This post is going to be brief because I don’t have many valid comments to make besides “yaaaaassss”. This is hands down the greatest cover of all the September issues. It is Vogue Italia’s 50th anniversary, hence the insanely good cover. It is a fold-out featuring pretty much every important model of today and yesterday, apart from a few notable exceptions. Basically, this is how you do a group shot.
Spot your favourites!
US Vogue also had a fold-out group shot cover but it featured 9 models and dubbed them the “instagirls”, in a clever reference to the popular social media app instagram, on which the cover girls are all extremely popular. It is true that the popular models of today will never be supermodels, something that I concluded in a previous post, but that is not to say that they will not be well known. Perhaps Instagirls is a great term for them. I’d say it captures this era well. It shows the temporary nature of things as in 5 years time, we will probably have all moved on from instagram and along with that, also moved on from these girls – or most of them anyway.
This is the photo without all the cover text on it. The three girls actually on the cover are Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss (finally!!). Karlie looks amazing and I am obsessed with Andreea just now, I wish that they had put her further in as opposed to on the end though. She just looks gorgeous.
From L-R: Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse, Edie Campbell, Iman Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente & Andreea Diaconu.
Vogue Italia’s cover is different. It features a combination of the true supermodels along with the newer girls. It was shot by Steven Meisel and features a sepia effect which gives the cover a sort-of timeless feel. It gives you the idea that this is an issue that should be kept, a collectors edition so to speak. The general reaction online has been wholly positive. I think everyone, on tumblr at least, is excited by all the models and enjoys spotting their favourites in there. Overall, I’d say it is a sublime cover and hands down the greatest this month. Well done Franca and Meisel, I can only imagine ever doing something that brilliant. And yes, I will be ordering it online.
Here are the editorial images linked from TFS, (scroll down a little).
And here is the full cast list below:
Naomi Campbell, Raquel Zimmermann, Amber Valletta, Carolyn Murphy, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Karen Elson, Natalia Vodianova, Edie Campbell, Stella Tennant, Jamie Bochert, Vanessa Moody, Mariacarla Boscono, Daria Strokous, Issa Lish, Iselin Steiro, Liya Kebede, Julia Nobis, Anais Mali, Meghan Collison, Lexi Boling, Jessica Stam, Saskia de Brauw, Vanessa Axente, Coco Rocha, Fei Fei Sun, Aymeline Valade, Julia Stegner, Sasha Pivovarova, Natasha Poly, Elise Crombez, Anna de Rijk, Ophelie Guillermand, Hilary Rhoda, Guinevere van Seenus, Karlie Kloss, Isabeli Fontana, Miranda Kerr, Cindy Bruna, Jourdan Dunn, Liu Wen, Caroline Trentini, Amanda Murphy, Joan Smalls, Candice Huffine, Anna Ewers, Cameron Russell, Sasha Luss, Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima.
As you can see, there is no Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Daria Werbowy, Freja Beha, Arizona Muse, Cara Delevingne (but she did get both UK and US Vogue), Lara Stone (who got Dutch Vogue), and Doutzen Kroes (who I’m guessing was a little too pregnant for this shoot), among many others. As always there are people pining after their favourite models who didn’t make it on the cover; for example, I’m a little bit sad that Lindsey Wixson and Kelly Mittendorf didn’t make the cover but hey, we got 50 models, it would be ridiculous to complain about one or two being missing.
Enjoy the issue!