Ronnie Talk(ed) to Russia
Magdalena Frackowiak @ DNA (NY)
Saw the cover and thought of some eighties oldies. Especially Ronnie, talk to Russia by German one-hit-wonder of 1988 (not sure, might be 87 or 89) Sheree. A young lady, an american flag and the end of Cold War coming soon. Our childhood, our history as well. A little more than twenty years later came that picture with no link to all these stories but one thing remains nonetheless. The aesthetic, the way Europeans see (and dream of) USA, apart from those french people that keep seeing greasy hamburgers only. Reality is often in the middle but at least the first version, the dreamy one, relies on an aesthetic. It might not be fine art, it's still interesting. Even more, somehow. The clownesque appeal of old clichés. Nothing subtle at first sight but one more good reason to think twice... about everything.
Magdalena Frackowiak is the American girl on Vogue Russia (by Tom Munro) this month while she's Polish, while Natalia Vodianova is the Russian in American Vogue (again) and so on. Who cares about places and stories when image is always fake but tells its own truth. Magdalena also scored Dazed & Confused cover by Josh Olins, modeling Viktor & Rolf's latest wearable concepts. Another polish young lady, Marlena Szoka, is getting a couple of our beloved italian mags under her wing - Amica again and a beach story in Marie Claire. Lovely, loveable. Karmen Pedaru gets one her best pieces in newest German Vogue, Mina Cvetkovic strikes back in Amica while favorites from the new generation (Tati Cotliar and Heleen Scholten) get their first Casting in the same magazine. Last but not least, a touch of Antonella and a tad of Julia Hafstrom by Arthur Elgort in Teen Vogue. We may spend more time in bookstores next week.