Vogue Paris’ February 2013 cover is a thing of beauty, with Milla Jovovich shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin on a New York rooftop clad in head-toe-toe Saint Laurent, with the hazy skyline lit up behind her.
But….wait! What’s that coverline we see? “Alexander Wang: le joker de Balenciaga”?! Could it be that Balenciaga is finally putting an end to their ban on working with the French title?
A little context, for those of you who are puzzled right now: back in March 2010, then-editor in chief Carine Roitfeld told WWD that she and her team were “blacklisted” from the Balenciaga show, and that the brand had pulled their advertisements and stopped lending samples to the magazine. As rumor had it, Roitfeld had pulled some shady stunts, which may have included sending their samples to her client MaxMara to be copied.
Even since Emmanuelle Alt took the reins in 2011, we have yet to see any of Nicolas Ghesquière‘s collections show up in the magazine’s pages, whether in advertisements or editorials — to be expected, we guess, since Alt was Carine’s second-in-charge.
But now, with Alexander Wang firmly installed at the helm, it looks like Balenciaga is ready to usher in a new era, even going so far as to grant Vogue Paris the exclusive first major interview since taking on the gig. Don’t you love it when we all just get along? Now, we can only hope the newfound amnesty will bring some killer pictures in the year to come.