Not even Steven Meisel could save last month’s Vogue Italia and we’re somewhat pleased to see photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott take the reins for April 2017. As the Italian fashion bible’s new EIC gets acclimated, the Turkish photographic duo capture ‘The New Beautiful’ while helping Emanuele Farneti’s vision become a reality. Fresh-faced beauty Sara Grace Wallerstedt makes her debut Vogue cover appearance on the title’s main cover (below), while fellow models Ansley Gulielmi and Cara Taylor star on the fold-out (pictured after the jump).
Our forums erupted as soon as the cover struck. “Flat, and uninspiring, this is just so bland, almost, can’t even comment!!” declared an enraged Miss Dalloway.
“Boring. Looks like they tried to imitate Meisel’s style for Vogue Italia,” pointed out a disapproving Scotty.
“When it comes to not-so-mainstream magazines, making a really good minimalist cover requires more than selecting any old image then layering two or three words on it. Anyone can do that,” forum member tigerrogue chimed in.
Also quick to show their dismay was Benn98: “Dull, dour and forgettable – the girl, styling and photographers! Who would choose lime for a masthead, this guy’s got no idea what he’s doing.”
But not everyone was disappointed. “I actually really like this,” admitted dodencebt, whose opinion stood out. “The Gucci dress was the only standout piece from that collection that isn’t overused and the lime masthead makes it look fabulous,” he noted.
Lola701 liked what she saw too, writing, “I Love it! Let’s be honest, Vogue Italia’s identity for the past twenty-eight years has been Meisel. So the best way to do a good VI cover is to emulate Meisel.”
“Simple and elegant. Her beauty is the focal point and what a gorgeous face. Love the crystal eye makeup, just a nice touch,” admired Luxx.
“Sara is beautiful and this cover is all about her. That’s what Vogue Italia is, models and clothes. As long as they’re done with those tacky themed issues I’m happy,” stated GivenchyHomme.
Take a peek at what the issue has to offer and add your own two cents here.