I Want To Be An Alt

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août132012

Vogue Paris September 2012: Kate Moss, Lara Stone, Daria Werbowy

Mon dieu ! Emmanuelle Alt may be responsible for this September's hottest issue with her new look for Vogue Paris. Kate Moss, Lara Stone, and Daria Werbowy model the same Dolce & Gabbana dress for three different covers all shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Inside holds a few surprises as well: a new interior design by artistic director Germain Chauveau that reflects the look of Vogue Paris in the 1960s and 70s, a new illustrated column titled “Humeur” by Garance Doré, and a new focus on profiles of folks that fit the Vogue Paris vibe. What was the impetus behind the redesign? Emmanuelle Alt explains: “All the other Vogues carry a country name. Vogue Paris is the only one to carry the name of a city. Everyone fantasizes about Paris. It’s the concept of the ‘Parisienne.’ The ‘Parisienne’ is a girl who makes people dream worldwide, rightly or wrongly, a girl who represents a particular style, a taste, an allure.... It is very important to make your mark on the layout, to have a magazine tailor-made for the content you want to have.” The theme for the September issue of Vogue Paris is "black" and it graces newsstands beginning 23 August.

Vogue Paris September 2012 issue cover images © 2012 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.

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août092012

Review: Vogue Paris August 2012 Issue

It is my honor to present the first Vogue Paris review by our fabulous contributing editor Heather Dunhill in which she looks at the August issue of VP and tells it like she sees it... Merci beaucoup, Heather!

Review: Vogue Paris August 2012 Issue
By Heather Dunhill

I’ve had seven days to pore over Emmanuelle Alt’s August issue of Vogue Paris for my first review for I Want To Be An Alt. I have opinions on some highlights and some low points; unfortunately (and much to my dismay) Emmanuelle’s styling contribution falls in the latter category.

To begin, I loved the series of interviewees toward the end of the famed French fashion journal; it shows that Emmanuelle Alt has her finger on the pulse, as a proper editrix should. She gets high marks for being a woman of our time by educating us on those in fashion’s history as well as keeping us informed about who to know and what is trending. The subjects of the interviews ranged from Saint Laurent Paris creative director Hedi Slimane to Balmain wunderkind designer Olivier Rousteing to fashion icon Pierre Cardin to the visually creative Jean-Paul Goude to French rapper Joey Starr, among others. The most interesting standout of the group was Marion Cotillard. Not for the obvious reasons of her beauty, talent, and success, but because the fair and lovely Dior fashion muse landed both the cover of Vogue Paris and Vogue US for the month of August. I can’t imagine Anna Wintour was pleased to learn of this significant snafu. I am actually curious how many times this has happened since Wintour has been in power in charge of the fashion tome.

All right, so this is the part I have been dreading... I want to wax poetic about everything Emmanuelle Alt does. I really do. But, I have come to be incredibly underwhelmed with her styling. She seems to be one note with the story she tells. The photos are not all lacking, in fact, most are visually fabulous like the Alexander McQueen dress opening "Paris mon Amour," but often her styling is... is... predictable. In a layout, it’s a sure bet that she will throw in a cross or two, a wide belt, pointed pumps, hoop earrings, and a nod to either rock 'n' roll or the 80s. It just makes me want to hit the snooze button.

Emmanuelle certainly lands the prime real estate on the pages of Vogue Paris. In fact, her collaboration with Mario Sorrenti "Paris mon Amour" ran from pages 134–199. As the editor-in-chief, however, shouldn’t she be focusing her efforts on steering the fashionable yacht rather than fluffing the Missoni pillows down on the sundeck? I really want her to delegate the styling to Géraldine Saglio and allow her to be Alt’s Grace Coddington.

Just a quick comparison of two August editorials in closing: "Chic Ultime" by Saglio and "Paris mon Amour" by Alt. Notice how Géraldine has realized a look that could be styled by Coco Chanel herself for today’s modern woman. And, even though I love the clothing along with the hair and makeup that Emmanuelle puts together — I just want something more. Again, the photos are art but is that the work of Alt or Sorrenti?

Vogue Paris editorial images © 2012 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.

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juil.282012

Franck Durand For Aurelie Bidermann

Franck Durand, also known as Mr. Emmanuelle Alt, has created one of the most compelling short films I have seen in recent memory, an advertisement for the Aurélie Bidermann Fall/Winter 2012-13 collection. The light... the color... the sound of the engine revving as the model speeds through the countryside… the elements combine to create a sense of story in which the jewelry shines on center stage. The split screen treatment works beautifully here, using the motion of the car and driver to display the designs of Aurélie Bidermann to perfection. The model is Sonia Sieff, the daughter of Jeanloup Sieff, driving a vintage Porsche. Naturally Monsieur Durand and his atelier have been influenced by La Nouvelle Vague… je l'adore…

Aurélie Bidermann film stills © 2012 Aurélie Bidermann. All Rights Reserved.

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juil.132012

Julien David: ANDAM Fashion Award Winner

Emmanuelle Alt was one of the twenty-four jurors for this year's ANDAM Fashion Award which went to Julien David while Pièce d'Anarchive won the prize for "First Collection." Each year the Association Nationale pour le Développement des Arts de la Mode (ANDAM) organizes a group of fashion professionals to choose six finalists that they deem worthy of the prestigious award with the aim to help emerging talent find independence. Also among the panel of jurors for 2012 were Pierre Bergé, Pamela Golbin, Humberto Leon, Virginie Mouzat, and Jean-Jacques Picart. David, who worked with Narciso Rodriguez and Ralph Lauren prior to launching his own line, wins a grant of €230,000 and sponsorship by Pierre-Yves Roussel, the CEO for LVMH's fashion division. The creators of Pièce d'Anarchive, sisters Priscilla and Deborah Royer and Virginie Muys, received a grant of €60,000. The other designers nominated for the award were Cédric Charlier, Vika Gazinskaya, Calla Haynes, Thomas Tait, and Nicolas Andreas Taralis. Past winners of the ANDAM prize include Giles Deacon, Gareth Pugh, Hakaan Yildirim, and Anthony Vaccarello.

Julien David photographs © 2012 Julien David, Co. Ltd. and courtesy of the-new-reporter.com. All Rights Reserved.

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juil.112012

Vogue Paris August 2012: Marion Cotillard

For the cover of the August issue of Vogue Paris, Emmanuelle Alt selected actress and Dior model Marion Cotillard to represent "the Parisian in 80 looks" as photographed by Mario Sorrenti. Emmanuelle's intention with the issue is to "celebrate the reality of the Parisian dream," oooo la la... Isabeli Fontana, Doutzen Kroes, Arizona Muse, and Kati Nescher also posed for the editorial of 80 essential looks from the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 collections. Two highlights for me will be an interview with Lou Doillon who releases her first album in September, titled Places and sung entirely in English; and an exclusive with Hedi Slimane, Saint Laurent Paris' new creative director, as conducted by the lovely Olivier Lalanne. The August issue is available on newsstands 20 July, get it while it's hot...

Vogue Paris August 2012 issue cover image © 2012 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.