The 2010 January cover of Vogue Russia is already on the run as one of the top covers of the second decade of the 21st century. Well at least in my imaginary fashion race, but it counts. The captions reads "Beauty Above All" and that's exactly what Natasha Poly exudes. She has this ethereal type of beauty that is not very common in runway models (not to mention she possess one of best walks out there, let's just say she could potentially give Naomi a run for her money). The lighting shining down from above just makes her look rather fragile, just as if an all-mighty, divine force has send her down to earth in order for the rest of us to be delighted and slightly bewildered by her gorgeous features. In another note, I feel like this cover also glorifies women, discreetly putting woman on a pedestal and man just have to bow down to their presence. It sounds a bit feminist, but I think the world have experienced enough machismo.
In the same issue, Natasha is also feature in a 10-page spread editorial shot by legendary photographer Patrick Demarchelier and styled by one of the best image-makers (and one of my favorites, I may add) in the business, Panos Yiapanis. The story features some of the most mesmerizing pieces from the Pret-a-porter Fall 2009 season, including designs from top houses such as Givenchy, Balenciaga and Nina Ricci. I'm glad to see that the hair and make-up is kept to a minimum, almost nada, just so the eyes focuses on the amazing styling. It could've gone turgid and trite, but the photographs came out beautifully. Check out the rest of the pictures here.
Kudos to the Vogue Russian team, especially to the editor-in-chief, Aliona Doletskaya.