You’ve got to hand it to Vogue‘s Editor-in-Chief and the so-called most powerful person in fashion, Anna Wintour. The lady knows how to make a scene.
After months of denials, rumours and stories about fashion brands refusing to dress Kim, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Vogue cover is finally here and it is, pardon my French, f*cking fabulous.
Even the cover line, “Their fashionable life and surreal times #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple”, is brilliant.
Reality TV stars and self-proclaimed hip-hop geniuses aren’t exactly key features in The Devil Wears Prada, but the fashion industry has changed a lot in the 11 years since the book (reportedly based on working with Wintour) was written. Kim, Kanye and hashtags is where we’re at now.
Which isn’t to say everyone thinks Kimye were classy enough to do Vogue. But the cover boils down to the fact that these fashion die-hards have probably sold more designer clothes than the magazine’s last six cover models combined. And they’ll sure as hell sell more copies.
Kanye constantly name-checks luxury brands in his music and collaborates with important fashion designers and photographers. Meanwhile, gossip mags pick over every item Kim wears. There’s no one richer, more visible or more fashion obsessed than Kim and Kanye, and they deserve every tweet of their moment in Vogue.
In the shoot, Kim’s decked out in wall-to-wall wedding gowns, plenty of them by her designer BFF Ricardo Tsici of Givenchy (their baby North West is dressed by Givenchy too). The dresses look amazing on Kim’s fertility statue figure.
Meanwhile, Vogue also made the impeccable call of setting the whole behind-the-scenes video to Kanye’s ‘Bound 2‘.
If you think the cover shot looks suspiciously like a hyper-real painting, that’s because it was photographed by retouching queen Annie Leibovitz. But not airbrushing the pair into a borderline artwork just wouldn’t be true to the Kimye vibe. The Bound 2 clip was practically Avatar.
It doesn’t go without our notice that this is the April (fools?) cover, but we’ve fallen in love with it anyway. Also worth noting? This is the second US Vogue cover this year to feature a fuller figured star. Everyone else, take notice.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions to the cover, ranked from least to most mean.
Annie Leibovitz joined Twitter just for this:
— Annie Leibovitz (@annieleibovitz) March 21, 2014