The great Steven Meisel has a lot to do with why Italian Vogue is our favorite Vogue, but we’d also say Italia manages to be both the most sophisticated and most bizarre in the glossy’s international family. This is a roundabout way of saying Meisel and the creative team have outdone themselves with an impressively bizarre January issue, called “The Collections on IVC.” The cover stars Daria Strokous and perennial favorite Caroline Trentini as models on a IV-ified home shopping network, wearing ripped-from-the-runway Chanel.

We’ll let them explain:

The very latest from the Spring/Summer 2012 collections directly to your screen. What will be seen broadcast on the pages of this month’s “Vogue”, is an artistically ironic simulation of telesales programs, nowadays much in vogue in the United States. Where cult garments and must-have accessories, from purses to shoes, to the most sophisticated jewelry, are presented by It-girls and chic ladies. 

Warning! All prices, telephone numbers, deadlines, that is to say all the writings superimposed onto the images are invented and have no reference to reality. It is only a game.

It’s only a game, guys!

We’re excited to see the whole editorial, but what do you think of the oddball inspiration? Clever or just weird?

(Vogue It)