Monday, March 16, 2009

Wintour Akimbo // Revamping

With all the talk of the decline of American Vogue -- and rumors of Anna Wintour's departure from the masthead -- let's take a look at her attempts to mix up the content. First: more multi-girl editorials.
Yes, Vogue now has these two black girls -- Liya Kebede and Jourdan Dunn -- in the model rotation along with multiethnic teen Chanel Iman. A mighty group of three, they join Anna's go-to legion of Nordic blondes and chubby Brits. Anna still does not approve Asian models. Also not changed is the easy styling, which infrequently mixes different designers in favor of straight-from-the-runway looks, and the penchant for jumping and movement that Vogue photographers love. Here's a spread from the new April issue:
AnA loves metallics, leggings, skinny limbs and miming. A bit tired, no, because doesn't everyone do it? Remember any 90s editorials from American Vogue?
This 1992 editorial is listed under "epic": Steven Meisel, Marc Jacobs' legendary collection for Perry Ellis, grunge, supermodels, combat boots and hunches. It's sexy yet androgynous, glamorous and filthy. American Vogue definitely has the artistic goods to deliver to its readership. Whether Anna remains the editor who can make that happen is debatable.

1 comment:

fashion herald said...

and isn't that kristen mcmenamy? love.
the new girls need to learn how to convincingly fall off their bikes.

who dat