I want to write a super long entry on how I feel about this cover (it sent shivers down my spine as soon as the photo loaded) but you know what, I’ll let the magnificent photo speak for itself. I’m speechless!
Remember my blog entry about those gorgeous designer Matryoshka dolls last month? Well, Editor-in-Chief Aliona Doletskaya’s assistant emailed me earlier today with details.
As you have seen on the November 2008 issue of Russian Vogue, some of the world’s leading designers (including Miuccia Prada, Donatella Versace, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, etc.) designed a Matrioshka doll. Each of these (half-a-meter tall) dolls were handrafted by skilled Russian artists and meticulously painted by hand.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Vogue is hosting a grand gala dinner on November 20, 2008 for 200 of Vogue Russia’s closest friends which includes international business and political elite, key players in the art and fashion worlds and Russian and international celebrities. Are bloggers invited too? Just kidding. The Matrioshka dolls are then going to be auctioned off for charity that night. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Northern Crown Foundation, a charity that helps orphaned children throughout Russia.
In other words, pedestrians like you and myself won’t be able to bid on these gorgeous dollls. But that’s OK. One must be kerrr-azzy to go on a bidding war with a Russian oligarch anyway!!!
Amazing eh? How can you not love Aliona and Vogue Russia?
She’s got a British accent but she’s Russian. She likes to drive cars! She’s human! She’s nice! She’s real! She’s just like us! Got 26 minutes to spare? Check out this full-length feature of Aliona Doletskaya who celeberates 10 years of tenure this year as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Russia. I love Aliona. I really do. Say what you want about the “baby Vogues” but Vogue Russia, like Vogue Paris, to me, is “IT”.
Month after month after month, she offers original content, she uses models for her covers and her editorials are very bold, strong and in your face. Just the way I like it. Soo refreshing from the sanitized, repetitive and dull “let’s get a blond actress promoting a movie and put her in a white dress” formula by the usuals.
I mean really, any editor who puts Natasha Poly on the cover two months in a row deserves her stripes, yes?
Natasha Poly for Vogue Russia covers. July 2008 shot by Mario Sorrenti, August 2008 shot by Terry Richardson.