Photography: Nicole Nodland
Styling: Valentine Fillol-Cordier
Make-up: Kay Montano
Hair: Anna Cofone
I should profess a little bias here. I'm Junior Editor on the magazine, with some of my writing included in the first issue. The image above is taken from a debutante inspired shoot put together by the marvellous make-up artist Kay Montano. As quoted in the magazine, "Violet presents portraits to celebrate girls coming of age as women by way of achievement. The rite need not be grandiose, just brave, kind or curious." You can see the entire feature on Kay's Tumblr. I wrote up the biographies of all involved, slightly in awe of the bold, smart, beautiful assortment of women.
Also, on the back page of the magazine there's a short essay/ eulogy of mine on the Czech new wave film director Věra Chytilová, who died recently. If you have a spare hour and a quarter, her brilliantly surreal (and best known) work 'Daisies' is available on Vimeo.
When I received my copy I sat down with a coffee, ready to pore over the contents. Then I realised that actually, I wanted to take it in at a slower pace - and so spent the next few days returning every now and then for features such as Molly Parkin's observations and pictures of Daphne Selfe. As demonstrated by my obligatory Instagram snap below, it was perfect dinner time reading.
Kudos to all involved - particularly Leith Clark, Kay Montano, Luella Bartley, Amanda de Cadenet, Stephanie La Cava and Zoe Kazan. They've done a glorious job. It's not only a satisfaction, but a privilege to have had a very small part in this publication - and I can't wait to see what's next.