Testing the limits of great photography, especially fashion photography—and then throwing those limits aside to create something totally different—has always been a core part of W‘s DNA. Once again, this year we enlisted and then enabled the most talented collaborators we know—and in 2018, that meant having filmmakers like Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, and Luca Guadagnino (all directors with distinctive visual style) direct fashion images featuring Janelle Monae, Florence Welch, and the models Rianne van Rompaey and Adwoa Aboah, respectively. Or it involved the always wondrous Tim Walker and his favorite muse, Tilda Swinton, recreating another fantasy world, this one based on the life of Swinton’s legendarily eccentric cousin Lady Edith Sitwell. Or, in the great tradition of this magazine, it was pairing visual artists together with the talent who can truly channel their imagination: Like the fascinating, strange sensibility of the Norwegian artist Torbjørn Rødland with the model couple Hailey Clauson or Julian Herrera, or, yes, the perfect coupling of the painter Mickalene Thomas with the artist of 2018, Cardi B. Here, the best photography in W in 2018.