9.06.2009

Vogues' September

What's better than late night sex and a bottle of strawberry Sobe? Any Vogue issue calls my attention, but a September one is definitely a show-stopper. Like I mentioned on my previous post, September is the "January" in fashion, it represents an avalanche of new, exciting fashions for the next couple of months, it's the issue where magazine feature the most ads pages in the entire year and the most inspiring, fashion-forward editorials. In other words, it's make or break time.
There is always this huge frenzy over who is going to appear on the September cover of Vogue, especially the American one. But this time, it's seemingly a rather safe choice Wintour has gone with the former model and actress Charlize Theron. Keeping it 101%, I was not quite familiar with this women until I saw "Trapped" on TV a couple of days ago, you know, that movie from a couple of years ago featuring Courtney Love and Kevin Bacon. Well, I'm sure you seen this lady before. Aforementioned, the cover, shot by Mario Testino in various landmarks in New Mexico looks a bit expected; a blond (caucasian) beautiful woman in a beautiful gown, groundbreaking...( F.Y.I, she's wearing a Dior dress).
Moreover, so called "It" girl of the moment, Lara Stone, is feature on the cover of French Vogue, It would be unfair and a bit bias for this girl not to have a September cover after being name by so many illustrious fashion authorities as the top model in the industry. What surprise a few though was Stone's hair. Her blonde trademark do, probably looked bland to Ms. Roitfield so she thought of shacking the industry a bit by turning Lara as a brunette. It's nice to see such enchanting versatility from the not most conventional model. Despite the fact Lara is Carine's favorite model, she has succumbed through "adversities" such as her tooth-gap, not fitting into a size 2 ensemble and a few others, to land a spot on the cover of Vogue, a September one, at that. Some might say those were obstacles she had to bravely face, however, though, those were some of the characteristics that made her stand out from the rest and lure attention from big photographers and very influential editor such as Carine Roitfeld. I'm more than excited to witness a slow but sincere shift in the industry, embracing the different, unconventional, and what's not popularly-considered "pretty".
There is no September without a shocker, I mean Gisele Bundchen on the cover of Vogue India. To the best of my knowledge, India is not the most open-minded country, where woman are not considered as the "better" gender. The model is not the dilemma, but the fact that she's in a two piece bikini, revealing a bit "too-much". I'm sure to several Indian natives, that look could be considered inappropriate and/or grotesque, but I feel like the world, especially the fashion industry is not going to surrender and mute models from showing a bit of legs, stomach and sometimes a nipple or two just because their religious background does not tolerate nor support that kind of exposure. It's a shame, since I'm aware that India is a hot fashion spot, they have a full blown fashion week, they also have a few emerging designers and now they publish one, if not the most influential magazine in the industry, needless to say the name. In a more positive note, the cover looks a bit refreshing, more fun (wonder who made that jacket), less restrained, what it should be.
Kate Moss is a supermodel and supermodels are not stranger to Vogue covers, but gracing two coveted spots on British Vogue and Russian Vogue sounds almost surreal. Moss has become more than just a supermodel, but a designer (has her own Topshop line), style icon, but most importantly a role model, so I don't blame editors for pulling Kate to grace their covers. It's almost like a sure bet, she sells, no matter where her face pops up or where her name is printed on, everybody wants a piece of her. German Vogue looks a bit like a Victoria Secret campaign; the black bodice, the see-tru stocking and hot pink stilettos does send s strong sexual message, not to mention her finger sensually resting on her lips. Hey!, sex sells, even in Germany. The Japanese version of Vogue, Vogue Nippon features Iris Strubegger styled by George Cortina in this satin backless light orchid-colored gown that literally screams "I need a red carpet moment" through the photo. Most magazines cover, no matter the month, usually display models on head-to-toe or up-close shots, this time Iris poses side-ways in order to show off the quite seductive back features of the dress. Love it.
What had me walking on a string, though, was Italian Vogue. There were rumors over the fashion blogosphere that Vogue Italia was going big, going trice, three covers for September. I was excited to see what the Italian team was going to pull off now. I first saw the cover with Natasha Pivovarova and Ash Stymest, and the questions rose. Is homeless-chic-look back?, my question was answered when the other two covers surfaced, featuring Anna Jagodzinska, Jamie Bochert and a few other male models that don't look too familiar. I must admit Karl Templer did such a fantastic job with the styling for the cover and the editorial called "Performance" (which I'll talk about in a future post). It almost makes me want to change my entire wardrobe and go homeless-chic. The beat-up and raggedy yet awkwardly stylish pieces do look so character-driven, ready to be worn to a play on Broadway, but I can still picture folks walking around in these grungy looks, well maybe not the whole head-to-toe look, but a cleaner, simpler version of it.
Below some of the covers mentioned above.
Vogue
Photographed by Mario Testino
Styled by Tonne Goodman
Actor Charlize Theron
Vogue Paris
Photographed by Mert Allas and Marcus Piggott
Model Lara Stone
British Vogue
Photographed by Mario Testino
Model Kate Moss
Italian Vogue
Photographed by Steven Meisel
Styled by Karl Templer
Model Sasha Pivovarova, Ash Stymest
Italian Vogue
Photographed by Steven Meisel
Styled by Karl Templer
Models Jamie Bochert, Christian Brylle
Italian Vogue
Photographed by Steven Meisel
Styled by Karl Templer
Models Anna Jagodzinska, Max Rogers, Will Lewis
Vogue Brasil
Photographed by Jacques Dequeker
Styled by Matheus Mazzafera
Model Ana Claudia Michels
Vogue India
Photographed by Mario Testino
Model Gisele Bundchen
Russian Vogue
Photographed by Solve Sundsbo
Model Kate Moss
German Vogue
Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski
Styled by Christiane Arp
Model Anja Rubik
Vogue Nippon
Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Styled by George Cortina
Model Iris Strubegger

5 comments:

The Starving Stylist said...

I'm not going to lie but Lara's cover of Paris Vogue is by far the best and my favorite!

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medranochav said...

Jamie Bochert is my new favorite artist.

mel said...

we all love vogue.but just to know.vogue's head position will be mine!
xoxo ;)

Niki B. said...

i just picked up paris vogue yesterday. in paris. it felt awesome, not gonna lie. haha

AND lara is beautiful on the cover.

ps. the september issue of US Elle is also a MUST read, i really enjoyed it

xo

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Jess said...

I love seeing the covers when they first appear! awesome!