This editorial, by Peter Lindbergh, for Vogue Italia, is special.
Stark and powerful.
If you were a fashion magazine and you wanted to make a comment on the tragedy that has seen untold billion barrels of oil seep into the Gulf of Mexico (and, lest we forget, also seeps into the sea off Nigeria, every day) what else would you say?
In this instance, the supreme silliness of many fashion shoots- the wastefulness of ruining such expensive clothing, the ridiculousness of placing a model in ludicrous situations – makes nightmarish sense.
This story is where the wastefulness, hubris and insanity of two very different industries collide to make a powerful political statement.
The image of McMenamy’s hand as an oil-stained seabird will stay with me for a long time.
It’s not about flogging clothes.
And in this case, that doesn’t bother me at all.