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Vogue Italia Gets Dirty

In a way, one just has to love Vogue Italia. I like to imagine the various Vogue books as the legendary girl-group, The Supremes. You have Diana (American Vogue), Mary (British Vogue), and then the feisty Flo (Vogue Italia). From it’s ground-breaking all black issue, to playing a little bondage game with Rihanna, you can always count on the combination of Italia and photographer Steven Meisel to not only spark conversation, but also challenge the popular notion of the potential of fashion photography.

Joined by model Kristen McMemany, Vogue Italia has decided to enter in to the catastrophe known as the Gulf Oil Spill, which is currently clogging the Gulf Coast’s shorelines and wildlife. Captivating at best, yet laughable at it’s worst, the cover and spread, Water & Oil,  give a nod back to the early 2000’s when Italia was known for melding commentary and composition. People will always question if fashion and politics should ever mix, so that is not a big surprise. The draw here, from a production point of view is that images like these are still being published with such an accessible luxury brand. In a sea of ads and spreads that are meant to transport you into a fantasy land of copycat luxury and placement driven curating, Meisel’s images bring starkly back to reality.

And just like that, you remembered the spill was still happening, see?

Enjoy Below:

Thoughts Parlouristas? What do you think?

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