New Year, new decade, new continental inferno…welcome to 2020! As the fires continue to ravage Australia, the global stakes for climate action could not be higher. It is against this arresting tableau that Vogue Italia has unveiled its January 2020 issue, two of the covers of which feature Lili Sumner and Ambar Cristal rendered respectively by painters David Salle and Cassi A. Namoda. In an effort to reduce the carbon intensity of producing a typical magazine issue, editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti resolved to create the January issue without requiring any photo shoots. Speaking with The New York Times, Farneti explained, “One hundred and fifty people involved. About twenty flights and a dozen or so train journeys. Forty cars on standby. Sixty international deliveries. Lights switched on for at least ten hours nonstop, partly powered by gasoline-fuelled generators. Food waste from the catering services. Plastic to wrap the garments. Electricity to recharge phones, cameras …” The solution, then was to call on artists, mostly painters, for a low-carbon series of painted works in which all models are depicted wearing Gucci. The cost savings reaped in turn will be donated to the restoration of Fondazione Querini Stampalia, the Venice cultural institution damaged by recent flooding. Floods, fires, climate change is now and although an Italian fashion magazine can only do so much, it is at least elevating the issue to its cover, the priciest bit of real estate it has.

Visit vogue.it to see more on this issue.

Credits include: Publication, Vogue Italia Nº833 January 2020; Painting, David Salle (Lili Sumner), Cassi A. Namoda (Ambar Cristal); Styling, Tonne Goodman (Lili), Francesca Ragazzi and Roberta Pinna (Ambar); Casting, Piergiorgio Del Moro, Samuel Ellis.

Lili Sumner | Vogue January 2020 (Painting: David Salle)

Lili Sumner | Vogue January 2020 (Painting: David Salle)

Ambar Cristal | Vogue January 2020 (Painting: Cassi A. Namoda)

Ambar Cristal | Vogue January 2020 (Painting: Cassi A. Namoda)