Our forum members have been speculating for weeks about the guest editor for Vogue Paris’ annual Christmas issue and we finally have our answer. Inès de La Fressange takes over and stars on two covers for the double-issue, both lensed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Styled by Emmanuelle Alt, the 57-year-old Parisian appears in a nude black and white image for the first cover, while on the second, Inès personifies true Parisian style in a black leather trench.
Of course, the minute the cover surfaced, our forum members began to deliberate. “How gorgeous, just perfect! Excited to see what she did with the issue,” enthused Miss Dalloway, who got us off to a positive start.
“I like this a lot. Especially how the layout complements the image,” complimented kokobombon.
Also impressed was Zelda Zonk, who commented, “Wow, so great to see her on the cover of Vogue Paris, I wasn’t expecting it at all! It’s a very beautiful cover.”
But have Mert and Marcus gone too far with the retouching? “Indeed a very pleasant surprise to see her, but I really wish it was shot by someone like Inez & Vinoodh or even Testino. Someone that would make her look her age. Mert & Marcus’ retouching is always unappealing to me,” wrote Marc10.
“Great seeing Inès here, but they’ve completely Photoshopped all the character that made her such a unique and stunning model. Yes, she still looks great, but doesn’t really look like her,” agreed justaguy.
“I mean it’s Photoshopped within an inch of its life (but that’s M&M for you) however I think it’s a pretty stunning cover. It’s very classic,” credited Cosmic Voices.
Sharing the same sentiments was honeycombchild: “Beautiful cover but I’m with the comments about M&M’s retouching. We’ve got to a horrible point in our culture where you’re simply not allowed to look your age in magazines, regardless of how beautiful you are, like Inès. It’s scary and sad, should be a proud thing to look fantastic for your age, not some morphed thirty-year-old smooth version of yourself.”
Check out the thread and view both covers in full for yourself. Which is your favorite? Tell us inside the thread here.