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Amber Valletta Is Literally 120 Years Old

With the aid of some expert make-up and prosthetics, supermodel Amber Valletta gets buried in the sands of time, aging 100 years — and looking impossibly chic along the way — in Steven Klein‘s brilliant editorial for W, “One for the Ages.”

Hands down my favorite spread so far in this, the September issue season, Klein, Valletta and Edward Enninful envision an eternal heroine and her struggles over the course of a century, featuring looks by Chanel, John Galliano, Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen.

Amber Valletta Is Literally 120 Years Old

“September 29, 1929: A month before the stock market’s Black Tuesday, our heroine’s opium-tinged 29th-birthday party in the Blue Room rolls on.”

Written by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail