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FASHION Magazine Winter 2014 Cover: Courtney Love

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Fashion Magazine Winter 2014 Courtney Love

PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHRIS NICHOLLS AND STYLED BY ZEINA ESMAIL, COURTNEY LOVE WEARS A DRESS, $3,500, BY GUCCI AT HOLT RENFREW AND EARRINGS, $1,200, FROM CAROLE TANENBAUM VINTAGE COLLECTION. HAIR BY DOMINGO QUINTERO FOR JED ROOT/SERGE NORMANT PRODUCTS. MAKEUP BY LISA AHARON FOR JED ROOT/CHANEL BEAUTÉ. FASHION ASSISTANT, ELIZA GROSSMAN.

Scheduling a photo shoot around Courtney Love’s schedule is no easy feat. The music and fashion icon was in the thick of writing her upcoming autobiography, recording her next album and sketching a spring collection for her clothing line, Never The Bride, when FASHION asked her to pose for the Winter 2014 issue. Love’s flurry of activity is all part of an ongoing comeback plan—one that is clearly winning over a number of fashion houses who have named her a major inspiration.

After wrapping up her cover shoot at Canoe Studios, FASHION’s features editor Elio Iannacci was invited to Love’s home in the New York’s West village to talk about her 30-year-plus career and her next batch of projects. Chatting in front of the same fireplace Hedi Slimane photographed Love in front of for Saint Laurent’s current ad campaign, the pair were surrounded by neat piles of books ranging from classic literature, philosophy and chick lit—titles including The Devil Wears Prada and Valley of The Dolls. Here is a sneak peek of our cover story, which hits newsstands nationwide on November 11, 2013.

Fashion Magazine Winter 2014 Courtney Love

Top, $900, by Mulberry. Hat, $435 by Eugenia Kim. Earrings, $475, by Mawi.

On her bumpy road to being a style icon:

“I got really ostracized by [fashion] after I went to rehab in 2006. After I got out, no one would dress me and I sucked it up. I went to Paris, got on a plane and I was only invited to two shows. Two shows! YSL and Stella. Then I met my stylist Panos [Yiapanis], who got me to sit down with Riccardo Tisci and he was more than happy to dress me during the biggest weight gain of my life. He renewed my faith in fashion… it’s really about who you surround yourself with in your career. The next time I went back to Paris was in 2008 and I got invited to a hundred shows and the minute [Givenchy creative director] Riccardo [Tisci] said ‘she is my muse,’ everyone threw clothes at me. That’s just fashion—it’s such a reactive community.”

On renaming lovers for her upcoming autobiography:

“I keep wanting to write this one chapter about a man that I was very much in love with but I just don’t want to name him. I used pseudonyms like Mr. Cat—this guy who was a billionaire and our relationship ended weird.”

On her tenuous relationship with hero Patti Smith:

“I grew up on Patti Smith, worshipping Patti Smith and she always gives me this hairy eyeball. I’m seriously going to sit down and write her ass a letter if [she] keeps doing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and keeps evoking Kurt. Now she becomes the guardian of the dead people. That’s her trope. My friend planned Allen Ginsberg’s funeral with her and they got into a huge fight because she has like no sense of humour.”

On taking sex advice from Karl Lagerfeld:

“In 2010, I was in the lobby of the Mercer and Karl said ‘What are you doing in a tutu?’ and I said ‘I have a new record out, this is my Gaga look—this is my meat dress’ and he goes ‘You’re never getting laid in a tutu.’ That was when I stopped wearing my kooky clothes.”

On the sea change in rock stars:

“Being a rock star today is almost like being a politician. You have a platform where you can say things and the good ones like [Bruce] Springsteen, [Michael] Stipe and Bono use it for good politics.”

To read our cover story, pick up the FASHION Magazine Winter 2014 issue starring Courtney Love, available on newsstands November 11, 2013.

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  • D

    Stunning.

  • Jonas

    Still killing it 20 years later! Will pick this up for sure!

  • Jack L. Perkins

    She looks beautiful. Love her.

  • Gina Athy

    She looks damn good 49??????hard to believe she looks 35 tops,wow

  • Desta

    this interviewer dude always gets the best quotes. Nov. 11 can’t come too soon.

  • kiy morlet

    You guys don’t actually believe that she looks THAT good do you ? Face tuned …. She looks like Madonna

  • JH

    Why would she write Patti Smith a letter about evoking Kurt? Kurt was a musician, so is Patti. She has always used Kurt to get access to or get into fights with real artists.

    But of course, since Patti is clever enough to give her the stink eye, she has to use a relationship with someone who died almost 20 years ago to try to get some attention.

  • MJeanConrad

    Walk tall, carry a big stick, and make no apologies. Good she could claw or climb her way back in. Do what you know. Sometimes you can handspring higher than before.

  • Jason Bussel

    Courtney love like me is proof you can be a low class person but be extremely intelligent

  • Courtneys#1fan

    hey will this magazine be available in the US? barnes and noble?

  • randibergman

    Hi there,

    We are carried on stands in Canada, or digitally worldwide at https://magazinescanada.zinio.com/checkout/publisher/?productId=500247451&offer=500349615&pss=1

    Thanks for your interest,

    Randi

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