July 22 2014

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Anja Rubik: Let’s Talk About Sex


It may not come as a surprise to those who have seen her work gravity-defying wonders in an Anthony Vaccarello gown slit just about to her sternum, but Anja Rubik isn’t shy about sex or sexuality. And now, with her relaunch of 25 Magazine, she’s creating a forum to talk about it.

Rubik has been involved with the magazine since 2009, when she and then-boyfriend (now-husband) Sasha Knezevic signed on to work on the Viennese title, but she’s since taken full editorial control and rebranded the glossy in the image of Viva, the Bob Guccione-published erotica mag targeted at women, which ran from 1973 through the end of the decade. But mere smut it isn’t; the new issue, shot entirely by women, features photos by Inez van Lamsweerde, Annie Leibovitz, Ellen von Unwerth, and Paola Kudacki, whose “Heroes of 25″ series is pictured above.

Calling in from her native Poland—between shooting in London and jetting off to Cannes, where on Wednesday she’ll launch the magazine with a party at Pierre Cardin’s manse Palais Bulles—Rubik spoke with about sex versus sensuality, men versus women, and the lessons she’s learned as a newly minted editor. Key among them: Don’t fear the nipple.

Tell me about the vision for 25.
I had the idea because I really loved the magazine Viva from the seventies, which was a Penthouse publication for women. I loved the vision of it, and that was what formed the inspiration for me. 25 is basically directed toward very strong-minded, ambitious women, who are very comfortable with themselves and their sexuality. I was thinking a lot recently and looking how sex is approached nowadays, and nudity, and bodies. Erotica kind of disappeared. The way we approach sex is either really prude or very vulgar.

What will be in the new issue?
Every picture that’s in the magazine is shot by a woman. We have incredible photographers, like Inez [van Lamsweerde], Emma Summerton, and Katja Rahlwes. Annie Leibovitz donated pictures. Ellen von Unwerth. Basically, the magazine consists of beautiful images. It’s less of a magazine, more of an album. And in general, 25 is more than the magazine. We were trying to create an identity, to do a lot of projects connected to it. We’re doing one with Net-a-Porter that will launch quite soon. We did a video with Barnaby Roper and Kanye West that will launch at Colette. It’s a whole lifestyle, a whole vision.

Were there editors you looked to for inspiration or advice? Or other magazines?
I had a lot of references from past magazines, and Viva was the very big inspiration. [But also] Playboy from the seventies, Penthouse from the seventies. And of course editors, yes, Carine [Roitfeld] was a big inspiration as well. Fabien Baron is incredible; I think he has an incredible vision, so clean and minimalistic, that influenced the magazine as well. But I didn’t want it to be too clean on the other hand, because the inspiration was the seventies, and the magazines in the seventies are very far from that. It was a bit of a struggle. And I don’t want it to be taken too seriously. There’s a lot in it that has a sense of humor, a wink.

Do you think men and women approach sex differently?
I think it’s definitely different. In general, I think women approach it in a more sensual way, and a more personal way than a man. A man looks at it and thinks is it sexy or not. A woman will look at every little detail and more of the feeling of the image rather than is the girl sexy. For a woman to take a sexy picture, it takes way more than for a man.
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Marc Jacobs Heads Uptown, Lady Gaga’s Shooter Specs, L.A. Fashion Week Gets Put On Hold, And More…


Marc Jacobs, uptown boy? Brand president Robert Duffy is fresh from his honeymoon and back to work, confirming today that the label will open a store on New York’s Madison Avenue, and has plans for a bookstore/retail shop in Hong Kong in the works. [WWD]

Speaking of Jacobs, his contract is coming up for renewal at Vuitton (where Duffy, incidentally, says he and Jacobs are both very happy and hoping to stay). And according to LVMH’s Bernard Arnault, Vuitton is where he’s meant to be. The businessman spoke to Asian Tatler about his selection of Jacobs for Vuitton and John Galliano for Dior: “Take Marc Jacobs, he has been a fantastic success at Vuitton and he has a proximity to the Vuitton spirit, but I don’t think it would have been a success with Jacobs at Dior and the other way around, if I had asked John [Galliano] to do Vuitton, it would not have worked.” [The Cut]

Lady Gaga, woman of many hats, is the creative director of Polaroid. It was in this capacity that she hit the Consumer Electronics Fair in Las Vegas yesterday to debut her and the brand’s new creation: the GL20 Camera Glasses, a pair of shades that can capture and play video and images. [CNET]

Waiting for Los Angeles fashion week? You’ll have to wait a bit longer. In the hopes of raising more money, Fashion Los Angeles, the group dedicated to reviving the California-based week, has announced it will postpone its inaugural run of shows, which was originally scheduled for this February. [L.A. Times via Daily Front Row]

Is it model-engagement week? First Anja Rubik and Sasha Knezevic announced their impending nuptials; now Petra Nemcova is affianced to her boyfriend of eight months, actor Jamie Belman. [Modelinia]

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Chanel And Its New Mademoiselles, Anja And Sasha To Tie The Knot, Carven Will Open Its Doors This Year, And More…


After much Internet speculation, it’s confirmed: Blake Lively will front a Chanel bag campaign this spring—she’s the official ambassador for Herr Lagerfeld’s Mademoiselle bag. [WWD]

Speaking of cute blondes, good news for another one, too: Anja Rubik and her boyfriend, fellow model Sasha Knezevic, are engaged. (That’s the two of them posing together for a Gap ad, left.) Congrats to the happy—and altogether too good-looking—couple. [Huffington Post]

Under Guillaume Henry, Carven has been on the upswing as of late, and this year, the label will open its first store, on Paris’ rue Saint Sulpice. [Vogue U.K.]

Sometimes people ask, why have Twitter? Sometimes we answer, to get five days’ worth of Daphne Guinness self-portraits in real time. If you’re still holding out on the 140-character transmissions, Hint Mag has helpfully rounded up the shots. [Hint]

And the Times profiles Brooklyn retailer Ouigi Theodore of The Brooklyn Circus, who hopes to refine urban style in a more dandified mold. “My dream is to see guys hanging on the corner in suits,” he told the paper. [NYT]

Photo: Courtesy of The Gap