Franca Sozzani’s interview with New York Times

The following is an article and interview on Franca Sozzani taken from The New York Times (link here), by Eric Wilson. Although Wilson has taken a sarcastic approach and appears less than impressed by her, I cannot express how brilliant I think this woman is. She cracks me up.

Franca Sozzani, the outspoken editor in chief of Italian Vogue for 23 years, has been in the news a lot lately after publishing issues with provocative themes, like one with only black models in 2008, or the so-called curvy issue this summer. She also pushes a lot of hot-topic buttons on her blog and Twitter accounts.

With her newsmaking quips, she’s practically become this season’s Carine Roitfeld or Karl Lagerfeld, telling Newsweek that Dior should “hire back John Galliano,” and Time that Silvio Berlusconi “gives the impression that Italy is one big casino.” (Ellen note: The Italian word for casino is “casino'”, with an accent on the ‘o’. Without the accent, the word means “brothel”. I suspect that Franca Sozzani said that Silvio Berlusconi gives the impression that “Italy is one big brothel”. Which sounds much more likely. Thanks MarianD)


Italian Vogue’s BP inspired photoshoot controversy

The Vogue brand is renowned for its controversial editorials – well, apart from our own rather bland UK Vogue, come on Alexandra Shulman, pull your socks up – this month Italian Vogue have caused outrage from the US after their BP inspired photoshoot, “Water and Oil”.

The massive twenty-four page spread in the September issue features model Kristen McMenamy wearing soaked, black feather outfits, writhing on a tar-slicked beach spitting up oil. The images are taken by equally controversial, famed photographer Steven Meisel –who shoots the Prada campaigns and shot the images for Madonna’s 1992 book “Sex”.