W Magazine's 40th Anniversary Covers | November 2012

Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley Get Retro

W Magazine's 40th Anniversary Covers | November 2012

Four of Hollywood's most intriguing ingénues — Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Mia Wasikowska, and Rooney Mara — were tapped to grace four special edition covers of W in honor of the magazine's 40th anniversary. Photographed by Steven Klein, each actress was styled in Fall 2012 pieces meant to represent one of the last four decades: Mara channels the '70s in patterned Prada and an oversize Albertus Swanepoel hat, Wasikowska is utterly '80s in snakeskin-printed Balenciaga, Johansson is the picture of glam '90s in black Dolce & Gabbana, and Knightley — almost unrecognizable with slicked-back blond hair — is a vision of the 2000s in sculpted Chanel.

Accompanying each cover is a Lynn Hirschberg-conducted profile that focuses on each actress's respective decade. "I think skinny jeans and micro-miniskirts are very unfriendly," Knightley says regarding her least-favorite naughts trend "I've been known to wear both, but on some days it seems like they were invented to make you feel bad about yourself." Meanwhile, Johansson has her own strong feelings about a certain '90s staple. "Men don’t like turtlenecks. I’ve never met a man who likes anything around his neck other than my hands."

All four covers hit newsstands Oct. 23. Preview them all here, in the slideshow.
Photos courtesy of W, photographed by Steven Klein