Words by Tomika Anderson | Photography by Cliff Watts | Styling by Gabriella Serra
Ageless guitar hero Lenny Kravitz —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 Slimane—flops into an ivory armchair inside the sun-flooded penthouse of Robert De Niro’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 “New York City,” 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. “Only organic,” 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 (“mostly vegetables, grilled fish, chicken, whole grains and juicing”) the actor, interior designer and fashion icon credits maintaining a spirit of gratitude for his life and more than quarter-century-long success.