Vogue Italia's March 2014 Editorial 'Abracadabra'

Vogue Italia’s  March  2014  Editorial spread, “Abracadabra,” by fashion photographer Stephen Meisel shot the Dutch model Saskia De Brauw
Face paints and tribal themes

Are fashion editorials pulling a leg on the tribal theme or just being plainly ‘artistic’ 

I'm  not sure what to think, still trying to digest it...check the rest of the editorial below 

Credits:Vogue IT