• Director’s Cut – Silvia Fendi and Luca Guadagnino and this spring’s most inspired clothing collab.

    WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD, SILVIA VENTURINI FENDI (CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT, UM, FENDI) watched a lot of movies, but she didn’t go to the cinema. The cinema came to her. “Every anniversary, every Christmas, every family gathering, we’d screen a movie at home, and I remember my cousins and I waiting impatiently for the man […]

    2020-03-15
  • Viva Zapata!! – The inventor of the Flyboard channels his inner Tony Stark

    The French are used to tanks, jeeps, and military forces rolling down the Avenue de Champs-Élysées every July 14. Even the infamous bearded fighters of the French Foreign Legion are no big deal. But on this Bastille Day even the most jaded spectators stared incredulously as Franky Zapata, the inventor of the Flyboard, zigged and […]

    2019-07-27
  • Fawlty Towers – The château that ate Provence

    If you make the windy drive up into the hills of Cannes at sunset, it’s hard not to think of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s description of the place: “The diffused magic of the hot sweet south … the soft-pawed night, and the ghostly wash of the Mediterranean far below.” Although it’s been almost a century now […]

    2019-07-20
  • Monsieur Mediocre – Now out in Paperback!

    A hilarious, candid account of what life in France is actually like, from a writer for Vanity Fair and GQ. Americans love to love Paris. We buy books about how the French parent, why French women don’t get fat, and how to be Parisian wherever you are. While our work hours increase every year, we […]

    2019-05-06
  • In Gad We Trust – Gad Elmaleh, France’s biggest comedian, is about to make you laugh…in English.

    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 in a shopping mall outside of Pittsburgh. “I think that was my lowest point,” Gad confided to me in early September over brunch at Bubby’s, a local cafe in […]

    2019-01-28
  • 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 […]

    2017-12-05
  • 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. […]

    2017-12-03
  • 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. […]

    2017-12-03
  • 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 […]

    2017-05-16
  • 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. 

    2016-09-06