After taking a break from modeling to focus on her art projects and to enjoy motherhood, Sasha Pivovarova is slowly but surely making a strong comeback. Having already starred in recent Prada campaigns and having done various editorials for major magazines, she has now landed her first Vogue cover since October 2011 when she covered Vogue Paris. For the August 2013 issue of Vogue Japan, she was shot by Patrick Demarchelier and is shown wearing a stunning dress from the Christian Dior Fall 2013 collection. TFS forum members could not find any flaws in Sasha’s appearance on the cover.
“EPIC!!!!!!!!!!! Sasha looks divine as always, stunning shot!” gushed an excited miguelalmeida.
And Urban Stylin added, “I like it, fresh yet unexpected but the BAG!!!!”
The promotional item on the cover seems to be a point of frustration for many members, with some of them even making the effort to remove it from the cover with photoshop. Although giving away what seems to be a postcard sized Fendi bag with the issue is certainly a nice gesture by Vogue Japan, the placement of the preview image was all wrong, forum members agreed.
“I AM OUTRAGED BY THAT BAG! WHY?” vented MON, who went on to say, “But Sasha looks gorgeous! That pose, that stare and that dress! Oh and that mouth!!! Lord have mercy! I love everything except the bag!” MON also pointed out issues with the layout and Vogue Japan’s unsatisfying art direction.
Greenway was more pleased with the cover. He wrote, “This is gorgeous, I gasped when I saw the title because I was trying to think what they would do with Sasha and the image in my head definitely wasn't like this. It's so fresh and the light, the Dior dress is showcased to its best potential and the veil is very fitting.”
However, Nymphaea also agreed that the awkward layout took away from the beauty of the cover image. “Lovely picture, Sasha looks beautiful. Hate the clutter around her! It makes the pic less clean,” he stated.
It is unfortunate to see one of tFS’ favorite models being overshadowed by promotional gifts and poor text placement on a Vogue cover, and I certainly co-sign what most forum members said. Sasha looks striking and, for once, Vogue Japan did a brilliant job with the styling on the cover, and yet the joy of seeing a flawless image is marred when you have such a fussy layout distracting from it. Having additional images on a Vogue cover is really just so… non-Vogue. And I would like to just repeat what justaguy commented and say, “Shame on Vogue Japan for ruining it with the shot of the handbag!”