Vogue Paris – June/July ’11: Magazine Review (NSFW)

June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

The fashion industry never comes without controversy, and Vogue Paris’s June/July issue does just that. Emmanuelle Alt’s third issue as Editor-In-Chief gave many readers (including myself) flashbacks to the heydays of the “Supermodel Era.” Shot by the power duo Mert & Marcus, the Vogue Paris cover paints model Isabeli Fontana as a mini-Linda Evangelista.

While many fashion magazines pay homage to various supermodels, this particular cover stuck out the most. Not because it is the most memorable, but because it is a direct copy of the legendary Steven Meisel’s cover shoot with Linda Evangelista almost 22 years ago. Even though I am not a fan of obvious editorial replicas, I have to admit that I absolutely LOVE this cover!

Isabeli Fontana’s eyes are stunningly piercing, the Lanvin dress suits her curves, and the signature color saturation is impeccable. Luckily, the editorials within are just as strong as the cover. It’s time for the review!

1. Canicule featuring Isabeli Fontana, shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott

This editorial shows all the reasons why Isabeli Fontana is one of the top models in the game, and also why she’s one of my favorite models of all time. The way she slants her eyes, positions her body, and models the clothing is simply perfection. I love the hot “Cuban Summer Nights” vibe this editorial gives off. I also love the vibrant color saturation that the photography duo is famous for; it elevates the editorial and makes it feel luxurious and dramatic.

Even though I adore this editorial, I do have to take into consideration that this editorial is a direct copy of Steven Meisel’s editorial for Vogue Italia February 1989, featuring the legendary Linda Evangelista. From the clothing, the make-up, the lighting, and intense poses, the Vogue Paris spread completely replicates the direction of the aforementioned editorial. Fashion is known for plagiarism and copywriting (which is accepted by many), but to do it so blatantly is a bit shocking. Nevertheless, I love the Vogue Paris editorial. It is beautiful, sexy, and captivating. Rating: 5/5

*See snippets of Meisel’s Vogue Italia spread below, and compare as you wish*

2. Sea, Air & Sun featuring Anja Rubik, shot by Hans Feurer
Hans Feurer is truly making a name for himself as being one of the popular photographers for VP. His style is very distinctive; even though I haven’t seen a lot of his work, I’m steadily becoming a fan. This editorial highlights Feurer’s natural approach perfectly. Anja Rubik’s strength in modelling always comes through with beach/tropical location photoshoots, so for her to partner up with Feurer again is a winning combination.
I love that the editorial is stripped of anything over-the-top or overtly edgy. The make-up is minimal, the styling is simple yet effective, and the hair is unfussy and beachy; the reader can clearly see and enjoy Rubik’s natural beauty and body. After all the more “hard” editorials that magazines put out, it’s refreshing to see an editorial that is clean and genuine. Rating: 5/5
3. Osmose featuring Daria Werbowy. Shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

First off, I just have to say that Daria Werbowy has been my favorite model ever since I found interest in fashion. The photography duo Inez & Vinoodh also have a very high rank on my personal list of favorite photographers. All that being said, this one-page spread is disappointing. Daria Werbowy and Inez & Vindoodh are known within the fashion world as being one of the strongest model/photographer pairing. To me, this photo does not reflect that genius combination.
Don’t get me wrong, all bias aside, this is a strong photo. The monochrome effect of Daria’s piercing blue eyes, the fresh water, and the sexy cut-out bathing suit is stunning. Also, her body is always great to look at. But having a tiny one-page spread simply cannot show the talent this pairing has. I love the photo, but I wish there was more to look at. After all, who else better represents Vogue Paris than Daria? Rating: 3/5
4. Downtown featuring Sasha Pivovarova, shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

This editorial featuring model chameleon Sasha Pivovarova is great! I really enjoy the blatant 80’s Madonna in NYC vibe that it brings. The styling is fun, authentic, and so fresh for the Parisian magazine. I’m so used to vampy Femme Fatale editorials that I had to take a second look at this editorial. It says more French Elle than Vogue Paris, but I still enjoy it.

The voice of the photoshoots is quirky, rather than sexy. That alone makes this editorial stand out from all of the others within this issue. The Annie Hall meets Madonna clothing paired with the kooky accessories is interesting to look at. Also, having the shoot located in an actual city makes the editorial even more authentic. Rating: 4/5

5. Fin du Fin featuring Snejana Onopka, shot by Giampaolo Sgura

This issue of Vogue Paris is so difficult for me to critique because Emmanuelle Alt continues to use my favorite models! I try to be objective and focus on analyzing the photos, but I end up gushing over these models whom I’ve loved for 5+ years. With Snejana Onopka, it’s extremely difficult to critique her because she’s such a stunning model who knows how to manuever her face/body to create an incredible frame. This editorial highlights just that.
I like the youthful essence this editorial has; the natural studio lighting and the funky styling really showcases Snejana’s ageless features. Her eyebrows look stunning; the thickness frames her big baby blues flawlessly. Even though the theme of Fin du Fin is not new to the magazine world, it is still good to see Vogue Paris step away from the sexpot look. Rating: 4/5
6. Soleil Noir featuring Raquel Zimmermann, shot by David Sims
David Sims is a great photographer; there is no fuss or extra glitz about his work, which I admire. His aesthetic is presented in this editorial with another amazing model chameleon, Raquel Zimmermann. She is known for her boyish body that can switch from sexy to masculine at a click of the camera. I like the more androgynous side of Raquel, so Soleil Noir is a great editorial for me.
This is the only editorial in this issue with a dark vibe; it contrasts well with the other ones and it also stands out. The approach to the photoshoot is a complete turnaround from the more sultry photos. The use of blacks, greys, whites, and nudes via clothing, background, and lighting makes the editorial muted yet still dramatic. The styling is the focal point of the editorial; when looking at them you are instantly drawn to the intricate details in the clothes themselves, as they are all black. This editorial and Sasha’s own make for a great standout pair for this issue. Rating: 5/5
7. Paradis Bleu featuring Karmen Pedaru, shot by Cedric Buchet
 
 When I first saw the pictures from this editorial, I had to take a second look. I was shocked that the model in the editorial was Karmen Pedaru; I honestly thought it was Victoria’s Secret bombshell Candice Swanepoel. Karmen is not really know for being sexy and (in my opinion) has a boring face, so I was presently surprised to find out that the vamped-up beach goddess was her!
The colors in this editorial are so eye-catching and inviting. Your eye is really drawn to the cobalt blue and sharp white combination, and the gold accents elevate the luxury of the styling. I like that the reader is forced to look up at the model, it makes the photos visually intriguing. Put against a tropical island background with cool photography angles, Paradis Bleu is truly a getaway. Overall Rating: 5/5
8. Bronzage Anticipe featuing Eniko Mihalik, shot by Giampaolo Sgura
Combine a talented photographer, a model with a great body, and fun scuba gear, and you have Bronzage Anticipe. For once, it was the lighting and not the model that caught my eye in an editorial. The color saturation effect used for the photoshoot compliments the “Bronze” theme Alt was going for. I think Eniko has one of the best bodies in the business, and the contours in her face were made to shoot; whenever an editorial highlights these assets I’m always a fan.
I also have to give this editorial credit for its stunning photoshop skill. Eniko’s skin looks buttery and her body is slim in all the right places. The airbrushing in the first headshot photo makes for a great introduction to the editorial, as it is fun and inviting. The accompanying photos is motivation for any girl looking to tone up for the summer. Who doesn’t want to look like that?
Rating: 5/5
Wrap-up: Pushing the Linda vs. Isabeli editorial debacle to the side, the June/July issue of Vogue Paris is one of the most stand-out issues for the month! Despite Alt’s usage of the same group of models for (somewhat) repetitive editorials, I believe this is her strongest issue to date. The editorials are eye-catching and fun, the lighting is flattering, and the models all look amazing and sexy.I love the editorial direction, the styling, the settings, everything. If you look for quality photoshoots in a magazine, this month’s issue of Vogue Paris is perfect for you. 
Overall Rating: 5/5
Photos Courtesy of: Fashion Gone Rogue, Fashion Copious, TFS member scans (Valentine 27, The Frenchy)

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