A little over 100 kilometers south of Milan sits the world’s largest bamboo labyrinth. Known as Labirinto della Masone, the cultural park that is home to around 20 species of bamboo is the brainchild of Italian publisher and art collector Franco Maria Ricci, and also site of the latest cover shoot for the forthcoming issue of Purple starring none other than Lily McMenamy. The all Dior story by photographer Dario Catellani and stylist Sheila Single is the companion to Purple editor-in-chief Olivier Zahm’s interview with Maria Grazia Chiuri. The staging is not unintentional and in fact dovetails rather conveniently with the Dior collection for spring. Readers will no doubt recall the imaginative set design for that collection (see also Next 12 Hours S1E9) which made use of trees sourced and ultimately replanted by the landscaping and urban planning collective Coloco. That energy carries through in the corresponding interview in which Maria Grazia describes the ecological attention being paid to production and supply lines at Dior. Attention, however is also due to one Lily McMenamy and the presence she brings to the page. Lithe and learned, Lily is unlike any other, and arguably an unmatched guide through all that is labyrinthine.

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Credits include: Publication, Purple Spring / Summer 2020; Title, “Through the Labyrinth”; Photography, Dario Catellani; Styling, Sheila Single; Hair, Christian Eberhard at M+A using Mr. Smith; Makeup, Luciano Chiarello at Atomo Management; Casting, Paul Louisor; Location, Labirinto della Masone.

Lily McMenamy | Purple Spring / Summer 2020 (Photography: Dario Catellani)

Lily McMenamy | Purple Spring / Summer 2020 (Photography: Dario Catellani)