Steven Meisel shot Isabella Rossellini for the June cover of Vogue Italia, their take on Vogue’s Health Initiative campaign. The problem is that Rossellini was photographed in such a way that the image looks dated and unappealing. As stereo complained, “It looks like 1992, not 2012.”
Blueorchid couldn’t contain her disbelief. “You shoot Isabella Rossellini and you do… THIS? Are you kidding me?” she asked.
“I thought I was in the Vintage Magazines forum and just closed the tab without even looking twice at this,” Psylocke admitted. “This is so outdated. I must say she looks quite nice but everything else about this is horrible. The light, the colors, the frumpy styling… this is the worst VI cover of the year so far (and I haven't liked any of the other ones either!),” she exclaimed.
Luxx’s love for Rossellini overcame the issues that other forum members had with the cover. “One of the most elegant and refined faces to ever grace fashion. EVER,” she declared. “This woman is a legend in every sense of the word and it pleases me that she is on the cover of Vogue Italia. Who better to represent the spirit of Italian beauty in all its glory… The cover is not bad, it simply doesn't look like a Vogue Italia cover in the sense of what we've come to expect. It isn't edgy, it isn't pushing an unsubtle piece of runway attire that no one outside of the industry would ever wear, and it isn't perfect or any of that. To me this is like a beautiful, happy portrait you would take of a dear friend and I appreciate that. I just love Isabella. I am so biased, I can't even hide it,” she gushed.
I initially wasn’t into this cover, but Luxx’s passion for Rossellini and the sight of an older woman looking happy on the cover of Vogue may have swayed me. The whole thing kind of warms my heart, and since this is Vogue Italia's Heath Initiative issue, it's refreshing to see a cover model who isn't stick thin or an Olympic athlete.
Image: vogue.it via the Fashion Spot forums.