If you think of the great love stories—Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Gatsby—none of them end with the boy and girl kissing and riding off into the sunset. They all share a fundamental impossibility. It can never be, but wasn’t it grand to experience? Because the one thing about intense romantic love is, good or bad, you feel very, very alive.
--Baz Luhrmann, WSJ Magazine February 2014 columnist, on love.
WSJ. asks six luminaries, including Cindy Crawford and Martha Stewart, to weigh in on a single topic. This month: Perfection.
"Perfectionists don’t consider themselves perfectionists. We just strive to make things better—and they can always be better. It’s kind of sad when you think about it. At the same time, I don’t think you can embrace imperfection because then you’re defeated. In my head, all of my characters are perfect. I have my idea of the story, and then there are the actors, with their interpretations. Later, you sit in the editing room, and it’s like a piece of clay. You carve at it until you’ve cut it down to the essential elements of the story. Eventually, the producers say, ‘Okay, it’s time to get out, we don’t have any more money.’ By the time I leave, I go, wow, that’s not what I thought it was going to be. It’s beautiful, but it’s not what was in my head."
—Lee Daniels, for WSJ Magazine
“Her collections now come together in a sort of magpie manner, finding shiny bits of inspiration wherever she goes. The mood board in her studio is pinned with everything from tickets to Jay-Z concerts to pictures of perennial icons like Lauren Hutton, Marisa Berenson and Stella Tennant, along with snapshots of her family, beaches, flowers and stones, and postcards from her goddaughter. But her references are rarely literal.
'I need for the inspiration to rest so that I can make it my own,' she says. 'Then I can embellish it, mix it with other memories in my fantasy world. Sometimes it can take years before it comes back.'’”
—Eglée de Bure (read more)
A look at Aurélie Bidermann's mood board, courtesy of Eglée de Bure for WSJ Magazine, reveals not only artistic details but also the more personal ones. Inspiration is best hidden in something we’ve always had with us. Photo: Céline Clanet for WSJ.