Announced early this month, the 21st international edition of Vogue would be to the Ukraine.
It's proposed editor, Masha Tsukanova, was said to have attended fashion presentations in both Paris and Milan to introduce the international fashion community to the new glossy. The first issue is already on newsstands.
According to The New York Times' write up of the release, "Ukrainian clients are very important for all the major European brands," said Tsuakanova. "In a couple of years, Ukrainian fashion will have its own face...Vogue Ukraine will help develop this industry."
In a way this presents glint of hope in the global fashion community in that another very small yet prominent region of world is able to publish a glossy fashion magazine. Still in the afterglow of a global recession and the Ukraine, in particular, coming out of political unrest, printing a Vogue seems almost an oxymoron.
True, the luxury market never paid that much attention to a dwindling economy, but it seems almost subversive to have Daria Werbowy wearing a Prada fur in lingerie on the cover a new magazine. However, despite any claims of political or economic uncertainty in Kiev or the Ukraine at large, one thing can be said of Conde Nast, that it sees profitable future. Especially with there already being Ukrainian Elle, Harper's Bazaar and Marie Clair, Hearst was ahead of the game, however, it seems now that Vogue is on the market, there must really have to been some buzz going on in Kiev, fashionably speaking of course. - CD
Photo courtesy of the New York Times.