The Italian word word for a ginger or redhead is testa rossa. For non-Italian speakers of a certain age the term calls to mind a certain 12-cylinder mid-engine sports car with a prancing stallion on the hood. In either case, shock of red hair or 0–100 kph (62 mph) in 5.3 seconds acceleration, testa rossa is a byword for unbridled passion. Enter Malgosia Bela, the sole subject of an excellent editorial by Venetia Scott in the August 2014 issue of W. “Idle rich in clothes fit for a principessa,” proclaims the opening page of the story and after a quick glance over the lush outlay it is readily apparent those words are anything but hollow. Hands on hip, neck delicately shifted to the side, Malgosia stands at the foot of a pool on the grounds of a sprawling villa wearing a full-length dress and collar Agnona Collezione Uno and a complement of jeweled finery at the wrists and ring finger. Malgosia’s command of the page is unassailable and gives off an air of timelessness that would make the story look contemporary in about any postwar decade wherein red is truly red. The look throughout in no uncertain terms is that of an heiress and for 10 pages Malgosia Bela is holding court where all the majesty is hers, testa rossa.
Credits include: Publication, W August 2014; Title, “Testa Rossa”; Photography and styling, Venetia Scott; Hair, Tina Outen for Frédéric Fekkai at Streeters London; Makeup, Janeen Witherspoon for Dior at Julien Watson Agency; Production, 10-4 Inc.; Local production, Scenari Production, Photography and lighting assistance, Ryan O’Toole; Fashion assistance, Matilda Goad.