Never thought you’d see a supermodel with the track of her weave showing, did you? Famed photographer and (in my opinion) total creative genius Steven Meisel is already known for his exceptionally provocative work (see: his fantastic “Supermodels Enter Rehab” editorial), but he’s taken it a step further with a preview for Vogue Italia‘s spring fashion issue called “Haute Mess,” a series of insane, hypnotizing, and vaguely nauseating GIFs. Read more — and see the GIFs — after the jump… Keep reading »
In this clip from Vogue Italia, the mag imagines what might happen if QVC were to go really, really ridiculously upscale. The video is a companion piece to Vogue Italia’s January cover, shot by Stephen Meisel, and features models Joan Small, Karlie Kloss, Natasha Poly and Caroline Trentin decked in collections from Chanel, Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Versace, among others. This quirky little clip shows that high fashion might (gasp!) actually have a sense of humor. And oh, the clothes are absolutely stunning. [Vogue Italia]
Last week, a series of photos of model Karlie Kloss went up on Vogue Italia’s website. The shots, by photographer Stephen Meisel, prominently featured the mostly-nude body of Kloss. But just as quickly as the photos went up, one shot — this shot — was taken down. And fashionistas began surmising that perhaps Kloss’s taut, toned figure seemed just a little too slim and skinny. But it’s curious that one particular photo was singled out as being too extreme, as the entire shoot has already been popping up on pro-anorexia websites as “thinspiration” fodder. Keep reading »
Remember when Tyra made the girls of cycle six of “America’s Next Top Model” pretend they were some broken down dolls? It looks like art is now imitating reality TV. In this spread for Vogue Italia – you know, the magazine that ANTM’s winner gets a spread in? – photographer Tim Walker shoots models Audrey Marnay and Kirsi Pyrhonen as different kinds of dolls. Et tu, Mr. Walker?
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. [