In a sentiment consistent with our own January theme, Anna Wintour set the tone in the opening statement of her inaugural 2014 Letter from the Editor. “I have never been a big believer in the idea that we all miraculously change ourselves in January,” Wintour asserts. “Now is always the time to do so.”
When actress Lupita Nyong’o was spotted mingling with Wintour — back in November — at the MoMa Film Benefit, many in the industry speculated that she would soon land in the magazine’s pages. The conjecturing proved to be legitimate, as Nyong’o was tabbed as the January It Girl. Nyong’o delivered a masterful performance in the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave; a role that has earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
“She ranks with the great actresses in the world,” director Woody Allen stated, of cover subject Cate Blanchett. Allen directed Blanchett in the comedy-drama Blue Jasmine, which released last summer. The actress, herself, described the character as “all smoke and mirrors.”
Although prior to her role in Blue Jasmine — which has also earned her a Golden Globe nomination (Best Actress) — it had been five years (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) since Blanchett starred in a motion picture. But in addition to headlining Woody Allen’s comedy-drama, Blanchett co-stars in — George Clooney directed — The Monument’s Men, slated for February 2014 release. The lead editorial, Golden Hour, is authored by Jonathan Van Meter.
Another issue feature — also preparing for the upcoming award circuit — is British actor Idris Elba. Elba has had an American following for quite some time, with most recognizing him for his role as Stringer Bell on HBO’s The Wire. However, after a dominating portrayal of Nelson Mandela — in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — the London native has captured the attention of a much more global audience. Elba’s role of Mandela has earned him several nominations — including Golden Globe Best Actor — and though not yet announced, it is a given that that he will earn an Academy Award nomination, as well.
Trends of the 2014 spring collections, from razzle dazzle to handkerchief hems, are featured in the More is More spread — styled by Grace Coddington. The issue is currently available on newsstands.