Nicole Kidman, who won an Oscar for her performance in the 2001 film The Hours, appeared on the cover of the September issue of Perfect Magazine. In the magazine photo, Kidman wears a Diesel belt-skirt and a Diesel denim trench coat. The Diesel Autumn Winter 2022 runway collection debuted at Milan Fashion Week in February, and many critics praised it for its Y2K-inspired trucker hats and denim trench coats.
Kidman appears on the cover of the magazine in a pair of patent thigh-high boots—similar to those spotted on Rihanna just last week—from Y/Project, a label that, like Diesel, is helmed by Belgian designer Glenn Martens. Throughout the 20-page fashion editorial, photos capture Kidman in a number of internet-breaking looks, including the infamous naked print dress and a double denim Diesel ensemble. The shoot is part of an awards initiative launched by Vogue to highlight industry talent across the board. Dubbed as its “Perfect Icon,” Kidman is praised for her unrelenting curiosity and versatility in an accompanying interview with her. “I make my decisions like a teenager would,” she said. “Not playing out the consequences. I approach things like, ‘I want to do this; I’m gonna try it.’ It’s had its ups and downs but it actually makes for a really tumultuous career — which I’m into.”
Kidman’s penchant for daredevil dressing has long given her an edge in the high fashion space, too. During Paris Haute Couture Week in July, she joined Bella Hadid, Kim Kardashian and Dua Lipa on the runway to model for Balenciaga. The look is made all the more dynamic because Kidman “begged” stylist Katie Grand — also the creative director for the Perfect shoot — to wear the shorn chino skirt.
The actor has long been one of fashion’s most astute risk-takers. In 1997, Kidman wore a chartreuse Dior dress made from embroidered silk to the Oscars. Designed by John Galliano, the look caused such a stir it now boasts its own dedicated Wikipedia page. The gown’s color was so heavily criticized by comedian and red carpet critic Joan Rivers (who told Kidman the hue was “making her puke” and allegedly made retching noises as the actor walked past), some argue it helped create a culture of cautious red carpet dressing that endures today. When asked about the dress in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily , Kidman said: “John (Galliano) made it for me, and I love it.”
Fashion has long been associated with youth and appearance, but Kidman has set out to change that perception. “As I always say, ‘I’m gonna do what I want to do,'” she told Perfect. “That’s probably why I click with photographers, as I’m not here to stamp myself on you, but rather you stamp yourself on me and for us to grow together. Let’s play!”