Vogue Paris Impulsion Fluo
In a world of opinionated fashion followers, industry professionals were prepared to see an abundance of judgement over Emmanuelle Alt‘s first few issues of Vogue Paris. Unexpectedly, the only judgement I’m sending out is positive. Look at this shoot – “Impulsion Fluo” – from their May 2011 issue. Shot by Hans Feurer, we have a barely-photoshopped Sasha Pivovarova styled in the best hues imaginable, as picked by stylist Marie Chaix. The colours are outstanding and the realness of her body – the pink skin, the (always hidden) hair on her legs – is a breath of fresh fashion air. It’s beauty. View Post

Kate Moss Vogue Paris Cover
Kate Moss has just been granted the historical honour of gracing Emmanuelle Alt‘s second cover of Vogue Paris since becoming editor-in-chief. The May 2011 cover pulls off a risky interpretation of the phrase ‘must-have item‘ by using faceless models to grab Moss from the edges. Fun fact? Princess Kate (…at least to the fashion world) was on Carine Roitfeld‘s first Vogue Paris cover ten years ago.

Gisele Vogue Paris Emmanuelle Alt
Emmanuelle Alt‘s first cover as Editor in Chief of Vogue Paris is here! For the April issue, Gisele Bündchen was shot in St. Barth’s wearing a white Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2011 dress, and was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. I love that the cover is Balmain-less, natural, and spared of accessories; it is such a departure from Alt’s ‘edgy’ reputation.

Balmain Fall Winter 2011
Balmain was – and still is – missing designer Cristophe Decarnin. Though no-one is sure how much involvement he had in the creation of their Fall/Winter 2011 collection, the brand’s decision to work with new stylist Melanie Ward (replacing Emmanuelle Alt) kept garments in line to be some of Fashion Month’s most coveted. Set in the ballroom at Le Grand Hotel, the show’s location represented a rife, ornate take on their institutional grunge elegance. I couldn’t help but feel a Jem and the Holograms – my original style fixation – homage. See the top five looks below! View Post

Balmain

Let’s get straight past the crazy: the industry is gearing up for a Lifetime movie, right? Was I unaware we were involved in some Shakespearean method acting? This has been one of the most bizarre fashion weeks to date. See below:

  • John Galliano (rightly) accepted personal responsibility for his actions.
    – Fired (replacement: Alessandra Facchinetti FTW).
    – Got kicked out of his attempt to appear at Dior.
  • Christophe Decarnin (the designer) was absent for Balmain’s A/W 2011 runway show.
    – Insiders say that he has actually been in a mental hospital since mid-January.
    – Apparently the in-house design team and stylist Melanie Ward (who replaced Emmanuelle Alt after she stepped down to focus on her new role as editor in chief of Vogue Paris) designed it all.
    Balmain say he’s been snoozing.