Remember when I was looking out for international Vogue editions and praising their aesthetics? This just isn’t one of those months. But then again, I already praised one December 2013 issue – Vogue US. I just might’ve emptied the praise bag right there!
The December 2013 of several international editions of Vogue magazines look like major fails. I’m fully aware that December issues aren’t supposed to be the feisty fashionable September issues, but I do expect them to be a little more festive than the average issues. And instead… I found these:
Vogue Spain December 2013
Joan Smalls styled by Belen Antolin and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld looks so disappointing! The perfect example of a fabulous cover gone horribly wrong. In fact I’ll correct that: the entire pictorial could’ve been breathtaking! If it weren’t for Lagerfeld and his obsessively un-living photographic perspective and unhealthy overdose of Chanel clothing!
Just judge for yourself by looking at four of Joan’s very fashionable and ultra versatile faces she’s making for Lagerfeld’s lenses!
Vogue Germany December 2013
Julia Stegner styled by Christiane Arp and photographer by Giampaolo Sgura could’ve been effervescent. Instead it’s like sparkling water that’s been in the glass overnight: sans bulles, sans sparkle, dusty. The entire pictorial – named Schnee-Konigin (Snow Queen) – is like a sustained effort to put whatever on Julia and then top it off with ridiculous headwear.
(oh, and did I mention that the cover dress is a twin of the dress from the December 2013 cover of Vogue Portugal?)
Vogue Australia December 2013
Arizona Muse styled by Jilian Davison and photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg would’ve made an excellent advertising campaign. But not a Vogue cover! I’m all for breaking the rhythm and bringing in the unexpected in the rusty routine, but this is the type of pictorial used for celebrities. Arizona is not a celebrity. She’s a model. She’s supposed to model, not look established (the name of the pictorial is ‘State of Arizona’).
And if this is their idea of modeling, they should’ve offered these shots in a catalog, not a 2013 issue of Vogue magazine!
Vogue Russia December 2013
Maryna Linchuk styled by Olga Dunina and photographed by Vincent Peters had the least damaged potential. But even so: the inside pictorial ruined it! I’m trying to escape the image of clothesless ladies standing around glamorously vested Maryna like plastic mannequins is some pretentious horror flick.
If that’s the Russian picture for ‘winter party season’, shivers go down my spine! The pictorial is named Кабаре (Cabaret) and instead of focusing on the glitz and the glam like the beautiful cover’s aura, it turns more on the gloom and the doom. This lack of enthusiasm brings my Xmassy spirit down.
Vogue Ukraine December 2013
Marie Piovesan photographed by Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello. As the inside pictorial preview seems to point, Marie Piovesan is working a cocoon-like aesthetic. Hard to explain and to capture from just two images, but it feels creepy and menacing and overly severe. Bleached eyebrows are sooo yesterday! And that butterfly idea is soooo overused (remember last year’s magnificent Edun campaign). Nothing feels like celebrating in this issue. Except if you’re thinking of a moth party, than maybe yes. Definitely!
(all the images included in this story were released by the Vogue magazines through their respective official social media channels: Vogue Spain, Vogue Germany, Vogue Australia, Vogue Russia, Vogue Ukraine)