Following a bold Billie Eilish offering and an utterly breathtaking Zhou Dongyu cover just last month, it’s safe to say that Vogue China is back on our radar. Powering through the pandemic with effortless ease, Angelica Cheung selects Natalia Vodianova as the publication’s August 2020 cover star. Fresh off a trio of Vogue Hong Kong covers, the Russian supermodel is the epitome of elegance and sophistication in the chic cover image captured by Estelle Hanania. Instead of relying on Maria Grazia Chiuri’s latest collection for Christian Dior, Daniela Paudice opted to pull one of the French fashion house’s most iconic looks from its archives for the cover shot: the brand’s signature Bar jacket and skirt from the New Look collection in 1947.
But unfortunately, the cover fell flat for our forum members. “It’s just not a strong enough image to go for that vintage Irving Penn vibe!” called out Miss Dalloway.
“It looks so fan-made. Is this real? Look at the font, the quality of the image and so on. I find Natalia so boring these days and a 1940s look for 2020? Groundbreaking,” ranted Bertrando3.
“That’s an actual vintage Bar jacket? They had one of the most important and original looks in the history of fashion and Dior is very selective about who they loan it to and that’s what they’ve done with it?” asked an underwhelmed Benn98.
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“It literally looks like the work of your mediocre high school photographer who wants to work in fashion and starts building a portfolio cheaply recreating classic photos with a friend who everyone says will be a model. I can’t believe an original Dior Bar jacket was loaned for this,” dodencebt chimed in.
“Nothing looks appealing. That’s actually quite an accomplishment,” added mikel.
“At least she’s wearing something from New Look, which is fresher than Maria Grazia Chiuri’s ‘Old Look’. It’s not a total flop in that regard,” said GivenchyHomme.
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