Are you sitting down? Steven Meisel and Vogue Italia are allegedly parting ways. While we anticipate the release of the June 2015 issue, no hints have been dropped as to who the next cover star will be, but discussions in our forums suggest that Steven Meisel wasn’t Franca Sozzani‘s photographer of choice for the shoot. The duo purportedly had creative differences when debating the theme of the shoot and have fiercely parted ways. The news (if indeed true) is sure to send shockwaves throughout the industry. Meisel has achieved a legacy at the magazine, photographing every single cover under Sozzani, starting in 1988 with model Robyn MacKintosh.
Our forum members are currently sharing their disbelief. “That wouldn’t shock me. If Meisel himself turned up on the cover, that would shock me,” laughed tigerrogue.
“NO!!!! Please don’t let Meisel go! Vogue Italia is the most artistic Vogue edition and without Meisel it will probably lose that image,” DutchHomme cried out.
“That is intriguing. I would be really shocked if Meisel stopped photographing for the cover,” shared a concerned Style Savvy.
Nepenthes is also in a state of shock, writing, “My first reaction to this would be sadness. I don’t know if it’d be for the best or not but I certainly hope he stays.”
“Ugh, Im gonna miss him for Vogue Italia. One of the few Vogue magazines that actually produced amazing, intriguingly beautiful editorials/covers,” VersaceVixen009 echoed.
But not everyone was saddened at the prospect. “Wowww thanks for all the good gossip, guys! It would be nice for VI to have rotating photographer covers. Steven Klein one month, Paolo Roversi the next, so on,” commented t-rex.
“Meisel’s work over the past year or so hasn’t warranted the hold he has on VI to be honest. I’d personally welcome a change,” added JesseDillon.
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