FASHION

Time Travel: 2000s


From a topless JFK Jr. to a bottomless Kate Moss, Christopher Bagley takes us on a guided tour through four decades of W magazine.

1

Karl Lagerfeld changes his hairstyle and launches a bangs trend in Paris. It takes him longer to get ready in the morning, “but it’s worth it,” he says.

2

Nan Kempner indiscreetly confides, “I loathe fat people. I really have a hang-up.”

3

After Nicolas Ghesquière’s spring collection for Balenciaga wows the fashion world, Mario Sorrenti shoots the clothes on Playboy Playmates.

4

Brad Pitt shows us around his Hollywood Hills house, where the highlights include a six-ton travertine bathtub.

5

Deep thoughts from lovebirds-of-the-moment Paris Hilton and model Jason Shaw: “Happiness is love—not fame, not money,” says Hilton.

6

Madonna plays both a crazed queen and a fishnet-clad yogi in Steven Klein’s 44-page feature.

7

Cover subject Britney Spears admits she has broken her vow to remain a virgin until marriage.

8

Lucian Freud, Chuck Close, Takashi Murakami, David Sims, and other artists and photographers turn their gazes on fashion’s ultimate muse, Kate Moss.

9

Tom Ford offers a look at his homes in Los Angeles, London, and Santa Fe— each one sleeker than the next. “All my houses look the same,” he admits.

10

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie aren’t yet officially a couple, but they pose as one—alongside five blond boys—for Steven Klein’s exploration of family life.

11

Katie Holmes, newly married to Tom Cruise and accompanied by a “Scientology chaperone,” stays on message. “I love him,” Holmes says repeatedly.

12

W’s first art issue features original works from top artists such as Richard Tuttle and Chiara Clemente.

13

“Pacific Heights” offers the deep dish on San Francisco society, beginning with a visit to Ann Getty’s house.

14

In “The Naomi Diaries,” supermodel Naomi Campbell recounts her community service with New York’s sanitation department while Steven Klein captures her daily costume changes.

15

Lady Gaga, interviewed a year before her first record appears, says she’s been spending too much money on clothes: “I can’t pay my rent, but I’m fucking gorgeous.”

16

Bruce Weber’s 60-page tribute to New Orleans as it rebounds from Hurricane Katrina.

17

Brad Pitt photographs Angelina Jolie in their home in Provence, France, for W‘s November 2008 cover. On the cover, she is breast-feeding one of the couple’s newborn twins.

18

On a shoot with Steven Klein in Rio de Janeiro, Madonna hits it off with unknown 22-year-old model Jesus Luz; the two are a couple by the time the story comes out.

19

For W‘s November 2009 cover, conceived by Maurizio Cattelan, Linda Evangelista appears on Wall Street looking stricken and holding a cardboard sign that reads it must be somebody’s fault.

20

Art legend Louise Bourgeois during the last year of her life, shot by Alex Van Gelder.

21

Photographer Mark Seliger and artist Barbara Kruger capture Kim Kardashian in all her monumental, naked glory.

22

Model Amber Valletta ages from 20-something to 120-something in Steven Klein’s portfolio.

23

Artist Ai Weiwei creates, via Skype, his first artwork since being released from prison in China: a photo shoot for W titled “Enforced Disappearance.”

24

Steven Klein’s double cover explores Kate Moss’s saintly and sinful sides.

25

Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone shows off her new 56,500-square-foot Los Angeles pied-à-terre, reportedly purchased for $85 million. During a cooking lesson with her chef, Ecclestone is bewildered by a chicken wing.

26

In honor of his new kitten, Choupette, Karl Lagerfeld’s closest female collaborators dress up as cats.