V100: Legends

V100: Legends

FOR THE 100TH ISSUE, V PAYS HOMAGE TO THE EDITORS, IMAGE-MAKERS, AND RULE-BREAKERS WHO HAVE SHAPED THE MAGAZINE. YOU CAN CALL THEM LEGENDS. CHECK BACK DAILY FOR MORE FROM THIS SPECIAL EDITION SUPPLEMENT TO OUR SPRING ISSUE, ON SALE MARCH 8TH

FOR THE 100TH ISSUE, V PAYS HOMAGE TO THE EDITORS, IMAGE-MAKERS, AND RULE-BREAKERS WHO HAVE SHAPED THE MAGAZINE. YOU CAN CALL THEM LEGENDS. CHECK BACK DAILY FOR MORE FROM THIS SPECIAL EDITION SUPPLEMENT TO OUR SPRING ISSUE, ON SALE MARCH 8TH

Text: William Defebaugh

When we first sat down to plan our 100th issue, we knew that we could not properly commemorate such a significant anniversary without some form of retrospective. And yet, the task of tallying up our greatest hits felt incredibly daunting and a bit self-congratulatory (even for us). How could we possibly edit down nearly 17 years worth of work into a confined allotment such as this? But V has always been, and continues to be, made possible only by its loyal contributors—the photographers, stylists, editors, artists, and talents who pour their creative minds out on our pages, issue after issue. So why not ask them about their favorite moments, and what V has meant to them over the years? While some publications simply assign stories, this magazine has always relied on its roster of visionaries for ideas, providing them a canvas on which they can paint their wildest dreams and fashion fantasies.

This concept of community has been a cornerstone of our publication since V founder and editor-in-chief Stephen Gan released the very first issue in 1999, for which Carine Roitfeld and Mario Testino—who, at the time, were already defining the state of style with Tom Ford at Gucci—offered their support by shooting Jude Law for the premiere cover. Law recalls the story well: “Mario first introduced himself to me in a lift at the Chateau Marmont in L.A., a few years before this shoot. So we knew each other, but not well. In the early years of my career I was still excited by photo shoots, especially with someone as established as Mario. This one was filled with fun people, great food at lunch, and good music. The actual taking of the photos blurs a little in hindsight. We had, I remember, done some standard portraits and then decided to do some slightly more animated ones. I tend to get restless after a while in front of a stills camera. If there isn’t a part for me to play, I don’t want to sit around being exposed. So I started pulling faces and the war paint came out of that. I believe Tom [Pecheux] did a little, then I remember taking the palette and smearing it across my face, beginning with an Adam Ant inspiration.”

This is, of course, just one of the many stories that have given meaning over the years to a title and an idea that was once nothing more than a letter in the alphabet. Check back daily for a sampling of the legends that have come to define who V are today—and be sure to pick up your copy of V100 on stands March 8th.

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