Vogue Paris: Rendez-vous à Manhattan (New York Partie 1)
By Heather Dunhill
Ok, look — regarding "Rendez-vous à Manhattan," styling by Emmanuelle Alt, I’m taking the Oreo Cookie constructive criticism approach. Have you ever heard of it? You give positive reinforcement on both ends but it’s the stuff in the middle that needs improvement. So, here goes.
I LOVE that Alt stepped out her comfort zone but kept the best of her signature rock 'n' roll styling. She kept it simple with accessories, sent the crosses back to the Vatican, and updated model Milla Jovovich with a solid hair style a la 1980s Brigitte Nielsen — very, very hot.
Trying to keep an open mind, I didn’t know how I completely felt about the overall styling until I got to "New York Partie 2," styled by Melanie Ward. It makes Alt’s shoot look less than with Jovovich running around the city in Charlie’s Angels mode, one pic with a hotrod Prius as a backdrop. Trust me, I know there are some great photos in this editorial but maybe if it was once or twice with the finger gun — but, oh. no. It’s every shot. I’m starting to think it’s not all Alt’s fault. It’s quite possible that her position has created some sort of insulation from trustworthy feedback. Are those around Emmanuelle Alt telling her that every idea she has is golden?
The clothes are to die, no doubt. I was especially into the Dolce & Gabbana flower appliqué dress and the Alexander McQueen number that could have been on Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman. I also admire Emmanuelle Alt for showing us that those black pumps of hers have staying power and, don’t hate me non-smokers, I even like that she throws in a rebellious cigarette — just to let us know she sits in one of the highest fashion offices in the land and, she can.
More from Vogue Paris February 2013
Vogue Paris: New York Partie 2
By Richard James
Vogue Paris: New York Partie 3
By Kamila Brudzynska
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