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The Gentlewoman First Issue.

Photo By Photo by David Sims

DOUBLE DUTCH: Look who’s a cover girl — Celine’s creative director, Phoebe Philo, gets the honors for the launch issue of The Gentlewoman, the sister magazine to Dutch title Fantastic Man that hits newsstands on March 22. Inside is a profile of Philo and a shoot by David Sims, styled by Camilla Nickerson with the designer posing in her own clothes and both vintage and current Celine looks. “It’s about modernity and women that are just fantastic,” said Penny Martin, the biannual magazine’s editor in chief. “Phoebe was very candid about herself, her mother and silhouette and inspirations.” The 148-page launch issue also features a profile on American artist Jenny Holzer, with portraits of the artist taken by Wolfgang Tillmans. There are also feature articles on DJ Princess Julia, open water swimmer Lynne Cox, winemaker Sara Perez and Kazuyo Sejima, the Japanese architect and the first woman to be appointed as director of the architecture sector for the Venice Biennale.

Contributors in the issue include design critic Alice Rawsthorn, fashion designer Louise Gray and model Daisy Lowe. Martin is aiming to showcase female photographers, too. Alexandra Catiere snapped the fine jewelry section with male models clasping a myriad of fine jewels.

With the backing of Fantastic’s creative director Jop van Bennekom and publisher, Gert Jonkers, the new fashion title will have a circulation of 72,000. A page of advertising costs 8,500 pounds, or roughly $13,000 at current exchange. Among advertisers in the first issue are Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Celine, Christian Dior and Y-3. The Gentlewoman will hit the stands with a cover price of 7.80 euros, or $10.95.

— Natasha Montrose

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