Wonderland Winter 2023 Issue
"Burn, baby burn! It's our FINAL issue of the year - hallelujah! Now, whilst l have you, the big, bad question is: Who is making your nice list? And forget the naughty list, who is ending up in your Burn Book this year? I always take it too far...
Ahhh the dreaded Burn Book; the Pop culture term first coined in the coming-of-age cult classic (and, arguably, Christmas film) Mean Girls, a list pertaining to all your haters. Not that you have an...that you know of.
I'm joking, I really am feeling festive - I swear. On that note, I really need to re-watch it soon. But speaking of all things ablaze (pardon the pun), we need to talk about Saltburn, directed by Emerald Fennell (Barbie, The Crown), the psychological thriller starring our cover star - the mischievous Barry Keghan. In conversation with Wonderland vet (x2 cover star) actor Robert Pattison, Keghan delves into the multiple uses of spoons (yes spoons), becoming - deservedly - a leading man, and what it's like to work with THE director Christopher Nolan. As we continue to flick through the pages of our latest issue, we're thrilled to present a line-up that's as diverse and dynamic as the world we live in. Isn't that what it's all about? From talking to the ever-so charming A24's Iron Claw actor Stanley Simons (I know, we can't wait for that to come out too) and spotlighting the inspirational Team GB 4x100M Women's Relay Team's inimitable courage and perseverance, to the captivating presence of our cover star, who is feeling - aptly pointed out by his album title - Larger than Life: Brent Faiyaz (AKA The King of R&B) - Wonderland remains a celebration of talent, innovation, and individuality.
Now, we're turning up the volume with Grime legend D Double E, who enjoyed a Lebanese feast with our Online Editor - although, Double's appetite for success is even bigger. Meanwhile we're introducing the effervescent artist, Natanya, who is literally the soundtrack to my late night 2AM TikTok scrolling sessions (we all do it! I can't be first to admit that, surely). We're exploring new heights with the trailblazing designer, Priya Ahluwalia, who continues to redefine the boundaries of fashion in celebration of her dual cultural Indian-Nigerian heritage - a testament as to why multiculturalism is a strength in this creative industry. Another trailblazer, Yseult, the first plus-size model to grace the runway of Balenciaga - a stride forward in embracing beauty in all its forms - stuns in an electric shoot I styled in her hometown of Paris. And let's not forget Crystal Palace's newly appointed Creative Director; South London's creative force and visionary, Kenny Annan-Jonathan, in conversation with Guillermo Andrade, whose artistic brilliance is changing the relationship between sport and fashion. Speaking of, cover star Alessia Russo is redefining the importance of football for women now, and for generations to come. Nia DaCosta, the first Black woman and youngest director ever to helm a Marvel movie, explains how - and why - she's doing things differently. There's plenty more where that came from, but I'll let you pick up the issue and get reading...
This issue is a testament to the vibrant tapestry of the global creative industry, a celebration of voices that demand to be heard. As we bid adieu to 2023, our excitement for the next issue knows no bounds. Stay tuned for our early 2024 edition, promising even more style, substance, and many more surprises."
Toni-Blaze Ibekwe, Editor-in-Chief.