UPDATE: This IS The Cool New Editor of French Vogue!

07 January 2011

* UPDATE * Vogue Paris has just announced that Emmanuelle Alt will be taking the position of EIC. Congrats!

With escalating speculation surrounding Carine Roitfeld’s replacement, all eyes are on one lady: Emmanuelle Alt. As the Fashion Director of French Vogue for over ten years, naturallement, Emmanuelle's name keeps on cropping up as the one to fill Carine’s spiky shoes. And as Grazia Daily reported, she previously worked as a contributor at Mixte as well as spending five years as editor of 20 ans, so she’s certainly an ideal choice for the job. BUT has she got the ability to be stylishly pitch perfect every single waking second of her life as is required of an EIC (that’s Editor-in-Chief, keep up!)? Why not have a gander at Emmanuelle’s ensembles and decide for yourselves...

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For starters, there’s no denying Emmanuelle’s got Parsian chic nailed. Sitting alongside Carine, it’s clear to see that not only has she perfected the FROW pose and pout, she’s adopted her BFF’s head-to-toe noir aesthetic, perilously high boots and disheveled-but-not-messy hair. Tres bien!

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But La Alt has a tougher edge to the racy-et-lacy Carine – see the Alexander Wang jacket or mannish shirt teamed with skinny jeans, which she throws on to perfect that boyish vibe. In fact, despite an extensive raid through our fashion archives, we’ve yet to find a shot of the stylist in anything other than rocker-inspired threads and skin-tight trousers. Admittedly, we weren’t expecting to come across a floral, floaty frock, and she’s sure got the mile-long legs to pull them off, but there's not even one lady-like pencil skirt in sight. So yep, this is one gal who never strays from her signature style.

As we delve deeper into her wardrobe, we’re learning that her aforementioned signature style is this: no-frills yet fierce, androgynous yet achievable, and oh-so-cool. In terms of accessorising, no mega sunnies, dainty handbags or buckets of makeup are needed; just a casual, laissez-faire attitude and a nonchalant scarf thrown about her neck.

Now and again, Em may throw in a feminine touch, like kittenish heels or a leopard print coat, to keep her look on the sexy side of scruffy. And when you’ve got the likes of Mr Lagerfeld on speed dial, a shortage of designer garb is not an issue (grr). From Balenciaga jodhpurs to Rick Owens leathers and Balmain jackets, Emmanuelle’s forte is making high-end effortless.

Finally, we give you Emmanuelle alongside fellow fashionistas Delphine Vallarino Gancia, Anna Dello Russo and Carine during Paris Fashion Week to prove, once again, that her style is much subtler than your average editor. She’s certainly not as sartorially bonkers as ADR, and she hasn’t got a ‘bobbed and barbed’ Wintour-esque air (yet), but we can already see ourselves falling in love with Emmanuelle’s edgy, tomboy looks that will no doubt catapult her to rock star status if she bags the top job.

So now we pass the debate over to you, fellow style watchers. Does Emmanuelle’s wardrobe position her as the perfect successor to The Roitfeld Years? Or do you reckon Paris Vogue needs a more wacktacular style leader at the helm? We want to hear your thoughts...

by Jessica Vince


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