Jessica Chasten by Dusan Reljin for Vogue Ukraine, December 2016
The Vogue franchise has gone to sh*te: American Vogue, although having a bunch of classier covers like December 2016 with Michelle Obama, still isn’t as good as it used to be and still continues to glorify talentless crap; Vogue Paris has really gone bad under Alt; Vogue China and Japan, which used to have so much potential has also gone really bad so quickly recently; British Vogue, still commercial and never outstanding; Vogue Italia, not as good anymore but still not terrible (thank God); while the rest of the Vogues are plain boring.
Ask me what I thought about Vogue Ukraine a year ago and I would’ve said “meh”; and although I still do find it boring and never outstanding enough, it’s never actually been really bad; when I saw the December 2016 issue with Jessica Chastain on it, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s unique, adventurous, artistic, and the cropping and layout isn’t an eyesore. I wouldn’t call it an original though since it still seems quite similar to some of Vogue Italia’s older works, but still, I think the cover is beautiful! Especially considering how the Vogue franchise is barely surviving, it’s extremely delightful to finally see a magazine cover worthy of the Vogue title.
I don’t usually like celebrities in magazine covers but some covers, such as this, are truly exceptional. Especially since models these days aren’t as good as they used to be, sometimes it actually becomes more interesting with a celebrity on the cover. Jessica Chastain has always been a celebrity who can also deliver on photographs; and although I’m not really a big fan of Dusan Reljin, I do think this editorial is the most outstanding of his entire portfolio.
Big praises to Vogue Ukraine! I do hope they continue improving and innovating for 2017 and beyond.
Photos courtesy of The Fashion Spot