This Spread Looks Like That Spread, French Vogue Edition


We’d normally argue that French Vogue can do no wrong, but Carine Roitfeld‘s unadulterated love for skeezeball extraordinaire Terry Richardson is starting to grate on us. Though we’ve been eagerly awaiting details from the glossy’s September issue — which features an envy-inducingly gorgeous Marion Cotillard on the cover — we were a little disappointed in Corps d’Elite, one of the issue’s fashion editorials featuring Natasha Poly and shot by Richardson. Does anyone else think it looks really familiar?

Corps d’Elite bears a striking resemblance to Steven Klein‘s Academy spread in the September 2009 issue of W magazine. The editorial, which Klein would later use as inspiration for Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” video, featured Lara Stone as a whip-wielding instructor at a fictional “academy” where the men sported bowl cuts and a uniform of red, white, and navy blue.

Richardson’s Corps d’Elite may take some of its cues from Top Gun, but the overall gist of the spread is the same: beautiful, blonde, and domineering instructor wielding power over her hapless, albeit very fit, male students.

Poly looks gorgeous and we’re loving the military-themed fashion, but considering Richardson’s work very rarely veers away from oral sex simulation, we were hoping both he and Roitfeld would take the opportunity to do something really original.

What do you think?

[Corps d'Elite images via Fashion Gone Rogue, Academy via Fashion Copious.]

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