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.
Vogue Paris editorial image © 2012 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.
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:
Emmanuelle Alt photographs © 2012 Andreas Joseph and courtesy of chicagostreetstyle.com and Fashion Spot.
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott photographed Natalia Vodianova for the cover of the March issue of Vogue Paris. The cover headlines promise "Extrêmement mode, Des podiums à la rue, Tendances, bijoux, beauté, artistes, accessoires..." or in English, "Extremely fashionable, From the podium to the street, Trends, jewelry, beauty, artists, accessories..." The March issue will be available on newsstands 24 February.
Vogue Paris cover image © 2012 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.
I must admit that I was a bit surprised when Emmanuelle Alt accepted my challenge to a tuneoff, and she certainly put up quite a fight with her Wham! video, but I think I have the deal breaker right here, folks… Carine Roitfeld has agreed to serve as my proxy for the next round, taking on Emmanuelle Alt in "Let's Get Physical" by Olivia Newton-John. It seems that the more seriously Emmanuelle takes the dance contest, the more Carine smiles…
Emmanuelle Alt and Carine Roitfeld in "Let's Get Physical" by Olivia Newton-John courtesy of jibjab.com.