The pop-culture icon’s winter issue cover story is a close collaboration with Weir, the photographer whose lens lightly grazes the skin of her subjects – further proof, if we needed it, of Rihanna’s absolute ownership of her sexuality and willingness to experiment creatively. Rihanna’s first ever cover for Dazed, it’s also the first in a series of close collaborations that form a thread throughout the issue.
Rihanna: The reigning queen of pop stars in a witching-hour rendezvous with photographer Harley Weir
King Krule: Shot in his south London stomping ground by regular collaborator Frank Lebon, Archy Marshall goes to the heart of the urban malaise on his glowering new opus The Ooz
The Florida Project: “Gettin’ all crazy” in a Balenciaga Kids special, the pre-school stars of this year’s surprise Oscars contender reveal the riotous stories behind their on-screen chemistry
Willem Dafoe: The Hollywood shapeshifter talks turning in one of his most affecting performances to date as a motel manager with a troubled past in The Florida Project
Barry Keoghan: Fresh from playing this year’s most perversely likable screen psychopath, the Killing of a Sacred Deer star shows the fighting spirit that’s made him one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young performers
FUPU: United by their desire to “yell some shit” over fierce punk riffs, FUPU are the California firebrands bringing righteous fury to the issues burning up America
Stranger Thing 2: Getting to know Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink and Linnea Berthelsen, the sci-fi stars flipping the script for series two of the smash-hit show
Ryan Skelton: Inviting us to his home in York, artist Ryan Skelton lenses his family playing dress-up in Miu Miu
Dazed is a 100% independent British fashion and culture magazine, with a reputation for ground-breaking photography and agenda setting editorial, founded by Jefferson Hack and photographer Rankin in 1992.