Russian topmodel Daria Strokous, who’s a muse to Dior designer Raf Simons and photographer Steven Meisel, has landed another Vogue Russia cover. The November cover marks her second appearance on the cover of her native country’s edition of Vogue. The cover was shot by Patrick Demarchelier and shows Daria wearing natural makeup and an opulent Christian Dior Haute Couture runway outfit. Opinions on the styling were divided on the tFS forums.
“Inspiration from Babushka? Don't get the styling…” admitted BBBBB.
Nepenthes couldn’t make much of the styling either. He wrote, “I like the Babushka reference however the styling is very confusing. That said, Daria looks stunning. But I think the cover could have been a lot more striking had the styling been different.”
A more positive reaction came from MyNameIs who posted, “This is gorgeous. I'm not a fan of Daria, but she looks really lovely here. The styling works for me. Love the composition and the colors too. Very fresh and crisp.”
True, the composition and styling are very unusual, but unfortunately that special wow-factor is lacking here anyway. It’s always a delight to see the beautiful Daria, who’s ranked #6 on the models.com Top 50 ranking, on a cover and there seems to be many good ideas behind this cover (maybe too many?), but seemingly the result falls flat.