We may not always like W’s fashion spreads, but we do appreciate that they don’t just pose the models in front of a gray fabric backdrop and call it a day. The resulting photos are challenging and striking, and they always have a point of view.
All of which, sadly, is the best we can muster for “Into the Woods,” August. It challenged us, all right—challenged us not to throw the whole issue across the room. It wasn’t just the photos that looked like a child’s birthday party gone horribly wrong:
No, what really got to us was the stream of photos of model Doutzen Kroes wearing exotic furs while posed as if dead. Is implied violence with an added hint of nudity what passes for edgy?
Good job, W! Nothing makes us crave a Gucci badger fur coat like seeing it on the victim of a crime! And nothing says high fashion like a dead woman wearing dead animals!