September 22, 2011 12:25 pm

It’s been a minute since this page has so much breathed a whisper about an editorial. The demands of the runway shows in seasons past have tended to request even the brightest editorials to quietly sit in the waiting room along with Reader’s Digest, Highlights, and the other dust-collecting magazines until finally the last show of Paris has concluded. This season, however I am determined to pass comment on the myriad (or at least one of the) excellent stories of what has become Magazine Mountain 2.0. The story that has been at Mountain 2.0‘s peak is the Steven Klein Vogue Italia settembre 2011 editorial featuring Ford’s Crystal Renn and Catherine McNeil. Titled “ʍǝıʌ ɟo ʇuıod ɐ,” this Patti Wilson-styled story is a 24-page exercise in vertigo induction. The story’s elaborate staging places Klein’s lens beneath a clear screen in order to accommodate a variety of funhouse perspectives. Klein’s affinity for uniforms and military detailing is indulged throughout the shoot starting with Catherine’s opening look, a leather corset jacket by (Es)* Artisanal by Fabrizio Talia, leather skirt by Salvatore Ferragamo, hat by Rodrigo Otazu, heels by Gio Diev, and leather gloves by Carolina Amato. Turn the page and a magenta-haired Crystal is seen seemingly on all fours, palms against glass, wearing a stretch satin bra by Mugler and latex skirt by Atsuko Kudo for Mugler. The point of view espoused by Klein’s story to say the very least is arresting and that Crystal Renn and Catherine McNeil are on hand to express it is in no way surprising.

Click through the below slide show to see the shots of Crystal Renn and Catherine McNeil.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue Italia settembre 2011 N°733; Title, “ʍǝıʌ ɟo ʇuıod ɐ”; Photography, Steven Klein; Fashion editing, Patti Wilson; Hair, Eugene Souleiman for Wella Professionals; Makeup, Stéphane Marais at L’Atelier NYC; Manicure, Donna D. at Artistsbytimothypriano.com.