Kim Jones joins the team of Vogue Italia as guest editor of the April edition of Vogue Italia, on news stands today.

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Is there anything that Kim Jones cannot do? Vogue Italia extended their “family” to include  Jones as the guest editor of  the April edition of Vogue Italia. The result is a collaboration between the in-house team, their roster of important talents in photography, styling and writing and  Jones. Obsession is the theme and it is acted out in one on one exchanged dialogues. Topics include first editions, music, figurative art and a conversation between two web stars: 19-year-old comedian Elsa Majimbo comparing notes with fashion blogger Bryanboy on hates, likes, mentors and dates with destiny.

“Some creative products are the fruit of individual talent. Others are the result of a collective effort. They grow and gain strength thanks to the contributions of people with different sensibilities and experiences. Without any doubt, Vogue Italia belongs to this second group,” writes Emanuele Farneti, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, in his editor’s letter. “This month we’ve carried out an experiment. We called in a designer who, in his turn, has a great love and flair for surrounding himself with talented people, and we pooled our respective creative communities.”

“I am thrilled to have such an amazing group of people work on this Vogue Italia project with me,” writes Kim Jones. “I looked at people in fashion through to art and literature, and at all the things I love, and I wanted the issue to represent that. It’s people I admire and also people I know I will continue to admire in the future. Malick, for example, who is a brand-new photographer and super exciting, and

the idea of him making such beautiful images for such a prestigious magazine was very inspiring. For me, growing up, Vogue Italia was the most exciting fashion magazine. I used to save up to buy it and search to find it in London as soon as it came out. So to be guest-editing an issue is really truly special.”

There are six different covers, 3 of them are above. Photographers include: Brett Lloyd, David Sims, Paolo Roversi, Malick Bodian and Miranda Barnes. For each of the covers Jones has chosen to portray garments from different brands.

“The sixth cover is the outcome of another important project. This spring London pays tribute to a master of photography, James Barnor. The Serpentine Gallery is dedicating a retrospective show to the 91-year-old Ghanaian artist, surveying his 60-year career that has spanned 2 continents. The exhibition James Barnor: Accra/London – A Retrospective also includes the contribution of Vogue Italia’s creative director Ferdinando Verderi, who was invited by the Serpentine to create a video installation focusing on Barnor’s work in 1960s London. Thanks to a collaboration between the London institution and the emerging CIRCA artistic platform, the work will be projected on the giant screen in Piccadilly Circus from 1 to 10 April at the time of 20:21. In the video’s surprise ending, a photo taken by Barnor in Piccadilly in 1967 transitions into its updated version and becomes one of the covers of this month’s Vogue Italia. The image was retaken by Barnor in the same place and with the same pose as 50 years ago. The protagonist of today’s version is Adwoa Aboah, the British model with a Ghanaian father who symbolises a new generation in the UK. Printed in a limited edition of 2021 copies, this cover – Barnor’s first for Vogue Italia – will then be replicated on posters across the city, drawing attention to the Serpentine exhibition and this legendary exponent of African art.”

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.