I Want To Be An Alt

Kellina de Boer
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Paul Kolyer
MANAGING EDITOR

Heather Dunhill
FASHION EDITOR

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Kamila Brudzynska
Bernie Rothschild

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Emmanuelle Alt By Garance Doré

Garance Doré produced a fabulous series of short films throughout Fashion Week and I was excited to see that one of her Paris segments features Emmanuelle Alt in "Pardon My French/Les Parisiennes." Among other fascinating subjects, Emmanuelle discusses the inspiration behind the cover image of her March issue of Vogue Paris. As an added bonus, Isabel Marant appears later in the segment.

Emmanuelle Alt film stills © 2012 Garance Doré. All Rights Reserved.

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mars052012

IWTBAA Contest Winner: Kamila Brudzynska

Congratulations to Kamila Brudzynska, the winner of the first official I Want To Be An Alt essay contest! Kamila will receive a copy of the December/January issue of Vogue Paris (fondly known as the music issue), a $10 iTunes gift card, and an IWTBAA tee. Thanks to everyone for their submissions; I hope you will join me in congratulating Kamila in the comments below.

The Style Of Emmanuelle Alt
By Kamila Brudzynska

Nowadays, Emmanuelle Alt is one of the most influential women in the world of fashion. She has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris for one year but she has been present in the fashion business much longer. Why do I love her? Emmanuelle and Paris fashion are the crucial reasons I am going to study journalism with French. I know it is a little bit naive but one of my biggest dreams is to work in the fashion industry someday, maybe even with Emmanuelle. I would really like to know the secrets of her work and see all the processes of creating a new issue of the magazine. I know there are plenty of people who want the same thing but I also know that dreams can come true and I will fight for it.

Emmanuelle's style is so amazing for me. I am a huge fan of her way of chic and casual elegance. Her professional style and the private one are perfectly different. I fall in love with her stylizations in photo shoots at the first sight. I was really impressed. Since then I have been following all the news about her and her work. You really should see my happiness when I found your web site! I think it is great that when she styles, she chooses not only the clothes which she likes but also those which are or will be trendy. This is something that is similar between me and her. I pay attention both to outfits which suit me and to the ones in which others look good.

I like to call Emmanuelle "Kate Moss among editors." They both are independent to some extent, though we must not forget about their obligations to Condé Nast and contracts. Moreover, they are both themselves in their private lives. Kate wears whatever she wants and sooner or later it will become "must have" for every woman, Emmanuelle has a few rules and she does not break them (for example wearing neutral colors, her dislike for skirts). They are considered rebels in the world of fashion. What is more, only their families know their true personalities. Emmanuelle does not like showing her private life too much, she talks about her children and husband but in a very reserved and careful way.

I have to honestly admit that Carine Roitfeld was a better editor-in-chief. When Carine and Emmanuelle cooperated with each other they were the best team. Maybe this is the solution which Emmanuelle needs? Maybe she has not got the best "dream team" right now? I am not saying that people are working in the magazine in a bad way but maybe Emmanuelle is still working on establishing mutual understanding and when she finds it, she will be able to do her best with Vogue Paris. Carine was definitely a great editor, her stylizations always included something amazing and she wears incredible clothes, she is an icon. Nevertheless, for me it is not enough. In my opinion, Carine is so deeply devoted that it mirrors her. It seems that Emmanuelle has got a bigger distance. She is creating fashion for fashion, not for money, power, or scandals, she is just doing her job in a fabulous way. I am not saying that Carine was not a professional but she seems to have exaggerated with this what she did.

In conclusion, I think that Emmanuelle Alt is an amazing woman. Fashion is not boring for her and she still loves it and fashion loves her, too. She is never a fashion victim. One year cannot define her work as an editor-in-chief. She still can make big things in this business. I believe it is worth waiting for her Vogue Paris.

Emmanuelle Alt photograph © 2012 stockholm-streetstyle.com. All Rights Reserved.

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févr.292012

Emmanuelle Alt At Milan Fashion Week

Emmanuelle Alt photographs © 2012 Condé Nast and courtesy of nymag.com and  stylebistro.com. All Rights Reserved.

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Vogue Paris Translation: Editorial, February 2012

I have translated Emmanuelle Alt's editorial for the February issue of Vogue Paris from French to English. Oddly, I was impressed with her description of Las Vegas, her way with words is growing on me.

Rendez-vous désormais très attendu de l'entrée de saison, le spécial collections de Vogue met le cap sur Las Vegas, ville des faux-semblants, du clinquant et des rêves fracassés. Sous le feu de millions de néons acidulés, l'œil trompeur des fantômes d'Elvis ou de Sinatra, dans un tourbillon où le jour et la nuit se confondent, les looks phares de l'été prochain entrent en scène. Meneuse de cette revue de style? Daria Werbowy, la top model aux yeux de chat et jambes lianes, assure le show à elle toute seule. Une odyssée extravagante qui ne devrait pas déplaire à Marc Jacobs, créateur à l'aura de rock star qui a transformé la maison Louis Vuitton en cathédrale de mode. Alors qu'il est à l'honneur, le mois prochain, d'une exposition à Paris, il évoque sa carrière, sa vie, son goût de l'art et ses rêves. Autre invité de marque de ce numéro, Douglas Kennedy. Champion du best-seller, l'écrivain américain expédie son héros à Vegas, dont il fait le cadre d'une nouvelle exclusive. Envoûté et révélé à lui-même par cette cité de l'excès où tout est «larger than life», il décidera d'y rester. Dans la vie comme au jeu, les voies du hasard sont impénétrables.

Rendez-vous now with the long awaited coming season, as the special collections of Vogue head for Las Vegas, the city of sham, tinsel, and shattered dreams. Under the fire of millions of neon tubes, the eye is fooled by the ghosts of Elvis or Sinatra, in a whirlwind where day and night merge, the looks of next summer appear on stage. The ringleader of this review of style? Daria Werbowy, the top model with cat's eyes and legs like vines, providing the show all by herself. An extravagant odyssey that should not displease Marc Jacobs, the designer with the aura of a rock star who transformed the house of Louis Vuitton into a fashion cathedral. As he is being honored next month, with an exhibition in Paris, he talks about his career, his life, his taste for art and dreams. Another distinguished guest in this issue, Douglas Kennedy. Champion of the bestseller, the American author sends his hero to Vegas, which is part of a new exclusive. Bewitched and revealed to himself in this city of excess where everything is "larger than life," he decides to stay. In life as in the game, the ways of chance are mysterious.

View the video of Daria Werbowy shot by Inez & Vinoodh and styled by Emmanuelle. 

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

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févr.202012

The Angle On Alt: New York Fashion Week

I am excited to present a new feature on I Want To Be An Alt, a recurring column entitled "The Angle On Alt" in which we examine all the latest scoop on Emmanuelle Alt. In the first installment, Heather Dunhill rounds up the highlights of Emmanuelle's New York Fashion Week. Thanks for your thorough research, Heather, it is almost as if we are there, watching the shows with Emmanuelle Alt and her Vogue Paris posse...

The Angle On Alt: New York Fashion Week
By Heather Dunhill

As expected, Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt put a few extra miles on those heels of hers while she made her way from Hudson Street to Pier 57 then on to Lincoln Center to view the New York Fashion Week Fall 2012 collections. Just as we would want our girl to be, she was front row and center for all, spotted with friends like Virginie Mouzat at Rodarte; Capucine Safyurtlu at Theyskens' Theory; Vinoodh Matadin and Inez van Lamsweerde at Ralph Lauren; and seated next to Hollywood stars like Rooney Mara and Emma Stone at Calvin Klein.

Low on the drama scale but still enough to register on the radar screen of fellow guests and New York Magazine’s The Cut, it was reported that at the Altuzarra show, the punctual Emmanuelle was quickly and mysteriously stewarded from her front row seat to another section just before the show began. Shortly thereafter, Carine Roitfeld, former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief, and her daughter, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, popped in to take the two seats adjacent to EA’s initial seating. If you haven’t heard, to say their relationship has cooled is an understatement. Clearly there is a publicist somewhere in New York City with a round of apologies under her YSL belt by now.

On a much lighter note, The Daily overhead Emmanuelle quip at the Alexander Wang show: “No, I don’t make snow angels — I’m very afraid of the cold!” Hmm, random information that makes me curious about the conversation that quote fits into... and it certainly explains her love of warm outerwear!

Follow in Emmanuelle's fashionable steps and view a few of the shows she attended in New York:

Altuzarra

Donna Karan

Theyskens' Theory

Carolina Herrera

Rodarte

Alexander Wang

Diesel Black Gold

Calvin Klein Collection

Ralph Lauren

Emmanuelle Alt photographs © 2012 Andreas Joseph and courtesy of chicagostreetstyle.com and Fashion Spot.