Sunday, April 22, 2012

Subtle Restraint

Paris Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt has been under the microscope since filling Carine Roitfeld's immaculately turned heels in February 2011. During Roitfeld's tenure as Editor at Paris Vogue, she earned the magazine a legion of devoted followers through her fearless conviction, sense of style and inimitable vision which often courted controversy by pushing the boundaries of good taste. When quizzed by WWD as to the intended direction for Paris Vogue under her leadership, Alt reveals "I want to show in French Vogue more and more a lot of clothes. I want the Vogue to become very feminine. Women are very interested in fashion and beauty." Speaking with vogue.com, Alt sheds her inhibitions "It is really strange, editing the magazine; it's like decorating an apartment you have lived in for ten years already, I knew what I wanted to change about it. I wanted to see things with humour, to present ideas and pictures that will make people laugh or smile. I am a happy person, and I don't think people want bad news."

Vive la Difference - Emmanuelle Alt
Photographer - Patrick Demarchelier
Source - vogue.com

Over the past year, I have noted a discernible shift, in the Paris Vogue aesthetic. The magazine has adopted a more fashion-oriented focus, with the emphasis being on beauty and clothing that is not only accessible but wearable. There is a restrained quality to the editorials which does not detract from the beauty of the garments or the models themselves. Alt continues Paris Vogue's loyalty towards its regular roster of faces with models Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen, Isabeli Fontana, Daria Werbowry and Malgosia Bela featuring prominently on the cover and within its pages. The brazen displays of nudity during the Roitfeld-era have taken on a new significance, with Alt proposing to vogue.com "It all depends on how it's done. I respect women. These girls have parents who are looking at the magazine. A nude picture shouldn't carry a message of sexual fantasy. But I love nudity. I am super French. It's the body, it's sexuality, it's part of life." The following images from the May 2012 issue illustrate beautifully, Alt's altered vision for fashion's style bible.

Laetitia Casta
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Mario Testino
Source - models.com


Malgosia Bela
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Glen Luchford
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Malgosia Bela
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Glen Luchford
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Malgosia Bela
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Glen Luchford
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Malgosia Bela
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Glen Luchford
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Malgosia Bela
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Glen Luchford
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Malgosia Bela
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Glen Luchford
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com


Isabeli Fontana
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Isabeli Fontana
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Isabeli Fontana
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Isabeli Fontana
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

Isabeli Fontana
Paris Vogue - May 2012
Photographer - Alasdair McLellan
Source - visualoptimism.blogspot.com

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