Oh, Tilda. You magical, spectacular, androgynous robot creature. What would the world be without the weird ones, the paradigm-shifters, the men and women who fell to earth, we ask you? This bitch takes the definition of “fierce,” wrestles it to the ground, and says quietly in its ear, “Let’s do this my way.”
Praise be. Bow down, fuckers.
Salvatore Ferragamo’s silk velvet tuxedo jacket and silk blouse; Acne’s silk velvet pants with belt. Patricia Underwood for Chris Benz hat, Sermoneta gloves.
Tilda Swinton featured in the August 2011 issue of W Magazine
Photographed by Tim Walker
Styled by Jacob Kjeldgaard; hair by Malcolm Edwards; makeup by Sam Bryant.
From the accompanying interview:
“I would imagine that the female characters in most Hollywood films are too generic for you. You seem to be attracted to complex and often very dark personalities. Do you have to like a character to play her?
I have to feel compassion. And I have to be able to imagine myself in the situation. I can imagine myself as the mother of a scary son who looks at you with hatred. It’s not about liking the person, but it is about understanding. The Greeks speak about the violence of the real. I want to get at something real.”
Blumarine’s wool coat and dress; Stella McCartney’s fleece wool and cashmere turtleneck; Tommy Hilfiger’s silk pants; J.W. Anderson’s cashmere skirt. Patricia Underwood for Chris Benz hat, Comme des Garçons belt, Maison Martin Margiela gloves, Rick Owens boots.
Céline’s cotton turtleneck.
Acne’s wool jacket; Akris’s wool dress; Tommy Hilfiger’s silk pants. LaCrasia gloves.
Chloé’s leather jacket; Maison Martin Margiela’s polyurethane and polyester dress; Jil Sander’s cashmere and silk hooded turtleneck. Maison Martin Margiela gloves, Rick Owens boots.
Zero + Maria Cornejo’s llama hair coat; Hugo Boss’s cotton turtleneck; John Rocha’s silk pants; Gucci’s silk chiffon dress. Eres cap, Rick Owens boots.
Comme des Garçons’s wool jacket; Hugo Boss’s cotton and polyester shirt; Acne’s polyester skirt. Sermoneta gloves, Agent Provocateur hosiery, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci shoes.
VPL’s latex coat and dress; National Theatre Costume Hire Store’s bodysuit. Maison Martin Margiela boots.
Chanel’s stretch cotton denim jumpsuit; Hussein Chalayan’s wool tunic. Rick Owens boots.
Hermès’s felted wool flannel dress. Stephen Jones swim cap, Hermès gloves, Rick Owens boots.
Yves Saint Laurent’s wool sweater and silk crepe de chine blouse. Sermoneta gloves.
Haider Ackermann’s wool caftan with silk lapels and wool pants; Ralph Lauren Black Label’s cashmere sweater. Haider Ackermann belt, Burberry shoes.
Stella McCartney’s wool, polyamide, and elastane jacket; twill and rayon blouse; and rayon pants; National Theatre Costume Hire Store’s bodysuit. Sermoneta gloves.
Giorgio Armani’s wool and silk jacket. Sermoneta gloves.
[Photo Credit: Tim Walker for wmagazine.com]