I Want To Be An Alt

Kellina de Boer

Paul Kolyer

Heather Dunhill

Kamila Brudzynska
Bernie Rothschild

Coups de cœur de Alt
Galerie de Alt
Armoire de Alt
quoi de neuf
Vogue Paris

Vogue Hommes

Vogue Paris Collections


IWTBAA Black Tee

IWTBAA White Mug

IWTBAA White Tee

I Want To Be A Roitfeld

I Want To Be A Battaglia

I Want To Be A Coppola


Chloé: Attitudes
By Sarah Mower


Jane & Serge
By Andrew Birkin


Loulou de la Falaise
By Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni


Halston: Inventing American Fashion
By Lesley Frowick


Dries van Noten
By Pamela Golbin


A Denim Story
By Emily Current, Meritt Elliott, Hilary Walsh 


Veruschka: From Vera to Veruschka
By Johnny Moncada


Draw Blood for Proof
By Mario Sorrenti


Diana Vreeland Memos:
The Vogue Years

By Alexander Vreeland


Emmanuelle Alt Models For Jean Paul Gaultier

Emmanuelle Alt Models For Jean Paul Gaultier
By Richard James

While legendary in the front row for her illustrious reign as one of the most influential tastemakers in Paris, Emmanuelle Alt's career has not only stretched across her time at French ELLE, Mixte, 20 Ans, and now Vogue Paris, the one time George Michael impersonator was once also a model and understandably so with her long legs, high cheekbones, warm smile, and perfect skin presumably inherited from her mother, Françoise, herself a Lanvin and Nina Ricci model in the 1960s and '70s.

After Françoise Alt retired from the catwalk, she would accompany her daughter to shows during the same period that Emmanuelle started as a fashion assistant at ELLE France. Emmanuelle remembers this time: "When she stopped modeling, we would go to fashion shows together. My first was Jean Paul Gaultier, when I was 19. It was crazy. I loved it." Her first show with her mother was the Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 1986 collection at Porte de la Villette. The excitement and craziness of the atmosphere was a delight to a young Emmanuelle who in a previous interview with The Telegraph thought it was "Really funny!" being swept up in the fun and amusement of any Jean Paul Gaultier show.

Emmanuelle's time on the catwalk was short lived but involved walking for the man who since her early teens provided fun, entertainment, and influence. At the age of 27, Emmanuelle walked in the show for the Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 1994 collection, "The Grand Voyage," widely considered one of the best ever shows by the designer. In this rare archival footage, Emmanuelle is seen on the catwalk with some of the most iconic models of our time, some of which now at Vogue Paris she has forged both professional and personal relationships with such as Kate Moss and Carla Bruni.

I've always felt that a relation can be made between that early influence of Gaultier's work and the work of Emmanuelle, her vision androgynous and her attitude awesomely French, you can see just how a relationship can be forged between the two iconic Parisians. Emmanuelle considers the 1980s "the era of Jean Paul Gaultier" in the days "with real production values and amazing sets" which can be regarded as a thing of the past in the days of theatrics and experimentation, Jean Paul Gaultier is one of the last greats whose shows remain Fun and Theatrical.

Emmanuelle Alt shares her thoughts on the Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 2007 collection

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Emmanuelle Alt et al images courtesy of Jean Paul Gaultier and Fashion Spot.


Franck Durand For Balmain Spring 2013 Campaign

Atelier Franck Durand provided art direction for Pierre Balmain's Spring 2013 advertising campaign for both the men's and women's collections. Karim Sadli photographed models Anna Selezneva and Bastiaan van Gaalan for the campaign as directed by Franck Durand, aiming for the atmosphere that permeates the grand hotels of the French Riviera, sun-drenched glamour. I adore the hyperreality of these two shots poolside. Bravo, Monsieur Durand.

View the creation of the Pierre Balmain Spring 2013 advertising campaign

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Balmain advertising campaign images © 2013 Balmain. All Rights Reserved.


Vogue Paris Translation Editorial December 2012/January 2013

J’ai rencontré Carla Bruni autour de nos 20 ans. Carla débutait comme mannequin. C’est donc une joie particulière de faire ce numéro de Noël avec une amie de si longue date.

On le sait, Carla a eu plusieurs vies : top model, chanteuse, avec un succès assourdissant, avant que le destin ne s’en mêle et ne lui fasse épouser un chef d’État. De plus en plus connue, médiatisée, starisée, elle est restée la même. Intacte. La notoriété ne l’a pas changée. C’est rare.

Fidèle, loyale, généreuse, c’est une personne précieuse. Sous l’enveloppe parfaite — plastique divine, sourire mutin, intelligence brillante — le contenu est aussi séduisant. Au point qu’on pourrait oublier l’essentiel : Carla est avant tout une artiste, dont la guitare et la voix éraillée murmurent si joliment à notre oreille.

I met Carla Bruni when we were about 20 years old. Carla began as a model. It is therefore a particular pleasure to make this Christmas issue with a long time friend.

We know Carla has had several lives: top model, singer, with a deafening success, before fate intervened and  made her marry a head of state. Increasingly known, publicized, a rising star, she has remained the same. Intact. The fame has not changed her. This is rare.

Faithful, loyal, generous, this is a precious person. Under the perfect envelope — divine plastic, mischievous smile, brilliant intelligence — the content is also attractive. To the point we could forget the essential: Carla is first and foremost an artist, whose guitar and hoarse voice whisper so prettily in our ear.

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


Vogue Paris 2013 Calendar Preview

Vogue Paris 2013 Calendar Preview
By Kate Ringo Suzuki

What do you get when bare natural breasts meet glamorous poses? You get the Vogue Paris calendar, of course! If you don’t like that then, well, you have a hole in your soul.

Let’s review the highlights:


Like a woodland nymph with golden locks, Lara Stone’s natural beauty radiates in a vintage French lace lawn dress. Something tells me that the Brothers Hildebrandt would have really dug her.



Kate Moss sizzles (does she do anything but?) in the style of Studio 54. The glam-o-meter ratchets up as Kate leans up against some cacti that serve as a bed of thorns of sorts. What does it all mean? I don’t know. But it’s hot.



Sasha Pivovarova is freaky glam in an ersatz S&M outfit. Let’s call it S&M lite: Great taste, less filling. She has a lovely nipple. I think it begs to be pierced. But then, no, it wouldn’t be S&M lite…



Not all the photographs hit the target. Some miss the mark, like March: Raquel Zimmermann wears white jeans, sturdy boots, a distressed leather belt, a gossamer scarf, and oops!, she forgot her top. She’s squinting. She’s parched. She looks lost. Hey, Raquel! Baby! Burning Man is in the other direction!

Discover Yves Rocher Botanical Body Care

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Vogue Paris 2013 calendar image © 2012 Condé Nast via fashionscansremastered.net. All Rights Reserved.


Introducing… Richard James, Contributing Editor

It is my pleasure to introduce the newest member of the I Want To Be An Alt team… Richard James, contributing editor! Rich is a fashion student in the United Kingdom with a particular fondness for Emmanuelle Alt and I am delighted that he will be sharing his eloquent thoughts on her style through these pages. Please join me in welcoming Rich to IWTBAA!

Richard James
Contributing Editor

I was around 14 years of age when I first stumbled upon Emmanuelle Alt. I was transfixed on her style and the aesthetics she contributed to the pages of Vogue Paris. I began to research and came across this website, containing just about all her outfits and editorial work. Alt has influenced multiple sectors of my life, style being the most influential. I'm now 20 years of age, currently on a gap year from university studying Fashion, something I've had an innate passion for since the age of 9 when I first picked up the British counterpart to Vogue Paris. If I have half the career Emmanuelle has had I will die a happy boy.

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Emmanuelle Alt photograph courtesy of Fashion Spot. Enhancement by Kellina de Boer.