Words by Tomika Anderson | Photography by Cliff Watts | Styling by Gabriella Serra
Ageless guitar hero Lenny Kravitz â€”coolly arresting in black leather skinny pants, a pec-hugging red-and-black plaid button-down and a black-and white cashmere scarf, all from French design house Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimaneâ€”flops into an ivory armchair inside the sun-flooded penthouse of Robert De Niroâ€™s lavish Greenwich Hotel in downtown Manhattan.
After a month of rehearsing with his band in a rented Miami mansion, the prodigal son has returned to his hometown to shoot the video for â€œNew York City,â€ the funky, bass-driven second single off his recently released 10th album Strut.
He may be 50 years old, but up close his taut, sculpted body and lineless face contradict this fact. â€œOnly organic,â€ the rugged sex symbol notes from behind his trademark shades as he gulps down a late lunch of grilled chicken, yams and mushrooms prepared by his chef. Rigorous exercise and diet aside (â€œmostly vegetables, grilled fish, chicken, whole grains and juicingâ€) the actor, interior designer and fashion icon credits maintaining a spirit of gratitude for his life and more than quarter-century-long success.