Members of our forums began to descend on the Cover Rumor Thread a while ago to speculate on Vogue Italia's upcoming cover. The wait is finally over, though, as the cover eventually surfaced right before the weekend, but with mixed reactions. The July 2014 foldout cover of Italian Vogue features 11 faces, all socializing and engaging with one another while being photographed by Steven Meisel in a cafe/restaurant setting. Styled by Karl Templer, the models wear a range of outfits from Louis Vuitton.
"Easily the most stale cover they've had in ages, Lexi's face looks like a reject from two months ago and all the other girls look 'shopped to the max. The film is dripping with pretense; apathetic models hanging around in a bar, looking void and hollow while the voice is supposed to add a layer of depth but does not connect to the images. What a terrible disappointment," commented Vitamine W.
loladonna was on the same wavelength: "Nobody is 'killing it' on this cover. Everyone looks bored and the direction and composition is beyond lazy."
"Exactly, everyone looks awful. And if it were any other magazine but Vogue Italia, people would be bashing this to shreds, because it's terribly amateur looking and awkward," echoed HeatherAnne.
On the other hand, some forum members were delighted. "I love everything about this cover," enthused quangthinh.
Miss Dalloway also seemed very satisfied and wrote, "It's beautiful, especially once you see it in full. The male model in the foldout should have been in the main cover, he has far more presence than any of the other two guys! I always love seeing male models being included in the cover."