Vogue Italia may be on the cutting edge of couture fashion, but cultural politics, not so much. Which is why the fashion mag’s website is catching flak for posting a fashion editorial on earrings with the caption “Slave Earrings.” Slavery! So hot right now! After consumers lobbed protests, the site took down the offending label and replaced it with “Ethnic Earrings,” which is almost a double affront. After all, to be ethnic and to be a slave must be somewhat interchangeable then. The massively ignorant editors failed to change the original copy in the piece, which notes that “If the [Slave Earrings] bring to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of colour who were brought to the southern Unites States during the late 18th century, the latest interpretation is pure freedom.” Are Vogue’s editors so out of the loop/out of their minds, that they have no conception of how utterly offensive and ignorant ascribing “slave” as an adjective is? If so, we think they should spend a little less time in the Fashion Week tents and a bit more time with their noses in a history book. [Fashionista] Keep reading »
“I dislike men in fashion. I don’t like it when a man dresses as a fashionista. I don’t think it’s attractive at all. Women in fashion, on the other hand, are very attractive. Women can always make you dream.”
–Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, expressing yet another one of her controversial opinions on all things fashion. That’s okay Franca, you can send them all on to me. [
Recognize that pretty/awkward face? It’s Ann Ward, winner of Tyra Banks’ Cycle 15 of “America’s Next Top Model.” Here she is in her as-promised May 2011 Vogue Italia shoot, looking all deer in headlights. For the full spread, click here. Do you think Ann deserved to win? Would Tyra be proud? [Fashin] Keep reading »
I certainly could never do it, but I do love the otherworldly, sort of feral look that shaving one’s eyebrows gives the face. Take model Guinevere Van Seenus in this Vogue Italia editorial shot by Tim Walker — her brows are so faded out they look nonexistent, and give her face a wild, alien quality. Model Lara Stone’s been rocking the minimal eyebrows look forever. Again, it’s not for every face, but on the women who can pull it off, it’s a very distinctive and daring look. [Behiko] Keep reading »
I don’t speak Italian, but I do believe the word “workaholic” translates globally — it’s the theme of this spread in Italian Vogue‘s October issue. Last time we checked, workaholics didn’t walk around in their bras or look like Stepford Wives who just got back from Cindy Lou Who’s hairdresser. Funny or creepy? Check out some more images after the jump! Keep reading »
The winner of next season’s “America’s Next Top Model” can look forward to the standard prizes — a contract with a major modeling agency, up close and personal views of Miss Jay’s legs — but also an Italian Vogue cover. “ANTM” followers will know that the standard editorial prize offering is a shoot with Seventeen and the switch to Vogue is a major upgrade. Don’t get us wrong, Seventeen is a decent magazine, but it’s no Vogue Italia. Where Seventeen features models trying to make it, Vogue is more or less for the ones who’ve already arrived. Given that “ANTM” has always claimed to be a career-maker but generally had limited success in actually launching a successful career, this seems like a step towards making good on the promise of being a real supermodel machine. [NY Post] Keep reading »
In another ode to social networking technology, Vogue Italia has devoted its entire December 2009 cover to the magic that is Twitter and Twit pics. (Previously, Steven Meisel created the January 2007 issue inspired by YouTube and webcams.) The result is pretty rad—a new feel for a cover, actually, with all the cropped shots. Relative unknown, Kasia Struss, poses for, er, herself, alongside major models Lara Stone, Natalia Vodianova, Christy Turlington—and, surprisingly, the about-to-give-birth Gisele (looking as gorg as ever). Must have saved bundles on the photography budget for that month! [Fashionologie] Keep reading »
Dayum, girl! Here’s a first look at Rihanna‘s much-hyped layout for Vogue Italia shot by Steven Klein: “Extreme Couture.” Last week, we showed you the cover. Now, we’ve got the spread. Shot in black, white, and platinum, with a lone streak of turquoise, these are some of the boldest, most beautiful pics of Rihanna that we’ve seen thus far. After the jump, more images, and RiRi rocks the pasties. [Fashion Copious] Keep reading »
Vogue Italia certainly knows how to increase sales:
- Drum up media coverage by launching an all black issue that features only African-American models.
- Follow up a year later, only replace the models with inanimate black objects and simply drum up controversy.
In its second go-around, the magazine has named Barbie its cover girl of the now annual Black issue. Says editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, “Barbie has been an icon for whole generations which is why I really wanted to give a strong sign in step with the times, and dedicate the anniversary issue to Black Barbie.” Huh. Let’s take a closer look, shall we? Keep reading »