In Gad We Trust
Four years ago, Gad Elmaleh, France’s biggest comedian, arrived on US shores with the dream of becoming a stand-up comic in English. The funny part? He actually did it. On a dreary October evening in 2015, Gad Elmaleh, France’s biggest comedian and one of its most recognized stars found himself doing stand up in English […]
Gloria Vanderbilt: The last American aristocrat
Heiress to one of the richest American dynasties, Gloria Vanderbilt has seen it all. Fame, fortune, love, and tragedy. JOHN VON SOTHEN retraces the destiny of the woman who inspired Breakfast at Tiffany’s and designer jeans, while harkening back to a lost age – when America once had royalty. There must have been a moment […]
Stella McCartney leads the next British Invasion
Most celebrity interviews fit a certain template. They are polite. Guarded. Brief. Perfunctory. Stella McCartney’s having none of that shit. Before I even start recording, she’s snuggled on a banquette, flipping through a lookbook of her latest collection. For the next 45 minutes, we sit and point and laugh and talk while the pages turn. […]
The Risk-Taking, Mood-Making Magic of Haider Ackermann
Born in Colombia, raised in Africa, schooled in Belgium and based in Paris, fashion’s favorite nomad has found a new home as creative director of Berluti. I can’t remember why, but Haider Ackermann and I are talking horses. He’s a big fan of riding, which is odd, considering he’s only been on a horse once. […]
Veronique Nichanian – Hermès’s Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is never who you think he (or she) is. And inside Paris, the emerald city of fashion, behind a curtain in a fitting room, on the third floor above the famed Hermès store on rue Faubourg St. Honoré and rue Boissy d’Anglas, stands a petite brunette with dark bangs who’s been […]
Bernie Sanders: The Force Awakens
With a shocking upset in Michigan, Bernie Sanders is proving he’s not dead yet. The only ones who aren’t surprised are the millions of millennials packing stadiums to see him. JOHN VON SOTHEN travels aboard Air Sanders to meet the improbable icon of the new American left.
The Talented Mrs. Harriman
Before she was the American ambassador to France, Pamela Harriman was either the wife, the mistress, or the political benefactor of some of the world’s most powerful men. JOHN VON SOTHEN retraces the life of a 20th century Leonard Zelig, whose life ended in the vaulted pool of the Hotel Ritz.
The Queen of Prep – the fabulous and charmed life of Lilly Pulitzer
JOHN VON SOTHEN travels to Palm Beach to find out how a depressed heiress and bored housewife without any experience, education, and fashion house backing her, not only built a major brand, but managed to transform the way American elites dress and live.
Hangin’ with God – the ultimate celebrity interview
JOHN VON SOTHEN sits down with celebrity recluse God to discuss election predictions, plagues, fashion, and idiots who keep pocket dialing him.
Waiting for De Niro
Towards the end of 2010 I was sent by GQ to New York to interview Robert De Niro. Yup that Robert De Niro. You can imagine how nervous I was, especially when I arrived in New York only to find out that “Bob” had just left…to Italy to shoot a film. Not to worry I was promised, Bob would call […]