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lundi
avr.152013

Vogue Paris May 2013: Freja Beha Erichsen

Électrique, rebelle, contrasté... ce numéro de mai se laisse enivrer par la fièvre punk et l'excitation couture du Festival de Cannes pour s'adonner aux deux extrêmes en toute liberté. En kiosque le 25 avril prochain.

"Le punk est dans l'air. Une attitude, des looks, un courant de fond auxquels fait écho une formidable exposition au MET de New York ("Punk: Chaos to Couture)", écrit Emmanuelle Alt, rédactrice en chef de Vogue Paris, dans l'édito du numéro de mai 2013. Une édition ancrée dans l'air du temps, faisant le grand écart entre ce souffle révolutionnaire, mis à l'honneur par le Costume Institute dès le 9 mai prochain, et le glamour clinquant du Festival de Cannes. Deux styles qui se rejoignent en couverture de Vogue sous les traits de Freja Beha Erichsen, photographiée par Inez & Vinoodh. Absente du magazine depuis le numéro d'août 2011 et des podiums depuis le printemps-été 2012, cette brune sulfureuse au corps tatoué conjugue les robes haute couture du printemps-été 2013 avec son allure sauvage. Le voyage aux origines du mot punk continue avec l'interview d'un de ses membres fondateurs, le musicien Richard Hell, avant de voguer en mer Méditerranée à bord d'un superbe voilier pour la série Miss Vogue. On frôle les côtes marocaines s'enivrer des parfums d'Orient avant d'atteindre les côtes cannoises. Au programme: une rencontre privée avec Julianne Moore, les confidences de Karim Rahman, le maquilleur expert de l'Oréal Paris, et une plongée dans les coulisses du Festival de Cannes par Garance Doré. Suivez le guide!

Electric, rebellious, mixed... this issue may leave you intoxicated by the punk fever and the fashion excitement of the Cannes Film Festival to indulge in extremes freely. On newsstands April 25.

"Punk is in the air. An attitude, the looks, an undercurrent that echoes a wonderful exhibition at the MET in New York ("Punk: Chaos to Couture")," writes Emmanuelle Alt, editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris in the editorial of the May 2013 issue. An issue anchored in the zeitgeist bridging the gap between the revolutionary spirit, honored by the Costume Institute on May 9, and the glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival. The two styles converge on the cover of Vogue in the guise of Freja Beha Erichsen, photographed by Inez & Vinoodh. Absent from the magazine since August 2011 and from the runways since Spring/Summer 2012, this sultry brunette with the tattooed body combines the couture dresses of Spring/Summer 2013 with her own wild allure. The journey to the origins of the word punk continues with an interview with one of its founding members, the musician Richard Hell, before sailing the Mediterranean Sea aboard a beautiful yacht for the series "Miss Vogue." It borders the Moroccan coast drunk on the perfumes of the Orient before reaching the coast of Cannes. The programme: a private meeting with Julianne Moore, the confidences of Karim Rahman, the makeup expert of L'Oréal Paris, and diving behind the scenes at Cannes with Garance Doré. Follow the guide!

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Vogue Paris March 2013 cover photograph by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin © 2013 Condé Nast.

vendredi
avr.122013

Vogue Paris Translation: Le Point De Vue De Vogue April 2013

Le Pérou donne le vertige. Des cimes du mont Huascarán aux plages de Lima, le décalage est de 7000 mètres. Pour ce numéro, c'est en compagnie de Mario Testino que nous avons fait le grand saut. Une plongée éblouissante, où les surprises sont à chaque coin de rue, les découvertes au bout d'un chemin qui s'enfonce dans la jungle ou au détour d'une piste qui danse sur la crête des Andes.

Le Pérou, c'est une variété inouïe de paysages, de lumières et de parfums, un pays-fusion devenu une source permanente d'inspiration. Des beaux quartiers de Lima aux vieilles rues de Cuzco, l'ancienne capitale inca, en passant par les légendaires lignes de Nazca, la mode selon Vogue s'est mise au tempo péruvien : généreux, contrasté, dans tous les cas coloré. Un esprit unique, qu'un trio de chefs surdoués est en train de faire découvrir au monde entier : nous les avons rencontrés. Exceptionnellement, le prix Nobel de littérature Mario Vargas Llosa a accepté de se livrer : écrivain passionnel, il souligne — entre autres confidences — le climat d'euphorie que traverse son pays. Un optimisme dont la jeune génération de sportifs, de mannequins et comédiens s'est faite le porte-drapeau. Plus qu'une simple échappée, ce numéro salue aussi cette confiance solaire, fondée sur ce qui anime les meilleurs créateurs : le goût infini de la diversité.

Peru gives one vertigo. From the peaks of Mount Huascaran to the beaches of Lima, the difference is 7,000 meters. For this issue, it is in the company of Mario Testino that we made the leap. A dazzling plunge, where surprises are around every corner, with discoveries at the end of a path that leads into the jungle or a detour for a track dancing on the crest of the Andes.

Peru, it is an incredible variety of landscapes, of lights and of fragrances, a country-fusion that has become a constant source of inspiration. From the beautiful neighborhoods of Lima to the old streets of Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital, through the legendary Nazca lines, the fashion of Vogue has begun to follow a Peruvian beat: generous, mixed, in all cases colorful. A unique spirit, a trio of gifted chefs is in the process of discovering the world: we met with them. Exceptionally, the Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has agreed to deliver: a passionate writer, he emphasizes — among other secrets — the climate of euphoria that traverses his country. An optimism that the younger generation of athletes, models, and actors has been made the flag bearer. More than just escape, this issue also salutes that sunny confidence, based on that which motivates the finest creators: the endless taste for diversity.

More from Vogue Paris April 2013

Vogue Paris: Inca
By Yuka Ryou

Vogue Paris: L'Etoile de Lima
By Heather Dunhill

Vogue Paris: Miss Vogue: Aux Portes de Cuzco
By Richard James

Vogue Paris: Trésor National
By Bernie Rothschild

Review: Vogue Paris April 2013 Issue
By Heather Dunhill

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Vogue Paris editorial image © 2013 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.

dimanche
avr.072013

Vogue Paris September 2001: Couture

Vogue Paris September 2001: Couture
By Bernie Rothschild

For the September 2001 issue of Vogue Paris, Emmanuelle Alt styled the fall couture collections starring the models Anne-Catherine Lacroix and Angela Lindvall in "Couture." This was one of the first few issues of Vogue Paris under the formidable direction of Carine Roitfeld with Emmanuelle as her rédactrice en chef mode. Ms. Roitfeld's vision for the magazine was crystal. Ms. Alt also happened to style the cover as photographed by Terry Richardson where it shows Angela Lindvall posing with a baby baboon. How kinky, freaky, and chic at the same time but very chic. She wears the baby monkey boldly on one shoulder as if it is the latest accessory of the season. I wonder if this shoot crossed the mind of Carine Roitfeld when she was styling her latest contribution to Harper's Bazaar as Global Fashion Director, "The Animal Nursery," which also features adorable baby monkeys.

This editorial marks the second year of the new millennium and the photos showed how it didn't really change, that you could still wear it today. The only difference was that the houses were designed by different designers. There's the great John Galliano for Dior, Givenchy by Julien McDonald, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino by the original owners, Pierre Balmain by Oscar de la Renta, and Christian Lacroix. Only Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier remain today as the guard of the Haute Couture dressing. How nostalgic and melancholy at the same time.

The photos were somewhat an homage and inspired by the work of Helmut Newton whose association with Vogue Paris is remarkable. Couture dresses are expensive, difficult to wear, grandiose, and ladylike, but Emmanuelle Alt took it to the street with the I-don't-give-a-fuck-I-hate-too-much-effort attitude that has influenced the street-style of this internet generation. This photos is very much based on the feminine-masculine personal style of Ms. Alt and her love of Paris, smoking, and fast cars.

In the first photo, Angela Lindvall is wearing the exotic Tibetan-inspired Dior Couture by John Galliano. The Dior collection under Galliano was the must-watch show every season. His theatrical, nearly costume-like, show was worth it and beyond fabulous. The overt multi-cultural ethnic references in his designs are amazing. The simplicity of the background of the streets of Paris to keep the focus on the flamboyance of the dress was a perfect match.

The Lacroix couture dress that Angela wears reminds me of the glory days of the 18th-century when Parisian women wore couture while roaming the streets of Paris. Think of Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette. That's how couture should be, non? Next is the Atelier Versace couture dress in the sports car. As we all know, Madame Alt loves driving nice cars. The photo was very dominatrix. It looks like she is en route to a party, ready to upstage the host and steal the scene. Lastly, the Chanel couture dress was very sexy, it made her look like a chic Parisian prostitute. I find everything about French women chic and appealing even if it involves selling bodies.

The pantsuit that Anne-Catherine Lacroix wears is provocative and daring because she could be arrested anytime. As we all knew, the French government just recently lifted the ban that forbade any women in the street of Paris wearing pants. The photo was seductive and evokes the spirit of the Le smoking attitude of Saint Laurent women where she puts one hand in her pocket with a cigarette in the other.

In my great conclusion, the style of Monsieur Saint Laurent muse Betty Catroux was the main inspiration for this photo. But the marabou Valentino feather blouse and the Chanel pantsuit with the pearl necklace screams of another ultra chic and stylish muse of Saint Laurent — Loulou de la Falaise who was known for her feminine style and love of wearing flashy accessories. Remember that it was Loulou who headed the Yves Saint Laurent accessories department.

Overall, there's no real difference from the fashion 13 years ago to the fashion of this decade. Designers come and go but couture style and tradition remains. Kudos to Emmanuelle Alt and Terry Richardson for defining and starting the trend of high street couture.

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Vogue Paris editorial images © 2001 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.

samedi
avr.062013

Vogue Paris: Nouveau Genre

Vogue Paris: Nouveau Genre
By Kate Ringo Suzuki

Flash forward to the present issue of Vogue Paris, March 2013, with Emmanuelle Alt at the helm. We see clearly from the editorial styled by Géraldine Saglio titled "Nouveau Genre" (or in English, "New Style") that Alt is a “top” to Carine Roitfeld’s “bottom.” Saskia de Brauw appears in the spread once again, her image dramatically altered. This time Saskia takes the stage with tough-chic model, Casey Legler.

The lush and dreamy set has been swapped for a stark studio set cast in black and white. Let’s call the set “minimalist” and move on. Saskia and Casey are tough tomboys who boldly don sharp, all-black, architectural clothing. Any trace of curvy femininity that they may be endowed with is hidden. In its place are tattoos and edge à la the power 80s. It's as if Emmanuelle Alt is fantasizing about Watts, the blond tomboy from the 1987 movie, Some Kind of Wonderful. What if Watts had a date to the prom? What would Watts wear?

Parisian chic as interpreted by Vogue Paris has shifted from elegant eroticism to working class gender bending. Who goes home with the championship belt?

Contrast my analysis of "Nouveau Genre" with my review of Carine Roitfeld's editorial "Cœur à Corps Perdu" from the March 2011 issue of Vogue Paris.

More from Vogue Paris March 2013

Vogue Paris: Do Not Disturb
By Kamila Brudzynska

Vogue Paris: Full Contrast
By Heather Dunhill

Vogue Paris: Utopies
By Richard James

Vogue Paris Translation: Le Point De Vue De Vogue
By Kellina de Boer

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Vogue Paris editorial images © 2013 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.

vendredi
mars292013

Introducing… Yuka Ryou, Contributing Editor

I am excited to introduce a new member of the I Want To Be An Alt team… Yuka Ryou, contributing editor! Located in Tokyo, Yuka is a charming writer with an enormous passion for all things Parisienne and a particular penchant for Emmanuelle Alt. In fact, you may remember that Yuka had the good fortune to meet EA at an event in Tokyo and that she graciously shared her experience with us in her piece "My Minute With Emmanuelle Alt." I hope you will take the time to join me now in welcoming her to IWTBAA — Yuka おめでとうと歓迎 ♡ félicitations et bienvenue !

Yuka Ryou
Contributing Editor

Hello every Emmanuelle Alt fans. My name is Yuka Ryou. Do you remember this photo? If you do, I'm so glad to see you again. This commemorable photo was taken November 2011 at Tokyo. Emmanuelle Alt came to Japan to join in Vogue FNO. I've met my God of fashion. After that, I got a chance to write the miracle experience at IWTBAA. Now, editor-in-chief Kellina give big offer to me again. April is the starting season in Japan. I'm very happy to start my editor life in this spring.

I'll show you my profile!

  1. I'm a 29 year old woman living in Tokyo. But honestly, I wish I was born as Parisienne... 
  2. I love Paris. I've gone there 6 times. But I couldn't be a Parisienne still now... ☹
  3. My fashion icons are EA and her Vogue team, Kate Moss, Freja Beha, and Phoebe Philo.
  4. I also like Sofia Coppola (only her style, not including her movies), Kirsten Dunst, and Clemence Poesy. 
  5. My favorite style is not like the “Harajuku-girls.” I love simply chic style.
  6. My necessary fashion items are B.D. oxford shirts, v-neck sweater, navy pea coat, and pearl earrings. 
  7. I don't wear round toe shoes. So, I was shocked when I found EA was wearing it in this collection season. 

That's almost all about me. Yes, I'm just a geek of EA and Parisienne! I'm not an expert of the mode fashion. So, I wanna grow up through communication with you. I deeply appreciate such a great opportunity for me. Although I'm not good at speaking/writing English, I will try hard to edit interesting posts. I hope that you will be interested in my posts and giving to me your advice and frank opinion. If you enjoy my passion for Emmanuelle, I'm so happy.

I Want To Be A Good Editor for IWTBAA!

Thank you ! / Merci ! / Arigatou !

Yuka Ryou

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