Outside of the tide of gossip that rolls in daily on the subject of his love life, real or imagined, what does the world really know about multitalented rap/R&B/pop artist Chris Brown? With four best-selling albums and a handful of acting roles already under his belt, the Virginia-born 23 year old would, you’d imagine, be an open book, yet the combination of wild conjecture and his own (perhaps understandable) reluctance to engage with the media has resulted in a public image that’s at best ambiguous and at worst unfathomable and even downright dangerous.
After a hiatus of almost four years, during which he’s kept himself very much to himself, Brown finally agreed to open himself up to questions in an exclusive photoshoot and interview with Prestige Hong Kong. In an hour-long conversation with this magazine, during which he could hardly have been more amenable, he tracked the development of his music, and admitted to passions for painting, acting, the Internet and – very much on the quiet – even charity, while revealing that right now he’s having most fun simply hanging out “with the homeboys” and riding his bike.
“I just bought a bike so I like to ride,” says Brown, who this month embarks on a tour of Europe and Africa that may well be extended to take in points east. “The cardio is good. Just to ride on the street on the bike, beating the traffic.”
More likely to stop the traffic than beat it is Kate Moss, who after almost 25 high-profile years at the pinnacle of modelling remains one of the most instantly recognisable figures in fashion. In celebration of a career that has encompassed countless iterations of chic – from boho to so-called heroin – we bring you a stunning portfolio of her most iconic looks. Add in our customary lavish fashion shoots, and provoking interviews with Zhao Tao, the Ferragamo sisters, Stuart Weitzman, Susur Lee and Joseph Kosuth, and there’s plenty to please the eye and satisfy the mind during the long evenings to come. We sincerely hope it hits the spot.