Vogue Italia: Haute Mess

Posted on March 09, 2012

Darlings, here’s your … crazy for the day. Because we’re pretty sure if we said “Here’s your pretty for the day,” you’d all shriek, “Are you CRAZY?!?” So let’s just cut to the chase. Vogue Italia once again skirts the line of bad taste (or goes barreling over it, depending on your perspective) by dressing a gaggle of world-class models in world-class fashion and then dolling them up in skank drag. It’s … something; we’ll give it that.

Have fun with this one, kittens.

Vogue Italia March 2012 Issue, “Haute Mess.” Photographer: Steven Meisel. Stylist: Lori Goldstein. Models: Joan Smalls, Jessica Stam, Karen Elson, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Lindsey Wixson, Daphne Groeneveld, Guinevere van Seenus & Coco Rocha.
Makeup: Pat McGrath. Hair: Jimmy Paul.



[Photo Credit: Steven Meisel for vogue.it via thefashionspot.com]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

    Well, the they can’t be accused of false advertising. :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore


  • belfebe

    I don’t know what they were trying to accomplish, but whatever it is, is hilarious.

    • Nariya

      My thoughts exactly! It’s like ANTM gone horribly wrong, and that’s SAYIN’ something. I am so amused.

      • belfebe

        For real :-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564839755 Jillian Liszewski

        Haha, exactly.  Does this mean that the Jerry Springer look is going to be in for Summer?  I can see the ANTM challenge right now…

  • filmcricket

    The mani/pedis are terrifying, and none of this would convince me to buy the clothes, even if I were in a position to do so.

    • AnaRoW

       Is it the clothes that they’re trying to showcase? I honestly thought they were trying to sell bad wigs.  I can barely pick anything else out.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NOWQRXMYKVEJBF2FRWGEYQLPUM K

      Super long toenails…. can not unsee!!!!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

        Yes!!!  Me either – NO!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

    that’s just odd.  i think the concept could work but they went straight to trashy town and all those high end designer clothes look like cheap shit they slapped together out of a costume store.  poorly realized idea, someone needed to tap the breaks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I found it hilarious, and it sure makes you stop and watch the clothes.

  • kentiesgirl

    Well that first photo sets the tone, doesn’t it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043171034 Tadiana Walton Jones

    The styling is shouting so loudly I can’t get any kind of feel for the actual clothing.  Whatever.  Clearly I’m not in their target audience (who consist of the extremely young and flamboyent).

    • kentiesgirl

      I reading the target audience for this as high camp drag queens. Or meth heads. Or drag queens who play meth heads. Oh Vogue italia….I was sure one of the ‘mom’ shots would have a bottle of liquor and a lit cigarette as well. You disappoint, LOL.

      • Shannon Maxham

        I can’t get RuPaul’s Drag Race theme out of my head after looking at these…..

  • crow girl

    This perfectly illustrates the old adage, “Better taste and no money, than money and no taste. So, well done, I say!”

  • J D

    I love ALL of this.  Except for the girl squatting over the urinal.

    The blurred out baby, the Skittles wrapper in the hair.  This is cracked out in the best (most Vogue Italia) way possible and it wouldn’t have it any other way.

    • Adriana_Paula

      I’m with you; I kind of like its wackadoo-ness, but that urinal shot was entirely uncalled for and seems like it’s from a whole different, more methed-out photo shoot.

      • lizajane1776

        Actually, that reminded me of a Women’s Lib (maybe) picture from the late 1960’s of a woman at a urinal, except in that one, she was facing it as if using it, implying that she could do anything a man could.

        • BarnacleBetty

           My niece can totally pee standing up. 

    • kingderella

      i like it, too.
      high fashion has always (or at least since punk) taken inspiration from the poor, and vice versa. its a back and forth.
      also, i see a salute to drag queens in this.

  • cmb92191

    The concept seems outrageous.  It looks like the over the top models are in normal places like Burger King, grocery store, McDonalds.  I do like the flower coat although I could never wear it anywhere.  The red head with a bright blue jacket looks nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523566011 Dawn Grimes Stough

    LOL!!  that’s awesome :)  i LOVED the bathroom cellphone picture.  at least this spread is something different..  it’s cool.

    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      Yeah, the bathroom cellphone pic totally cracked me up!

  • saanrio

    I may be branding myself any number of things, but I really don’t understand what they were going for with this.  It is confused and the styling is so over the top that I doubt I paid any attention to the clothes. 

    The clothes ARE supposed to be the focus of most fashion magazines, right?  Maybe I don’t get it because I’m not the target audience, but I’m having trouble even figuring out exactly what the target audience for this is… 

    • butterflysunita

      I don’t get it either.  It’s not showing me the clothes, so what’s the point?

  • http://twitter.com/marriedkuntz treat yo self


  • harleydear

    So smart. I love the cognitive dissonance. How often does a fashion spread really make you pause to consider the effect of context on clothing? 

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    we did this thirty odd–yes, very odd–years ago & it was done before us by about ten years by the wonderous cockettes. & it was done even before them by the equally wonderous jack smith & co [flaming creatures]. i’m sure it was done, in it’s way, before that. but all of us also did other things too. &, so help me, it’s okay now but why cant they think of something different to do to be different? i mean, it shouldnt be that hard…..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIU4W2RFII3AN4HU77FNT57TJI Egbert

      I thought jack smith, too.  i don’t think this spread is trying to be different; i’m sure they’re aware of its camp/filth predecessors, but i guess it’s nice to see it coming up again–you’re right though, it’s just ok.

  • http://profiles.google.com/laura.jane.ogorman Laura O’Gorman

    What…just happened?

  • Eta A Isiorho

    I think Franca Sozzani has been spending too much time with America’s Next Top Model

  • http://promiscuouslola.blogspot.com/ Cate

    This is…. very delicately skirting the line of racism. I can’t quite work myself up with rage as I would for say, blackface, but this strikes me as very derogatory and in poor taste, regardless of the intention.

    • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

      I agree. Jezebel did a post on this yesterday and I have to say that, no matter what the intent is (whether they were inspired by the sub-culture to do an homage or whatever), those pictures are clearly shot in a derisive way.

      • Emmajanesmith

        Thank you – I saw this and was instantly like, this is so incredibly offensive. If you spend any time on internet forums at all, particularly Failblog’s poorly dressed, you’ll know that many of these photos are copied from directly ones, such as the skittles hairdo, and also from how many women at my high school dressed! All of the looks they copy, from the hair to the nails, are style parodies based on American lower class black female fashion, which gets posted lots in ‘bad fashion’ places but actually is an extremely innovative and interesting sub-culture – and yeah, this laughing at it with (mostly) white girls in parody dress is definitely, definitely racist.

        • Emmajanesmith

          The original, and totally awesome imo, skittles hairdo: http://www.collegehumor.com/picture/6698214/skittles-hairdo

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

          Exactly. Glad someone said it! They aren’t skirting racism so much as doing the fashion mag equivalent of saying, “I’m not racist, but…[fill in racist comment here].”  

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

          Exactly. Glad someone said it! They aren’t skirting racism so much as doing the fashion mag equivalent of saying, “I’m not racist, but…[fill in racist comment here].”  

          • Emmajanesmith

             Ha, good way to put it!

          • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

            Yeah.  The good old, “I’m not a racist, but…” card.

          • http://promiscuouslola.blogspot.com/ Cate

            omg, EXACTLY! 

    • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

      That’s how I read it too – but I was sort of second guessing myself, wondering if I was reading something that wasn’t there. It is sort of a companion piece to their “Black” features, to have white models dressed in contemporary black and Latina fashion instead of black models dressed as noble savages.

    • PixiePunch

       Yes! Thank you.  I felt very uncomfortable about these photos.  It’s pretty racist/classist at the very least, since it is being done to mock instead of as inspiration. 

    • MichaelStrangeways

      hmmmm….this is classic club kid styling which takes from drag, punk, harajuku and African American club culture as well, and they all borrow from each other. It’s not racist at all…poor, black girls didn’t invent this look…they contributed to it, but so did punks, drag queens, and Japanese school girls.

    • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

      Thank you thank you thank you. In fact, the word “blackface” flashed through my mind as I scrolled down. It’s ugly, and not just because it looks ugly.

    • http://twitter.com/ursny UrsNY

      Yes, absolutely. It hits the crossover between poor African-Americans, poor whites, drag culture and the homeless. It’s fairly evil in the way it simultaneously ridicules so many marginalized populations.

      I would also theorize that, in their mind, they’re just being anti-American. Trying to tell Europeans and Brits the reality of the diverse populations and subcultures in the US gets open ridicule. Because the “Americanness” of a person trumps all other facets of one’s identity and life experience. The conversation (in certain corners of the internet) is stuck debating: are Americans human? I’m guessing this Discount Derrida thought he was making a fairly standard critique of America the Generalized. The fact that they ripped it directly from an existing website showcases the intellectual laziness at work.

      • http://promiscuouslola.blogspot.com/ Cate

        I think you make a good point about them trying to ridicule “Amercians” in general. I hadn’t thought of that.

  • http://onebluetree.blogspot.com/ Sara L.

    What in the hell am I looking at here?

  • kolokOlchik


    oh, and are they supposed to look like drag queens?

  • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden


  • Judy_J

    I can’t unsee those claw toenails!

  • Victoria Sharoyan

    The horror!

  • jjfg

    The more I see of Vogue Italia, the less surprised I am it’s where the winner of ANTM is currently landing.

    • RWtD

       You KNOW this will be a shoot on ANTM in a cycle or two!

  • Aly Light

    I’m sorry, are there any clothes in these pictures? All I see are candy wrappers.

  • girliecue

    It’s Friday and I’m in the mood for fun. This spread delivers fun by the boatload. Fashion isn’t only about Serious Beauty. It’s just as free to be wacky and hilarious, or abstract and thought-provoking for that matter. Thanks for the breath of delightfully light and breezy air, Lorenzo and Tom. Pure partywear and I want an invite to that shindig!

  • http://twitter.com/rmcgrudiva RL McGruder

    That looks like a LOT of fun!  And then I’d take it all off, and cherish the pics. And I did take the time to stop and look at the clothes – the shoes with the crazy pedicure are MINE.

  • Synnamin

    The Tuna photo is cracking me up. “Drag” is right!

  • Daralene Irwin

    I get a heavy Ganguro http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganguro vibe, especially veering towards Manba.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Anybody can look like a broke-ass skank. Why’d they need world-class supermodels for that?

    This really does look like an ANTM challenge. “I’m sorry, Nicole/Ashley/Eboni/Ebony/Sara/Sarah, but your schmizing failed to convince us that you would have sex on the floor of a Quickee Mart for a free Slushee, so you are eliminated.”

  • http://twitter.com/irmaladuce_l8ly IrmaLaDuce

    I can’t make up my mind what I think about this. The racial issues are obvious, but is it really THAT different than when the models are all punked-out? In the end, isn’t Vogue just mining yet another subculture for style cues? But then again, this seems more about making fun of certain kind of black and Latina women, not celebrating their sense of style. Or am I being uncharitable? See! I just don’t know what to think!

    • MilaXX

       But then again, this seems more about making fun of certain kind of black and Latina women, not celebrating their sense of style

      I was beginning to think I was the only one who picked up on that.

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      I can’t make up my mind what to make of people calling this racist. Isn’t it a little weird to assume being rough looking, so called trashy, and cheap codes as Black? To me it doesn’t, though I mean I’ll grant you my opinion on what is and is not racist towards Black people only goes so far since I am not myself Black…but I think there’s a problem with jumping to a racial conclusion here because it feels like it could easily be another moment where people have the best of intentions in calling out what they feel is there but the criticism is actually more racist, imo, than the content itself. ALL KINDS of people can be poor and trashy. That’s not a Black thing, despite the dominant culture trying to make us believe that it is because of how much it loves devaluing people of color. (which it does. loves it.) It’s like when people go oh that white dude talks like a Black guy! What the hell does “talk like a black guy” mean? Can it be said that Latina and Black women have a singular “sense of style?” or is that very idea potentially problematic? Maybe it’s a queer thing for me too, though I have no way of knowing if you are or are not queer…but what I see here, through that lens, is a bunch of drag queens doing the same kind of glitzy trashy send up drag queens have always done, amen. It feels intentional, like they were done up to evoke drag queens, as well. 

      • http://twitter.com/irmaladuce_l8ly IrmaLaDuce

        Hair, nails, eyebrows, makeup even the NAME of the spread — they all reference specific black & Latina aesthetics. Just because you are unfamiliar with references doesn’t mean that the rest of us are imagining things.
        Also, only jerks think it’s worse to call out racism than to be racist. IMO.

        • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

          Well no, I am not trying to say it doesn’t exist. I am just questioning because that has not been my experience with black and latina fashion where I live. I did talk in my comment about lens and how I can only really speak to mine; that wasn’t meant to invalidate anyone else’s view or styles where everyone else is. In fact I’d love to hear how others take it, how people of color see it. And it isn’t that calling out racism is racist. It’s that assuming certain things are black or latina–almost always unflattering things–strikes me as pretty problematic in and of itself. Calling out every instance of bright makeup on a black woman as minstrel show, for example, can sometimes say more about the prejudices of the person doing the calling out than it does about the actual picture. 

          • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

            well in this case, since they actually didn’t even bother to change anything down to the long toenails, you can go online and SEE the actual photos they ripped off, which are all black and latina women. I think someone has posted the Skittles hairstyle already. And for the record, when folks say “they’re making fun of black women,” saying “well, maybe you just THINK they are because YOU think negatively about black women” is basically Gaslighting. No- THEY do, and it needs to be called out. 

          • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

            Fair enough, I think you make a good point there. If it came across as gaslighting my apologies, but from what I knew at the time it seemed a little bit like some similar issues where well meaning people were very quick to jump to that, and in doing so potentially invalidated culture on the way. I saw a comment afterwards (and now see yours) that mentioned there are some actual pictures they’re referencing here, which changes my opinion. I don’t spend time on sites like the ones that I guess usually host that kind of thing because frankly I don’t like stuff that just exists to make fun of people, like get out of the mirror.com or whatever it is. Through a drag light I enjoyed it but if they’re taking a stab at real people from pictures then I think that certainly alters the whole tone.

          • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

            Thanks for the reply. We’re good :-} 

            Sorry, i didn’t mean you personally, but it always pisses me off when the response to racism is “well, it’s just in your head,” especially when said person telling you that has not experienced it, so because it’s not something they’ve personally experienced, they don’t trust that you know what you’re talking about. 

          • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

            I understand. I fully admit it’s a perspective I just can’t have, not being black or latina myself. I can empathize to a certain degree and I can draw some connections between the discrimination I do experience in other forms and for other things, but I just can’t ever know that particular pain and certainly can’t evaluate it as well as someone who directly experiences it. It actually really confuses me when people who are not of a certain group even a little bit are so invested in telling members of that group how they feel. It always reminds me of a scene I saw once irl: little kid: I’m cold! Parent: No you’re not. Well, how does the parent know if his kid is cold, when he’s not his kid? I meant my comments in a questioning tone but I think that doesn’t translate so well over the Internet sometimes. :)

          • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

            Thank you for taking the time to reply to me, by the way. 

  • Lattis

    Of all the things in this editorial to catch my eye – I can’t believer that this is it (8th row of pictures UPL corner). 

    But, that hat made of fringed dollar bills makes me smile. It might be fun to make some clothes out of money – maybe that’s what this weekend’s project will be. Although,  sadly,  I would have to make something the size of Emelio’s washer bikini because I’m not very well stocked up on stacks of cash right now.

  • StelledelMare

    This looks like it would’ve been a shoot in Japan actually (not that I dislike Japan). But seriously what is up with this? Why do they all look like drag queens who aren’t all that skilled at putting on their makeup?

  • R. L.


  • JulieTy

    I am going to have nightmares about those toenails.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/latherr/ justnick

    I for one love every look and quite often wear similar garb

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688777027 Jolene Barnett


  • JustJenn142

    LOL I think they probably had a lot of fun doing this.

  • JimMcC

    The Twix hair! The Easter basket! The terrifying toenails! I don’t care what anyone says, it’s all FABULOUS. I want to be wherever these ladies are.

  • Joyce VG


  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    What are they trying to sell? The makeup and hair are fun, but not wearable for most occasions (at least not where I work) and the clothes are lost in the mess. 

  • hughman

    “oh gurlll, i think i saw you in a magazine! no shit! i think you’s a Glamma Do now! you gotta check it! those bitches on the E train are gonna be TORE UP!”

    • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

      You’re so funny. *blank stare*

      and THIS, right here- is why the “fun” of this spread escapes me. Because regardless of whether or not it was supposed to be a “joke,” muhfckas take it toodamnfar.

      • hughman

        Are you kidding me? After this photo spread my little dog and pony snark is what “takes it toodamnfar”? This is a funny gay website about fashion and my comment was just some off-the-cuff remark about the pics. They took a silly trend and lampooned it and I just went with the flow. It wasn’t racist – unless you just assume racist things about this style of dress which is worn by all races – and my comment certainly wasn’t serious. You should seriously “muhfka” calm down. Jesus. “Blank stare” right back. 

  • Funkykatt

    I like anything I can use for Photoshopping.

  • http://twitter.com/triskuit Tristan

    Love. It. All of it.

  • sockandaphone

    i was kinda horrified and then I just laughed for a good minute or so.

  • butter nut

    i actually kind of love this.  the styling reminds me of the nyc club kids & drag queens from back in the 90s.  it’s leigh bowery meets nicki minaj meets the maury povich show, but “fashion”.   

  • PastryGoddess

    I kinda like it. But I’m just wondering if these are girls who look like boys dressed up like girls.  Or just boys who are dressed up like girls?  Cause this makeup is full on drag-chola-rific and I’m having a hard time telling who is who

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1301274557 Keith Williams

    Looks like something out of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s book.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    In a spread like this, you expect the photos to show a modicum of wit, but just I’m not seeing it.  Everthing is smothered by the overweening vulgarity.

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

    At least it’s funny?

  • lrhoff

    What a waste of the paper on which it was printed.  I’d rather have the trees, thank you.

  • Imasewsure

    I was laughing in a good way throughout this and I was thinking that this is probably the most fun these models have ever had on the job. Glitter Drag-Skanks… Hi-lar-i-ous!!

  • miwome

    This makes Nicki Minaj look like a model of tasteful restraint.

    Seriously, I like crazy outfits (in fact, I often like Nicki Minaj’s crazy outfits) and fashion spreads that are more than just “pretty dress in dramatic lighting,” but this is too far. I would say the clothes look ugly, but I don’t even notice them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angelica-Smith-Mertens/150401222 Angelica Smith Mertens

    Really?!?!?  Evidently they can’t think of anything better… 😛

  • Pennymac

    The makeup and styling are rather interesting, but the toenails are making me gag. And its so distracting, I don’t think it showcases the clothing at all. As someone else said, why do they need super models for a spread like this?

  • alyce1213

    Those mani/pedis made me nauseous:  


    I did not detect an ounce of wit in this “funny” photo spread.

  • Corsetmaker

    Vogue Italia does PeopleofWalmart.com

    • mightbewrong

      that is EXACTLY what I thought of first!

  • SatelliteAlice

    The LV eyes made me giggle.

  • AuntieAnonny

    Making fun of Americans.

    I’m not against that idea, really, but this is kinda BS.

  • portlandmermaid

    You know how graduating chefs will be given a jar of capers, a piece of day old bread, and a cube of butter and told to make a meal of it for their final exam? This looks like a test for fashion majors from the discarded clothing bin at Goodwill.

  • MilaXX

    All man I was hoping you guys wouldn’t cover this.  Vogue Italia & Vogue France keep doing these editorials like this; The Black issue, The Plus size issue and I guess this is The Ghetto fabulous issue. The thing is it doesn’t come across as celebrating or embracing, rather it feels condescending and mocking. Initially I was willing to chalk that up to the language difference, but more and more I think the mocking is intentional.

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      They are amassing the poor track record.

  • bitchfacela

    love !

  • http://twitter.com/TwiterlessTerri Terri

    One or two of these shots grabbed me despite the cray-cray – the woman with the Twix hair is striking in that blouse despite the hair, and the woman at the bakery is utterly charming.  I kinda like that the mag took a non-pretty direction. 

  • http://nienna42.livejournal.com/ nienna

    Could’ve done without the long toenails…*shudder*

    But I totally want to party with these people.

  • serenitynow02

    What pointless, ugly crap.

  • Vickiefantastico

    Wow. I. Love. It. Love.

  • Cat_In_A_Hat


  • quiltrx

    Styling partially inspired by HotGhettoMess.com, it would seem.

    I gigglesnorted at the Skittles Hair…somewhere yesterday, I saw a picture of two chicks with crazy-colored weaves and Kool-Aid Jammers packets on the back of their heads.  Groan.

  • Linderella

    How in the name of fug does Steven Meisel continue to get work?  I have yet to see anything with his name on it that wasn’t poorly framed, garish, and downright painful to the eyes.

  • Chloe Mims

    It’s a spoof on ghetto American women. Idk, but I kind of find it in bad taste. Accusatory of Americans at least. 

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    Oh my god oh my god the toes holy crap. *vomits*

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD

    Bringin’ the ugly

  • lizajane1776


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Chase/731391326 Julie Chase

    As soon as I saw the claw toenail I ran screaming.

  • aristida_girl

    Whew! I bet that was a fun shoot…

  • ccm800

    CUtE! So fun. 

  • NCDFan


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12331205 Aaron Fancey

    I think this is hilarious.  Chic/desirable/salable in any way?  Hellz to the no, and I say that as a complement.  Too many editorials go the fantastical route and this is the exact opposite: high fashion brought down to a place that isn’t even attractive to us much further down on the societal totem pole.  Since a far majority of the readership of fashion magazines can’t possibly hope to own more than a handful of designer clothing items (for some, in a lifetime) I find this a bit vindicating.  Fuck the fashionistas on high with no connection to the day-to-day drudgery of everyday living.  Just have fun with it, and yes, simultaneously celebrate the high camp of intentionally brokedown drag.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=506473106 Mori Clark

    well, uh. that’s….

    ….something, alright.

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena


  • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

    omg I love it. I can’t stop laughing. 

  • TheOtherChristina

    Cornrows! Child care! Such drollery. It is to laugh.

    In all seriousness, if there were some way for me to disengage from social context and judge this spread in a vacuum, I think I would find it fun and brash and ugly/pretty and charming. So I get it. But the subtle racism and not-so-subtle classism are impossible to ignore.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Huh.  The hair and makeup is interesting in a crazy club kid kind of way, but the clothes do nothing for me.  And I’m pretty sure the toenails are gonna give me nightmares.


  • http://twitter.com/A_SmallFry AC

    Amazingly cracktastic! I.LOVE.THIS!

  • Christine Marie

    If this is the future, I don’t want to be a part of it

  • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

    That’s what Thursday-Sunday at the bars at university looked like!

  • Michael Martin

    The only words that come to mind are “HOT”, “TRANNY”, and “MESS”.

  • Zach Ng Zheng Yang

    it’s kind of… messy. but it’s so captivating and different!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K3I2IW32JGFH4BBIMYSPRRJK7Y barahime

    I’ll confess that my first thought was “Did RPDR have another thrift-store challenge?”

  • PrunellaV

    Good God. Are there clothes in there somewhere?

  • oekmama

    No, no… it’s an redux of various bling cultures from around the world. I’m only familiar with Jamaican Dancehall culture. Now what exactly the message here is… I just dunno

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandymgriffin Brandy Huffman

    Inspired by Drag Race?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandymgriffin Brandy Huffman

    It reminds me of a challenge you’d see on America’s Next Top Model…and that’s not good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=544014601 Lyza Muckler

    Really, shockingly bad photography. :(

  • drdirection

    WTF just happened?

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Vogue Italia, once again tackling issues of stereotype with the subtlety of Thor’s Hammer.

  • sweet_potato

    Ack! It looks like my old neighborhood after 3am!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mara-Chanin/707725862 Mara Chanin

    love the toenails….and the urinal

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688150598 Elizabeth Siegel

    This is like an ode to Kreayshawn.

  • kaycem

    racist, as per usual.

  • prettybigkitty

    Huh.   Well it’s a look that’s for sure.  Just not a good look.  

  • TheAutisticStepmom

    This makes me want a snack.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    Is this funny? Absolutely.  Are they selling me clothes? No. I can’t even see them from all the shit going on.  It does make me want candy. Lots and lots of candy.  And I don’t think that’s what they were going for.

  • Jecca2244

    i can’t focus on one thing because it is so chaotic and crazy. and awful.

  • ElitheMonkey

    Styling by Edith Monsoon. 

  • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

    That made my hangover so much worse.

  • LordZoe

    woah. weirdest shit ever.  love the long toe nails though – SO funny.  almost like they’re all in drag!

  • DominoEstella


  • PhillipWilde

    NO. JUST NO.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

    What’s not to like? Seriously.

  • http://twitter.com/anacedillo Ana Cedillo

    i like the idea, and i feel like i could ahve really liked this had they toned it down just a tad. this thing they did on the other hand is cray cray.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kanewatkins Kane Watkins

    The whimsical wigs & patterned eye “shadow” are pretty amazing, in a drag-queen way.

  • CatherineRhodes

    What are they selling here? I can’t even see the clothes.

  • boweryboy

    It reminds of peopleofwalmart.com

  • Maria Camila Alarcon

    I can’t believe it! speechless!

  • LambeeBaby

     Vogue Italia goes Jersey! So F-ing hysterical.

  • Sheila Flener

    Please don’t let this be the start of having your big toe nail  long trend

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    I’m soo confused!

  • Derek_anny

    Once again, TLo makes me think of Yolandi Visser

  • Haley Buchanan

    I can hardly even look at this.  It’s not even the “taste” issue that bothers me so much.  It’s just so, so busy.  The out-of-focus, busy background thing doesn’t work for me AT ALL.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=538336654 Joe ‘Brosef’ Smith

    It’s been pointed out that many of these hair styles were taken from photos of black women (I found the original photos on a tumblr blog. I’m not sure where else to find them). This is concerning because it, along with how they use acrylic nails, implies that the spread is mocking stereotypical black “ghetto” styles.

  • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

    Hoodrat Chic is what they are going for…and no, I’m not impressed. Dressing up a bunch of models in baby bumps and 27-piece weaves and acrylic toe nails? HILARIOUS, RIGHT? Ugh, whatevs. I’m over the hope of fashion ever accessing black culture in any way that isn’t demeaning or a straight rip off.

  • http://twitter.com/capt_shiny Mags

    That is…unspeakably atrocious. 

  • Meelah

    These people look like clowns.  The thing is there are American women who look exactly like this.  As a young black woman am I offended by this?  No, I don’t look like this.  I’ve made fun of women who do look like this.  So why should I be able to make fun of it but Vogue Italia can’t?  You can see images like this on ‘people of walmart’ and ‘you know you dead ass wrong’ daily.

  • warontara

    There are people of all colors, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities who dress like this, and I think this spread is funny….not sure what I’m supposed to be offended by.

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      I appreciate all the different perspectives I am seeing here. If nothing else it reminds us all that no group or identity is a hive mind collective. 

  • EEKstl

    I actually love this. It’s important to be less SELF-important sometimes.

  • http://twitter.com/CitrusLiz Liz Lake

    Well….. I don’t know what the f*** they were thinking, but….. at least the models look like they had fun with it, and they got to eat something. On the other hand…. I’m not entirely sure this wasn’t an act of fashion terrorism. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JT35JLXC5UYODOB4QX4ZG6F55I mkdonnellan

    ok, this is off topic, BUT…..I’d like some T-Lo commentary on Prince Harry’s looks on his current Caribbean/South American tour….how about those blue suede shoes and that blue suit he wore in Brazil????

  • http://twitter.com/AJisTrAsHed A.J. Thouvenot

    LOVE <3 

  • PeaceBang

    The vibe is all wrong. You can’t style a shoot that gets the vibe of this kind of fashion right. It’s insane, creative, subversive, wack and AWESOME as sported by real women. You can’t replicate that with a bunch of (mostly) white models and Stephen Meisel’s bad photography. So F-you, Vogue Italia, because you thought you were reading us trashy Americans, but you just don’t get it. Step off, bitches.

  • PeaceBang

    The Twix hair shot is kind of fabulous, and I have to admit I loved the photo of the gal with the gold tooth holding the blinged out phone. But I’m still pissed off. 

  • http://twitter.com/KwanaWrites Kwana Jackson

    Shaking my head saying I don’t have time for this mess. Just ugh.

  • lifetime_student

    Hookers at Waffle House, 3am.

  • MichaelStrangeways

    It looks like an average Saturday night at certain clubs in Seattle, SF, LA or NYC…glitterbomb kids.

  • http://twitter.com/pag_baj Paige Boerman

    What the actual fuck.

  • Diego!

    RuPaul’s Drag Race made it to the cover of Vogue! WTF is this???

    • Pinup Ghoul

       No way. The ladies of RPDR have significantly better makeup skills than the story in this spread tells. These models need a Fairy Dragmother, STAT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Stone/100001328135240 Mary Stone

    eeeewwwwwww…..my eyes…they burn…looking forward to RPDR tonight as a palate cleanser, honestly.


  • Town

    That one with the IHOP hair looks like Halle Berry in BAPS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=746098172 Leigh Anne Statton

    I always have blinged out phone covers like the ones they’re showing here.  Should I be concerned?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396777506 Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk


  • TheOriginalLulu

    Catching up after the weekend…wow this editorial is assaulting my eyes!
    Going back to the Dakotah Fanning post…

  • suzq

    Wow.  Gaslighting, racism….perhaps.  It is way over the top, trying way too hard, like most bad parodies do.  It reminds me of a young Madonna or even a young Gwen Stefani, borrowing from styles outside of any culture they were remotely familiar with. 

  • SayWTH

    So basically they shot this at Italy’s version of WalMart on a typical Saturday?

  • PantherontheRunway

    old news, this is just hoodrat ghettoness, you can find this kind of foolishness on hotghettomess 

  • umeboshi

    they look like crazy bag ladies. i don’t really get any other vibe from this spread.

  • TieDye64

    Hiddy! The only thing I like is the Skittles hair. That’s kind of cute.

  • http://twitter.com/thisiscarlijn Carlijn Kruidhof

    It’s very brave. In a world where most editorials looks exactly like the next, this is really brave. And I have to say: about freaking time! Fashion’s been a bit boring lately! 

  • Mirna Zgrabljić

    I actually bought this edition of Vogue Italia, and you know what, I like a little bit of haute mess in fashion, so I thought this shoot was if nothing else then interesting. I don’t object to it, nor to the fact that it got published in one of the world’s leading fashion magazines. That being said, those nails and toenails are so revolting, I couldn’t even look at them twice. So I do agree with filmcricket, that sh*t would not convince me to buy anything other than a nail clipper and some transparent nail polish.