We’re starting to see the effects of the global pandemic down at newsstands. First Vogue Portugal drew attention to the current state of affairs with a pair of covers. Now Vogue Italia is weighing in with a blank cover. For a magazine that favors digitally-rendered cover stars, Vittoria Ceretti and Rebecca Leigh Longendyke, it’s a pretty big statement. Featuring nothing but the Vogue masthead, the cover was designed by the title’s Creative Director Ferdinando Verderi in an effort to convey respect, rebirth and space and time to rethink. It also signifies the color worn by the medics combating the virus.
The cover divided our forum members. “This is not even a mirror or anything, just a blank slate and all the grand superlatives will mean nothing to the impulse buyer. I simply can’t deal with the pretentiousness of Emanuele Farneti…” complained