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Vogue Paris: Le Bel Âge

Vogue Paris: Le Bel Âge
By Paul Kolyer

Vogue Paris has a history of featuring stunning beauties on the covers and in the editorials. Looking through copies of Vogue en beauté (1920-2007) and Vogue Paris Covers: 1920-2009 is always inspiring.

I think Carine Roitfeld's words from the foreword to Vogue Paris Covers hold true for the work of Emmanuelle Alt as well. November's cover is a great example!

Plastic surgery procedures are everywhere and openly discussed in today's beauty features. But one can never underestimate the power of great makeup and good lighting!

Fashion loves before-and-after editorials and the November issue has a beautiful selection by Suzanne Koller and Mario Sorrenti. Sorrenti has given Vogue Paris some amazing beauty shots and editorials over the years! For "Double Jeu," Koller enlists hot makeup artist Aaron de Mey.

Flashback to world-renowned fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo and his transformations in the 1982 book Scavullo Women.

Don't you love when great editors, photographers, and makeup artists capture the look of the times!

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mardi
nov.252014

Vogue Paris December 2014/January 2015: Inès De La Fressange

From the Vogue Paris web site... 

Deux couvertures signées Mert & Marcus célèbrent cette icône du chic parisien. Ses confidences, ses souvenirs, ses proches, ses adresses fétiches… Un album de famille à découvrir en kiosque le 4 décembre.

"On m’interroge souvent sur la Parisienne. A quoi ressemble-t-elle ? Quel est son style ? Et puis on croise Inès de la Fressange et l’évidence est là : la silhouette en I vibre comme un trait de Gruau, l’allure sobre exhale une élégance innée, l’œil noisette pailleté d’or et la voix veloutée escortent un esprit irrésistible, le bon sens, le goût de la liberté et la joie de vivre", écrit Emmanuelle Alt, rédactrice en chef de Vogue Paris dans l’édito de ce numéro de décembre 2014/janvier 2015. Deux couvertures et des séries mode signées par le tandem de photographes Mert & Marcus, Davis Sims et Mario Sorrenti saisissent sur le vif les différentes facettes d’Ines de la Fressange, qui invite Vogue Paris à passer Noël auprès de sa grande famille. De son album photo, commenté avec tendresse par l’homme de sa vie, Denis Olivennes, à sa fille Violette d’Urso, qui prend à son tour la pose dans les pages de Vogue Paris, en passant par ses amis de toujours, Elie Top ou Jean Paul Goude, ce mélange d’émotion, d’élégance et d’humour spontané rythme l’intégralité de ce numéro. Véritable touche-à-tout, Inès de la Fressange y livre les lieux fétiches de son Paris de cœur, les recettes de sa jeunesse éternelle, ses meilleurs souvenirs mode, ses envies de Noël, ou les secrets de ses multiples vies... Du sur-mesure à la hauteur de cette inégalable parisienne.

Vogue n°953, en kiosque le 4 décembre

We celebrate the ultimate Parisienne this Christmas, as Inès de la Fressange graces two covers by Mert & Marcus. The Queen of Paris chic opens up about her life with a little help from friends and family in our December/January issue, out December 4.

"I'm often asked about the Parisienne. What does she look like? How does she dress? Then I bump into Inès de la Fressange and it's all there: the silhouette as slim as the stroke of René Gruau's pen, the sober style that exudes innate elegance, the deep brown gold-flecked eyes, the velvet tones that belie an irresistible spirit, the healthy dose of common sense, the taste for liberty and the joie de vivre," writes Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt in her December 2014/January 2015 editorial. Two covers and inside editorials from Mert & Marcus, David Sims and Mario Sorrenti capture the many facets of Inès de la Fressange, as the ultimate Parisienne invites Vogue Paris to a family Christmas. Inès even opens her personal photo album, with tenderly written comments by her long-time partner Denis Olivennes. Her daughter Violette d’Urso is our Miss Vogue this month and life-long friends Elie Top and Jean Paul Goude open up, in an issue built with emotion, elegance, and humor. Multitalented Inès opens her Paris address book to share her favorite places in her home city, alongside the secrets to her seemingly eternal youth, some juicy fashion stories and her hopes for Christmas and beyond. Don't know how she does it all? Nor do we, prepare to find out in an issue made-to-measure with a peerless Parisienne.

Vogue n°953, out December 4.

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mercredi
nov.192014

Vogue Paris Collections Printemps-Été 2015

From the Vogue Paris web site...

La couverture annonce la couleur: l’été 2015 sera contrasté. Au programme de ce guide des tendances : les défilés de New York, Londres, Milan et Paris décryptés à travers près de 2000 looks et 1500 accessoires. En kiosque aujourd’hui.

"Premièrement, l’esprit de contradiction: jamais il n’aura été aussi flagrant, tissant les contours d’une nouvelle modernité" écrit Emmanuelle Alt, rédactrice en chef de Vogue Paris dans l’édito du Vogue Collections printemps-été 2015. En couverture de cette édition spéciale, qui condense les meilleurs looks et accessoires de la dernière Fashion Week, un camaïeu de noir et de rouge, habillé de traits blancs dessinant les contours d’une saison haute en contrastes. Influences Seventies entre fièvre du samedi soir et gypset bohème, accents militaires kaki ou marine, jeux de transparence, patchworks de tissus vintage et mix & match de volumes et de matières…Le meilleur destendances de la saison, que Vogue Paris décrypte dans ce guide essentiel à découvrir en kiosque aujourd’hui.

The cover says it all, Summer 2015 is coming bolder than ever before. Browse over 2,000 looks and 1,500 accessories lifted straight out of Fashion Week from New York to Paris. The Vogue guide to the trends you'll want to get behind, in newsstands today.

"The spirit of contradiction has never been stated so clearly, heralding a new form of modernity in no uncertain terms," writes Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris in the Vogue Collections Spring/Summer 2015 issue. Rounding up the top looks and accessories from Fashion Week, this contrast is translated through a cover painted loud, in a flash of red exalted by black through to the lines of white that trace the silhouettes, to stand-out effect. From Seventies influences spanning Saturday Night Fever to hippy deluxe, military accents in navy or khaki to vintage prints, mesh or sheer fabrics and a whole mix of volume and material, this is your must-have guide to all the catwalk trends you need to know about. Make way for the fashion bible of the season by Vogue Paris, in newsstands today.

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jeudi
nov.132014

Vogue Paris: Biker Couture

Vogue Paris: Biker Couture
By Paul Kolyer

Couture has taken to the streets, having been knocked off the salon pedestal for some time now, and Anastasia Barbieri has clearly taken the street influences in her collaboration with Glen Luchford, whose new book Pictorialism, is on my wish list. Anastasia adds a casquette en cuir and biker boots throughout this charming shoot. The casquette has been favored by Emmanuelle Alt for some time, a Greek fisherman style in navy is seen on her above.

My first sight of Dior couture was this WWD cover and I was overjoyed! I love the flight suit updated by the Dior Atelier for 21st century chic. I instantly remembered Galliano taking a bow in an astronaut uniform after a Dior couture show. Anastasia brings the look down to earth with Sasha playing guitar in her dark bob and Tiffany diamonds. Perhaps this charming girl needs to make some spare change to pay for these high dollar looks!

Zuhair Murad is a couturier in the grand French tradition of Hubert Givenchy, he loves highly embellished feminine fabrics and silhouettes. The bomber jacket influence is everywhere in fashion and Anastasia shows a Margiela silk version with a bomber-like blouson by Murad over his pleated gown.

Gaultier brings sporty back. He knows how to elevate sporty separates to haute levels with couture craftsmanship. His silver off the shoulder top and matching joggers over a black embellished maillot turn heads on the subway commute.

Black leather flat boots are always in style and the more biker the better to go with this fall's couture. These boots give a downtown feel to the upscale clothes. October's issue has a fabulous selection, as did Emmanuelle Alt's grunge editorial from last fall, like these vintage boots.

The Schiapparelli reboot is hitting its stride with a knockout couture collection. Schiapparelli excelled at tailored evening jackets and coats. This zoot suit style strong shouldered look has the flavor of this vintage picture of Salvador Dali in a tux with his wife and friend in Schiapparelli ensembles from 1939.

Chanel had a biker moment in 1991, when Karl Lagerfeld showed leather jackets and biker boots. Far from the Chanel couture Versailles influence, Sasha perches on a sidewalk sofa. The one in the Louis XIV style is left behind in her mother's Park Avenue parlor.

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jeudi
oct.302014

Vogue Paris In Black, White, And Red

Vogue Paris in Black, White, and Red
By Paul Kolyer

The popular phrase "time flies" sounds so much chicer in Latin, especially the original version — "Fugit, inreparabile tempus"or "It escapes, irretrievable time." Just so timely now as our lives, and the fashion world, are flying faster than ever! Dior will show Pre-Fall 2015 in Tokyo soon, and I am shopping for a Fall 2014 coat. September is gone, may as well kiss October au revoir too. Thank goodness Vogue Paris freezes time in such well-edited and chic tomes to save and savor!

Looking back at the September and October issues, I am reminded of a classic joke with a chic little twist. "What is black and white and read all over?" "Vogue Paris mon chéri!" The September issue is packed with black-and-white Parisian style. The illustration by the famous René Gruau sums up Parisian elegance, black ink on paper.

As soon as pictures showed editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt and new fashion director Suzanne Koller at Nicolas Ghesquière's first Louis Vuitton show, we knew Vogue Paris was back in the front row! September cover girl Natasha Poly wears LV and we are treated to an editorial and handsome black-and-white portrait of Nicolas by Karim Sadli.

Meanwhile in Paris, Suzanne Koller styles Edie Campbell in Fall dresses, don't you love Edie's new hairstyle and color? The shorter length dresses with high boots are everywhere, this selection includes beautiful examples!

Not to be out-booted, Emmanuelle Alt chooses Versace thigh highs — and nothing else — for October on new mom Natasha Poly!

Black lace is so French and Emmanuelle Alt gives us the short of it in her September issue…

 

and the long of it in her October issue…. très sexy !

The fashion pack and EA love Anthony Vaccarello. Emmanuelle Alt styles his looks in September and October in glorious black, or black and red!

The French term haute joaillerie brings to mind the Place de la Concorde and the September and October issues are dripping with bijoux! Geraldine Saglio exhales chic with every photo and Suzanne Koller stuns with Hedi Slimane muse Grace Hartzel in necklaces and earrings from the most glamorous jewelry houses.

September also brought us the return of Raquel Zimmermann. Top stylist Joe McKenna teams with Vogue Paris favorites Mert and Marcus to give Raquel a new hairstyle and fierce looks in the same strong future styles as Anna Ewers in the awesome Mert and Marcus August cover shoot.

The femme fatale is a French institution and one that Emmanuelle Alt thankfully loves to include on a regular basis! I adore Rachel's fatal attraction, dressed scantily in unisex oversize shorts by Melitta Baumeister and boots by Rick Owens!

Eyes suddenly closed and bottle in hand, an open door to the back of a van, lord knows what "seduction" she has in store, stay tuned as Vogue Paris seduces with each new issue!

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