Vogue Australia made no attempt to hide the fact that Mario Testino was to shoot and guest edit an entire edition of the magazine after announcing the collaboration back in December 2015 and documenting Testino’s trip down under across its Instagram feed. The wait is finally over as the magazine unveiled its highly anticipated April 2016 cover over the weekend. Our forums half-expected an Aussie cover star, but the honor went to Dutch bombshell Lara Stone, surrounded by Australian twins Jordan and Zac Stenmark with brother Louis Stenmark joining them and David Genat also thrown in for good measure. Testino shot the group lazing around with Lara looking fantastic in a white Alexandre Vauthier dress, as they enjoy the warm Sydney sunshine with Harbour Bridge making for a glorious backdrop.
Although for such a celebratory and momentous occasion, members of our forums weren’t feeling it all too much. “So much better than his Vogue Italia issue, though Lara’s face is a bit off,” critiqued jeffandtheworld right away.
“Maybe if she had another face, but I like the concept,” madzedre added.
Also uncertain was Bertrando3: “I like the idea of the background, the various models in these poses but I wish it wasn’t a double-page cover (I have never liked them on any magazine) and Lara looked happier because she looks unsure or in an uncomfortable position.”
In agreement was kokobombon, admitting, “I kinda like it but Lara’s expression not so much. She looks so uncomfortable and there are too many guys. They’re messing the composition up with just their heads.”
SpeakThatJDunn most definitely wasn’t buying it. “Wasn’t this an issue dedicated to Australia? He shot all the big Australian models and Lara got the cover? It’s okay. Hardly reads ‘special issue.'”
“Testino needs to take a long break!! This looks very amateurish. The models look uncomfortable, the composition could’ve been great but is sloppy, Lara’s face looks weird and everything feels dated,” ranted an underwhelmed Wolkfolk.
“So Mario Testino takes control of another Vogue issue, and not so well…” laughed phungnam96.
See who else Testino shot for the occasion, check out some previews of the content and join the conversation here.