She says she doesn’t want to become an image and, yet, her signature look is one of the most recognisable (often imitated, never duplicated), not to say COOL in the world. Emmanuelle Alt is the definition of cool and the fact that I say it now is probably not so cool in her eyes.
“First, I think a good attitude for a woman is to be confident, and to be confident is to be natural. I don’t want to be an image.”, via vogue.com. And this is where she got me. At “is to be natural”. Alt caught the worldwide eye when she replaced Carine Roitfeld as Vogue Paris’ editor-in-chief after being fashion director for over 10 years. And then the world widened its eyes. Yes, I am emphasising here.
“Hm!”, I thought to myself then.
“Wow!”, I say to myself now.
It took me a few interviews (“I don’t want to open my mouth every 10 minutes, you know? It’s just not me. I’m not shy but I’m not pushing myself forward.”, telegraph.co.uk), a look at her smile and the fact she likes music so much to virtually know her and like her. She is all “that” style, but she is so much more!
“I love to dance, I love to sing,” she says, and while she demurs at the thought of ever wanting to get up onstage, she’s not averse to a more select audience. “After a shoot, I like to do karaoke. David [Sims, the photographer] likes it, too. And Kate [Moss]. In the studio, when you’ve been working hard all day, it’s such good energy to just play around.” Via vogue.com
Her style, her “the-whole-planet-knows-about style”, is all about the tee, the jacket, skinny pants and pointed shoes combo. “Topshop black skinny jeans are the best!”, Alt says. No muss, no fuss. As for the shoes… Saint Laurent!
“Because the heel is perfect. I mean, this” – she proffers the dinky heel of the black ankle-strapped shoe – “it’s like walking on flat shoes, which is a gift. I don’t want to suffer in my clothes. I don’t think it’s sexy or attractive someone walking like this…” She mimes a totter.” Via telegraph.co.uk.
Well, good luck with that, girls. And boys. Wink.
She doesn’t feel the need to pull out all that circus, but, boy, does she know nonchalant or what?
She is the definition of nonchalant! She invented the word! Inside out nonchalant. Charmant. It’s like “Look at me or don’t. I’m doing my thing. I love what I do. I feel what I do. I’m having fun. Can’t wait to kiss my lover and hug my kids tonight. George Michael in the background. Mm, can’t wait. 🙂 🙂 :)”, while walking through the cameras on Rue des Tuilliers. Oh, and this is the first time I am using “:)”. Yep.
This is how Alt relaunched the Vogue website.
Never try-hard, always fun!
“I don’t look after myself. I don’t do yoga, Pilates, those things. I hate physical effort, I don’t run anywhere, but I am super-energetic. Make-up? I just black my eyes and that’s it. My hair? I get it cut on set (fashion shoots), I never go to a hairdresser. I’m not sure I’m French. You think I’m not smart enough?”. Via telegraph.co.uk.
I want to go to Paris. Today.
“I don’t get blasé easily. Also I feel very lucky. When you’re in good health you can deal with the rest. I appreciate the simplicity of how life is beautiful. No,” she considers, “I don’t get my happiness from collecting shoes.” Via telegraph.co.uk.
If the whole planet would wear the Alt uniform – you know the drill: tee, blazer, jeans and pointed shoes – the world would be forever at peace.
Now you know!
Peace and love!
Oui, l’amour, mon amour, toujours, Paris, croissant, chocolat, merci, ma cherie. Oui, oui, oui!
Written by Cristina Pavelescu