Thanks to Alastair McKimm, i-D is officially back on our radar. He kicked off 2020 with an array of “icons and idols” and asked 19 top models to pose remotely for a special digital edition back in April. Now we’re treated to “The Faith in Chaos” issue for Summer 2020 with three covers to choose from. Pharrell Williams fronts cover one (below) shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Teyana Taylor strikes a dynamic pose on cover two (below left) captured by Mario Sorrenti. Juergen Teller snapped Arca via FaceTime for the third and final installment (below right).
Pharrell’s cover was the first to come under scrutiny. “The weirdest celebrity/photographer match on Earth. Looks terrible. UNIQLO catalogs look better than this and looking at the clothes — looks like this image came straight out of there,” disapproved dontbeadrag.
“Amateur cover. I don’t understand why Mert & Marcus stopped playing with the colors and over-retouching their photos, which was their trademark,” kokurox chimed in.
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“I’m here for Teyana. She always photographs beautifully,” applauded mepps.
Lola701 was also a fan: “I love Teyana! Great energy!”
“I kinda like Pharrell by Mert & Marcus…but my fave out of the bunch is Teyana Taylor. Sorrenti’s done wonders, love the styling and posing from Teyana here, who just oozes confidence. The Juergen Teller cover, however, is an absolute embarrassment,” slammed vogue28.
In the same frame of mind was mikel. “Not even Juergen Teller can get away with a cover like that. Horrible.”
Which cover do you prefer? Join the conversation here.