It’s not everyday you come across a fashion spread of 100 plus pages in a single magazine issue.
Fashion goes beyond white. Vogue Italy decided to show the world how a black issue is made and with whom. Except the cover-girls (Liya Kebede, Sessilee Lopez, Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campbell) you can also find from Alek Wek to Tyra Banks, all pictured in a color statement spread that has taken the world by storm.
Not trying to set a particular trend, but hoping to make people react to a mere physical reality, Vogue Italy Black Issue could, however, kick start a colored catwalk for the next fashions shows. (there are some of Naomi’s pictures from this Vogue’s issue and a clip with all the pictures from the magazine after the cover picture)
Personally I always found diversity blissful, especially when talking runway. And if they stubbornly avoid colored models, they should also label their products “White people only”. It’s sad but true. And even if they’ll call it coincidence or pure hazard, it’s a lie. There’s nothing hazardous about this industry.(click thumbnails for larger pictures)
Speaking of hazardous – Naomi’s spread (by Steven Meisel) looks everything but objective to me. I may not be in measure to comment in fully conscience and I hope some of the readers who know better will help me with some cultural facts: these pictures don’t impress me in a fashion way at all. Is there something special about a black half naked woman surrounded by cookies that makes fashion ring in crystal ways?