After a long and arduous winter, it’s time to bask in the sunshine. V want you to have a fulfilling summer season, and for that reason we’ve packed this issue with the best of what’s to come: faraway festivals (for the avid music fan) and the most enticing reads, exhibitions, movies, and so forth. Of course, who better to cap off this season of everlasting glow than the eternally youthful Material Girl, accompanied by pop’s reigning princess of the charts? In a worldwide exclusive, V Magazine and Steven Klein come together again to capture Madonna and Katy Perry in their element, under the sartorial eye of Arianne Phillips. Here, they delve into the importance of being creatively liberated, in a celebration of music, fashion, and artistic freedom. After all, isn’t that what summer is all about?