The cover of Vogue Italia, by Emanuele Farneti, the director, which will be out on newsstands this April, is white. It has never happened in the history of the magazine to be seen printed in this way. There is a huge archive on the covers of Vogue Italia because with their photos they have always told a story, denounced an event or rejoiced over something. But for this month the cover doesn’t speak, it chooses to remain silent and to express itself with a color, White. A color without color, but which in its own way conveys a lot. As written in the post published on the magazine’s instagram profile, White is the color of peace, friendship, purity, hope, strength. It is the color that comes after dark.
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The Vogue Italia April Issue will be out next Friday 10th. ??? “In its long history stretching back over a hundred years, Vogue has come through wars, crises, acts of terrorism. Its noblest tradition is never to look the other way. Just under two weeks ago, we were about to print an issue that we had been planning for some time, and which also involved L’Uomo Vogue in a twin project. But to speak of anything else – while people are dying, doctors and nurses are risking their lives and the world is changing forever – is not the DNA of Vogue Italia. Accordingly, we shelved our project and started from scratch. The decision to print a completely white cover for the first time in our history is not because there was any lack of images – quite the opposite. We chose it because white signifies many things at the same time. ??? White is first of all respect. White is rebirth, the light after darkness, the sum of all colours. White is the colour of the uniforms worn by those who put their own lives on the line to save ours. It represents space and time to think, as well as to stay silent. White is for those who are filling this empty time and space with ideas, thoughts, stories, lines of verse, music and care for others. White recalls when, after the crisis of 1929, this immaculate colour was adopted for clothes as an expression of purity in the present, and of hope in the future. Above all: white is not surrender, but a blank sheet waiting to be written, the title page of a new story that is about to begin.” #EmanueleFarneti @EFarneti #imagine #FarAwaySoClose #WhiteCanvas — Read the full Editor’s letter via link in bio. Full credits: Editor in chief @Efarneti Creative director @FerdinandoVerderi
Only behind the great silence of this cover does a very lively and personal issue of Vogue Italia come to life. More than 40 artists have contributed in their own way to expressing the inner meaning of this quarantine. Simple and honest images that represent the widest range of emotions possible and together write an important visual story of the times we are living, also documenting the effort of a community that lives and works remotely.
But if Vogue Italia turns white, Vanity Fair, director Simone Marchetti, is out today on April 8 in the newsstands, with a cover that portrays a tricolor canvas with a cut that represents a wound but also a crack. It is a work created exclusively for Vanity Fair by the artist Francesco Vezzoli, in homage to Lucio Fontana.
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Un tricolore con un taglio che rappresenta una ferita ma anche uno spiraglio. È la nuova copertina di Vanity Fair, in edicola da domani, 8 aprile, creata per noi dall’artista Francesco Vezzoli in omaggio a Lucio Fontana (l'opera verrà messa all'asta e il ricavato sarà devoluto in beneficenza). Si tratta del terzo atto nella trilogia di Vanity Fair dedicata all’emergenza Covid-19. Premi Nobel, filosofi, amministratori delegati, presidenti delle filiere italiane più importanti insieme a poeti, artisti e designer: il numero li unisce tutti per interrogarsi sul mondo che ci aspetta dopo il virus e su come affrontare l'emergenza economica che segue quella sanitaria. «Stiamo entrando in un’epoca di serietà», scrive il direttore @marchettisimone nel suo editoriale, «Un nuovo tempo, dove i valori e gli interrogativi di ieri (l’ecologia, il rispetto del lavoro umano, l’inclusione, l’importanza dello Stato) non saranno più soltanto mete da inseguire ma risultati da mettere sul tavolo. Hic et nunc. Qui e adesso. La storia siamo noi. O meglio: #LItaliasiamonoi. Quest’emergenza ce l’ha fatto capire ancora di più». Nel link in bio tutti i dettagli
The title chosen this time is #L’Italiasiamonoi, a hashtag that wants to celebrate Italian unity and creativity.
The work will be auctioned and the proceeds will be donated to charity to support businesses.