Today was a low day for fashion no question. First off…
Yes, that blight on the right is Madonna’s boy toy Jesus Luz in Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2009/10 menswear ad, in the foreground of D&G mainstays like David Gandy, Noah Mills and Adam Senn. Seriously? Seriously?! I guess bumping uglies Madonna will get you everywhere. The ad itself doesn’t break new ground and follows the same old D&G formula with photographer Steven Klein shooting male models in suggestive poses in dark settings. Eva Herzigova looks pretty much unrecognizable and Jesus Luz looks weirdly Photoshopped. They could have done much better, especially minus Jesus. Major fail in my books.
Second and more WTF is the super-lazy Harper’s Bazaar July cover (above left), where they use a paparazzi shot of Angelina Jolie from Getty to accompany a Naomi Wolf essay entitled “Why Women Want Angelina Jolie’s Life.” Why indeed Harper’s Bazaar?? For a respected and established fashion publication, the cover’s a little mind-boggling to me. For one, it’s doesn’t look to be done in an intentionally ironic way like the November 2007 art issue of W, which used Richard Prince’s “rephotographs” of Hollywood actresses on the red carpet (Angelina included) to comment on mass media and celebrity. And it looks no better than an US Weekly cover, which is quite a shame since Bazaar has an iconic history of photos and covers done by great photographers and artists like Avedon, Brodovitch and Lindbergh. It seems like Bazaar is either cutting corners by using a paparazzi photo instead of setting up their own shoot with Jolie or are going for the easy sell to the masses by pandering to the rampant cult of celebrity and tabloid journalism.
Sadly, Bazaar had a great shoot of Doutzen Kroes by Terry Richardson at their disposal (above right), but instead opted to use it for their subscriber’s cover (which are infinitely more creative and superior to the newsstand covers of late). I’m not even a fan of Doutzen, but have to say this cover is much more appropriate for a fashion magazine than the Angelina paparazzi shot. No doubt a cover with Angelina Jolie (well-done or not) will outsell a cover with Doutzen, who’s barely known outside fashion circles aside from her Victoria’s Secret work but really…WTF Bazaar???