14 March 2011

Emmanuelle Alt's First Cover with Gisele and What's Carine Up To Now?

The fashion week marathon may have officially ended but the news – ok, gossip – it left us with is still keeping us entertained. Now, that’s value for money! While the Galliano fiasco and the never-ending who’s-replacing-whom musical chairs are in everyone’s minds – and Twitter pages – our Two Ladies of Paris, Carine Roitfeld and Emmanuelle Alt, are what we’d like to talk about this bright spring’s morning!

Hint magazine is reporting that Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast’s International Chairman, sent a letter to designers asking that Carine Roitfeld should not be invited to the shows in order to avoid sending a confusing message and to establish Emmanuelle Alt as the magazine’s new Editor-in-Chief. All very well, albeit a tad harsh, but surely by now we all know what the situation is. Confuse us, Mr Newhouse? Try catching up with what’s happening at Dior on our a-hundred-tweets-a-second basis!

Now, Our Lady Carine would not be the shock-and-awe fierce powerhouse that we’ve come to love if she responded to the above with a mere ‘bien sûr, Monsieur Newhouse’. Her reported reply? ‘Whatever!’ The rumour-mill has it that she went ahead and arranged a series of early-morning meetings at designers' showrooms to see the collections up-close anyway. The one show she did attend in Paris was Balenciaga, remarkable following the alleged squabble that took place while she was still Editor of Vogue Paris. So, why does Carine feel she needs to stay up-to-date with the shows this way rather than just checking out the pics on her iPad from the comfort of her lovely home? Two stories are circulating; she’s either set to launch and edit a French Harper’s Bazaar or consult for a major Parisian fashion house like Dior as helmed by Ricardo Tisci or YSL with Hedi Slimane. We’re ready for your next move, Carine!

This doesn’t mean, of course, that Emmanuelle Alt has been completely overshadowed. We’ve been eagerly awaiting to see her first cover as the new Editor-in-Chief of the magazine – how sexy, how edgy, how different it’d be – and now it’s here we’re…not sure what to think. We knew that Gisele would be on the cover, as Our Lady Alt made clear a while ago, ‘for me it was just a spontaneous decision. There was no question.’ Gisele is wearing a pure-and-soft white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress and not much else - no jewellery, no accessories, not much make-up. The supermodel basically looks like photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot her while on holiday in St. Barth’s.  She looks fantastic, of course, and the sweet, natural and primarily-white cover is a fresh alternative to the harder-edged, tougher, mostly-black covers under Carine but is it what you expected and hoped for? Does it signal a clear new direction for the magazine and do you like where it’s going? And one final question; what will Emmanuelle make of the two other Vogue covers, for Spain and Germany, sporting the very same Dolce & Gabbana dress on their front covers, for February and April?


-- Kiki Georgiou


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