We’ve encountered our fair share of plain white studio backgrounds when it comes to Vogue Japan’s covers. Now that we’re in 2021, however, the magazine appears to be turning over a new leaf. Following last month’s Mona Tougaard offering, the mag heads back outdoors for its February 2021 cover shoot. Rianne Van Rompaey is captured wearing a veil and a white lace Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda creation (courtesy of Anna Dello Russo) by photographic duo Luigi & Iango on location in the Puglia region of Italy.
The cover took our forum members by surprise. “The text overload is really killing a good cover,” voiced THD96.
“The image is fantastic, but that art direction is an eyesore! What are all those colors? However, I like that Luigi & Iango took editorials outside recently…” commented aracic.
“The colored masthead ruined it for me. It feels like they wanted a summery cover, but Rianne wasn’t in the mood so they had to deal with it,” stated MON.
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Benn98 wasn’t exactly jumping for joy, either. “Seems they’ve used an image initially intended for Vogue Weddings. It’s faultless, but not ‘fashion’ enough. Too bridal. And the art direction just doesn’t work.”
“I’ve been dying to see her do a classic style Vogue Japan cover. A white background, killer outfit and a fierce pose. Imagine my disappointment when I saw this. The most offensive thing about this is how they hid her face. Why would they do something like that?” asked GivenchyHomme.
“I miss Vogue Japan covers with the white background,” Scotty chimed in.
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