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Vogue Italia Features Three Photographers and Two Same-Sex Kisses on Its September Covers

Forget American Vogue‘s mega September spectacular, each year, our forums eagerly await the reveal of Vogue Italia’s take on the all-important September issue. However, due to some staff changes and a massive overhaul of the magazine earlier this year, we were unsure what to expect this season. Last month’s Lara Stone cover was declared a total flop and the title is currently doing its best to stimulate interest in its latest issue. So much so, three different photographers were commissioned to capture the multiple September 2017 covers, with Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and Willy Vanderperre each submitting fashion stories for us to deliberate over (all three featuring Italian beauty Mariacarla Boscono). But are three photographers and two same-sex kisses enough to please the masses?

Out Now Bacio! #thenewvogueitalia #itsallaboutitaly by #mertandmarcus @mertalas @macpiggott styled by @alastairmckimm Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @gb65 Full Cover + Fold-Out Credits Fashion: @prada #prada #MariacarlaBoscono @ Elite Milano @iosonomariacarlaboscono Federico Spinas @ I Love Management Lily Aldridge @ Img Models @lilyaldridge Vittoria Ceretti @ Elite Milano @vittoceretti Pablo Rousson e Edoardo Velickskov Casting Piergiorgio Del Moro @pg_dmcasting and Samuel Ellis Scheinman @samuel_ellis Hair Cyndia Harvey @ Streeters @cyndiaharvey Make-up Isamaya Ffrench @ Streeters @isamayaffrench Manicure Mary Soul using Chanel Le Vernis Set design Andrea Stanley @ Streeters On set Across Media Productions

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The covers by Mert & Marcus (above) were the first to feel the wrath of our unimpressed forum members. “Indecisive cover, hesitant. It should have been more bold/statement. Forgettable,” scolded Nymphaea.

“I really, really resent this!! For September I don’t need gimmicks like this!!” hollered Miss Dalloway.

“This can’t be a September cover. Too generic, boring and lifeless,” zacatecas570 stated in disbelief.

“I know they’re trying different things but the non-Meisel covers always end up falling flat compared to the Meisel ones,” said Scotty.

Starry made his feelings clear toward Inez & Vinoodh’s covers (above). “The new cover by I&V really makes me think that Vogue Italia has lost itself. The main cover with Mariacarla and the fold-out image is so disconnected!” he disapproved.

Also not buying it was GivenchyHomme: “I don’t like all these covers. It shows a lack of confidence. One strong image is all this magazine needs to make a statement, that’s how it’s always been. This, however, is a mess.”

“I agree, Lack of confidence indeed. Coupled with uncertainty,” replied an unfulfilled MON. “It frustrates me that they felt that this kind of gimmick is better than producing one strong cover. Like come on, the new Italy concept can be represented by one strong cover. Seriously, 3?”

“Laughable. This is sad. Should we really take this serious? If they continue like this, they are bound to loose credibility,” protested guimon.

Where’s Steven Meisel, when you need him? See more from the issue and add your own two cents here.