year-old star is a Belle Époque courtesan putting the moves on a Parisian playboy (Rupert Friend) less than half her age in Chéri. Stephen Frears, who also made The Queen, directed both; Chéri, which comes out June 26, is based on novels by flamboyant French pre-feminist Colette. “I’ve now sort of played the virgin and the whore,” said Pfeiffer (wearing Valentino) at a screening of the film last night hosted by the Cinema Society and Noilly Prat. Her character, Lea de Lonval, spends most of the film surrounded by riches bought with money she’s earned entertaining Europe’s wealthiest men. “She’s incredibly courageous, and women of the time didn’t have the freedom that she has. She’s incredibly modern, but it comes at a price.” Friend chimed in: “What she did brilliantly was understand that a courtesan is, yes, a prostitute, but also an incredibly accomplished woman of society. There’s a huge sense of empowerment in her portrayal.” He’d seen his co-star’s work in Dangerous Liaisons, he added, but not when it came out. “I was seven.”

Photo: Billy Farrell / Patrick McMullan

The Return Of Chéri

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The Cougar premieres on TV Land tomorrow, but I’ll be watching the calendar pages instead in anticipation of the U.S. release of Stephen Frears’ Chéri, based on the 1920 novel by Colette (the famous French writer, not the store). The film, which had its Paris debut last week, stars Michelle Pfeiffer as Léa, a courtesan having an affair with a much younger man, Chéri, played by the pale, mop-headed, and altogether irresistible Rupert Friend, and the stills promise romantic turn-of-the-century costumes and lavish interiors to get lost in. Perhaps Chéri was the subconscious inspiration for bibliophile Karl Lagerfeld’s Spring accessories lookbook for Chanel—featuring Jerry Hall and Baptiste Giabiconi. Be that the case or not, older woman/younger man romances seem to be hotter than Balmain jackets.

Photo: Courtesy of Cheri