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10 SPONTANEOUS THOUGHTS ON VOGUE ITALIA JULY 2008

"Here's this exquisite girl"....."What don't you get? She's a beautiful woman" Steven Meisel in the NY Times on Sessilee Lopez"Here's this exquisite girl"....."What don't you get? She's a beautiful woman" Steven Meisel in the NY Times on Sessilee Lopez

1. The big win is for Major's Sessilee Lopez. A cover, beautiful pictures and a on-the-record endorsement from Mr Meisel. She deserves all that!
2.Its very modern and very shrewd of Sozzanni and company to harness the passion and interest of internet fashion fans by pre-releasing the cover (virtually unheard of for VI) as well as a select group of images. TI bets newstand sales are going to be in-sane.
3.Edward Enninful's email quotes on Horn's "On The Runway" blog were amazing. This dispells for me the sentiment by some that this shoot was a cynical gesture.
4.The timing of the PR push is very interesting. Enough said LOL.
5.Oddly enough I cannot wait to see those Toccara Jones snaps
6. It was very real on Ms Sozzani's part to point out that Noemie's Vogue Paris cover wasn't supported by an inside ediitorial. Interesting enough the Hiss Squad told me Iman recently booked a Vogue Paris gig.
7.From Vogue Paris to US Vogue to Vogue Italia, Conde Nast editors are playing market leaders on that issue of diversity. It will be interesting to see the echo effect at other magazine groups but more importantly the advertiser response.
8. Which evokes the question made explicit by Horn, "Can black models sell (luxury) in 2008?" Two very powerful photographers, Nick Knight and Steven Meisel have gone on the record to say they are discouraged by clients from casting black models.
9. TI loves seeing Ashley Brokaw in the media spotlight.
10. Wonder who's the August VI cover. Hiss Squad alert!

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