Photograph by Luca Guadagnino.
Hair and Makeup by Giulia Cigarni at CloseUp Milan.
You grew up in Connecticut. Do you remember your first trip to New York?
My father commuted to Manhattan, so he would bring me in when I was a little girl for, like, Daddy and Daughter Day. I remember I had this little suit and tie, and he taught me how to tie a tie. I must have been like 5.
Do you still have moments now when you visit a certain area in the city and have vivid flashbacks or memories?
Every single time I walk into Washington Square Park, I swear to God, I get a weird feeling of vertigo. I spent so much time there as a teenager, and I got cast for Kids there, and it was where I was kind of discovered by Sassy magazine. I just spent so many of my formative days in that park that I still get misty-eyed.
Do you think New York has changed for the worse over the years?
It seems like what everyone is complaining about in New York is happening everywhere. With the Internet and the world becoming so much smaller, the specificity of “I’m going to New York to find something I can’t find anywhere else in the world” just doesn’t exist anymore. That’s what I mourn.
Chloë Sevigny wears a Fendi jumpsuit and bag; her own bracelet.
Photograph by Willow Smith.
How would you describe being an Original?
The main characteristic of an Original is an ability to think outside the box, to hold your ground, and to uplift others by your example. I’ve always felt different. And sometimes I’ve felt estranged from my peers because I was interested in things like the cosmos and history at a young age. I would talk about these things, and my friends’ parents would tell my parents that I was scaring their kids. So after a while, I learned to tone it down. I realized that there are people who accept originality and some people who are afraid of what it may mean to their lives.
Who do you think is an Original?
Ani DiFranco. Octavia Butler, although she’s no longer with us. And my mom and dad.
Willow Smith wears her own clothing.
Collage by Aaron de Mey.
Aaron de Mey
What does originality mean to you?
Substance, authenticity, even irreverence. Originality rises above the fray.
Who was the first person who made you realize you could break the rules?
I always felt that I could and should, though I always remember that not all rules are meant to be broken.
Aaron de Mey wears his own clothing.