28.1.08

Question(s) Of The Day


...before I conk out, why on earth is the Vogue India cover for next month so...off? Katrina Kaif looks stiff, and I like the background, but not the simpery pose, hair or expression. And why on earth do Vogue Korea's covers always look amazing even if they're reprints from US Vogue editorials? I love those juicy pop lips on Natalia..maybe I should just take lessons in Korean or Japanese so I can read one of their Vogues instead..
Image source: The Fashion Spot (here and here)

19 comments:

enc said...

Who can say why the covers are disparate . . . maybe if we quizzed the art directors, they'd tell us. Both girls are beautiful, and both covers have beautiful qualities, but I agree that the Kaif cover does seem stiff. Maybe it's the weight of that dress and the encrusted surroundings. Vodianova seems waify and wispy, and her surroundings are virtually non-existent. That pares things down, I think.

headmistress said...

oh god, Katrina Kaif? She looks like a broken mannequin. Although I love the colours and the background, and even her slightly claustrophobic dress...
the Korean cover meanwhile is perfectly soothing! the expanse of seagreen and those gorgeous lips - I'm off to bed and will hopefully dream of summer!

The Clothes Horse said...

The cover just has too much going on to be a cover. Maybe inside as part of an editorial this image wouldn't be so...disappointing. However, covers need to awe us and draw us in! Vogue does disappoint no matter the country sometimes though.

coco said...

that cover looks quite dated
there is no energy in it

Libertygirl said...

i'm with you. Messy cover. LLG xx

Libertygirl said...

i'm with you. Messy cover. LLG xx

susie_bubble said...

Great great things keep on popping up from Korea.... everything always looks so fresh!
I've seen some fab Vogue India covers... this is not one of them though...

Elisabeth said...

Oh dear, it looks so dreary.

And the article "Get The Perfect Butt" looks so wrong with the "theme" of the cover...

shredz said...

I bought the magazine today. The articles are quite good actually, though you're right about the cover - it is quite stiff pose. I'm not a Katrina Kaif fan anyway - I find her rather expressionless, even in her movies. <33

Perakath said...

Go on, you have to read it though, don't you want The Perfect Butt?

evie said...

i see i am not alone in noticing the "get the perfect butt" title. i saw that before i even noticed the cover! is this cosmo/ glamour mag going under cover?

ambika said...

Wow, that is a bad cover. Simpering doesn't even begin to describe it. And the dress is beyond fug.

Blue Floppy Hat said...

ENC: The standout about the Korean cover for me is the use of light and colour, I thought- it's such a striking shot. But to be, the Indian cover doesn't look very Vogue at all- it's disappointing.
Headmistress: The background is what I like about the cover- though it's an utter failure otherwise. Odd, considering the fact that Katrina Kaif was a model and should know how to work it better.
The Clothes Horse: Truthfully, I wouldn't find this image compelling anywhere- Vogue does have certain limitations as a market leader among magazines, but this just isn't what I'd expect any edition of a fashion magazine to put on their cover.
LLG: You're right, that combination of pink fussy dress, fussier hair, and background is not good.
Susie: Vogue Korea can be awesome.. As for Vogue India, this is only their fifth cover, but I can only point at one really good cover shot so far- November 2007 featuring Deepike Padukone.
Elisabeth: I didn't really notice the 'get the perfect butt' line till you pointed it out- I was too busy wrinkling my nose at the photograph!
Shredz: Thanks for the heads-up about the articles, I might consider getting it if I can get past my distaste for the cover (I know, I shouldn't judge magazines by their covers, but still). Katrina Kaif isn't much of an actress, but I thought it was more because of her lack of familiarity with Hindi than anything else.
Evie: I must be incredibly unobservant..as I said to Elisabeth, I didn't notice that line at all till you guys pointed it out!
Ambika: I'm starting to wonder if the pink and simpering are part of a Valentine's day theme...in which case (in fact, in any case)- it's fug all right.

Meg said...

I finally got hold of a Vogue India copy this Xmas break from my step-pater and I've got to admit I didn't finish reading it...or even looking at the pictures in it. I got bored and the new issue of iD was calling me instead. It was a little stale and the layout looked a little...blah.

riz said...

Do you have any comments on the sort of Anglo-centrism of all the models for non-Western magazine covers and spreads??
It's the sort of thing that bothers me about Anime too.

Maddy said...

Even so, you must admit that the pink dress is lovely.

Blue Floppy Hat said...

Meg: hello, good to see you back :) I lost interest in Vogue India after the first two issues,but if I had to pick up an Indian fashion mag, it and Elle would probably be the extent of my choices- it's better than most of the rubbish (Femina, Cosmo, etc) that gets put out.
Riz: I'm sorry I took so long to see this, but when you say Anglo-centricism, do you mean in terms of the magazine's choice of models, or something else?
Maddy: The dress is lovely, all right- but I'm not such a fan of pink, and the horrible pose is totally distracting me. I still think it's a bad shot for a Vogue cover, it looks like it belongs on the front of Women's Era (REALLY trashy, stupid women's mag in South India) instead.

IT IS WHAT IT IS said...

THEY CAN DO BETTER THEN THIS HEINOUS COVER

Anonymous said...

I am sorry if someone has already mentioned it but as an avid subscriber of American Vogue and a Graphic designer, i also noticed that Indian Vogue tends to cover the models head with the letters of VOGUE where as most other Vogue covers do not. Vogue is one of the most recognized magazines in the world and i dont think covering a letter or two of its title will throw off the reader. The subject is more important than the name of the magazine but ultimitly the decision lies with the editor in cheif and apparently it is not the case with Indian Vogue.

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