KRISTEN MCMENAMY FOR VOGUE ITALIA
by Jeremy Danté
quite possibly the most compelling editorial spread from italian vogue in history; steven meisel sets the creative bar even higher for the publications august issue. represented by DNA models, supermodel icon kristen mcmenamy is cast in this award winning performance for vogue italia’s ‘water & oil’ editorial. as a vivid graphic depiction of the oil spill crisis, this spread blurs the line of environmental awareness & high end editorial. before fashion broadcasts trend or introduces fleets of bad bitches annually, it is to be respected as an art form. styled by karl templer, the spread captures toxicity & the vile disgust of pollution to the forefront of vogue italia’s groundbreaking editorial pages. spanning 24 pages within the issue, seeing this spread; i sat in silence with chills all over my body. the concept is beyond genius & the execution put fourth by italian vogue has, yet again, raised the bar for other publications in fashion. the spread challenges your perception of beauty & an undeniably transparent message is being broadcast. a stunning job editorially, photographically, stylistically & literally. this is what puts steven meisel & italian vogue above the rest. a daring, beautiful, disastrous & a completely accurate translation of how drastic this crisis is.
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