February 25th, 2010
Fashion News, Magazine Review, Vogue
Fashion Discussion: Vogue Italia’s Vogue Black Site
By Claire

So somehow, while checking out Vogue Italia’s Curvy site, I overlooked a new site they also inaugurated called Vogue Black: To be honest, I thought Vogue Black simply linked to pictures of Vogue Italia’s celebrated All Black issue…but it seems the new site is an attempt to reach out to those black girls who love fashion (like us!). The site has a hot hair article by fellow blogging friend Afrobella, and showcases the style of everyone from Aisha Tyler to Grace Jones:

Italian Vogue gets an A for effort–for a small country, they are beating Vogue US to a pulp in terms of progressive ideas.
But a quick click around the site reveals it’s still a little empty. Aside from a handful of articles, it’s mainly pictures and fluff.

What do you think? How could it improve?

Check it out at www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black

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15 Responses to “Fashion Discussion: Vogue Italia’s Vogue Black Site”

  1. TicaPica says:

    It’s so difficult to find a means of satisfying everybody and although I think creating a fashion website catering for black women is great, the truth is people don’t see themselves in such a narrow view – what if you’re black and curvy? will vogue black cater for that? and if you’re curvy and older? is there a vogue mature/elder? the idea is not to reinforce racial or size-ist or age-ist lines, but to integrate every type of fashion lover

  2. I agree with TP. Why can’t everyone who loves fashion visit the same site? Everyone who would visit would have one thing in common, the love of fashion, duh!

    Although it is important to include diversity it should be about the fashions. It’s up to the individual to make it her own IMO.

  3. Cleveland Cutie says:

    I totally agree. Why can’t they just have ONE inclusive Vogue Italia site that has articles on “Black” stuff and articles on “curvy” stuff and shows beautiful pictures of everyone in beautiful clothing? This is a form of marginalization (sp?) that I unfortunately don’t agree with – separate and unequal.

    But, having said that rant. I will say that they get an A for effort. At least someone on that magazine floor was like “what can we do to be a bit more progressive?”….eventually I think they will work out the kinks and it will be stellar!

    Love the Fashion Bomb, Claire!!

  4. maria says:

    there’s nothing wrong with having a website where black fashion is the main focus and where it’s celebrated. mainstream publications ghettoize us and you end up with magazines that are SUPPOSED to be inclusive, like vanity fair, but never really acknowledge anyone who isn’t white. i dont want to have to wait around for a mainstream fashion publication to highlight a token person of color every once in a while, i want see things that are a reflection and affirmation of myself. i think it’s possible to lobby for mainstream fashion publications to live up to their purpose and acknowlede all ethicities and continue to frequent websites and read magazines that are validating black women NOW.

  5. i can’t believe it ! Nice

  6. sun.kissed says:

    They could hire Claire, that’s what they could do to improve the site!

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  10. Looks like everybodies all over this tid bit lol, never the less its a positive move wghich has been a long time coming, of course this is all in regards to Vantiy Fairs recent backlashing they recieved for not fearuring women of color.

  11. Sepiabelle says:

    Right now the site seems more than a bit fluffy. However, I like the progressive, forward thinking idea of Vogue Italia to create not only Vogue Black but Vogue Curvy. Both are long overdue–it would be nice to flip open any fashion magazine and see a CLEARLY black woman on every other page or a full bust, full hipped woman shadowing a stick figure model. But that’s not the case. As long we both readers are ignored by mainstream fashion magazines, there is a neccessity.

    With that said, I know Vogue Black should feature some up and coming designers throughout the African diaspora. How about some definitively black models too and while we’re at it, consistent articles that deal with our specific beauty and health issues.

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  14. Exceptional post but I was wondering if you could write
    a litte more on this topic? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Many thanks!

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