Emmanuelle Alt and The Army of Lovers

August 04, 2015

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 I bet she’ll be blushing a bit when she reads it. Blush mixed with confidence is an attractive thing.


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. This is where she got me entirely. At is to be natural. Alt caught the worldwide eye when she replaced Carine Roitfeld as Vogue Paris’ editor-in-chief after being its fashion director, for over 10 years. And then the world widened its eyes.

“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 that she likes music so much to, virtually, know her and like her. She is all “that” style, but she is so much more. This is what style, precisely, is.

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, jacket, skinny pants and pointed shoes combo. Topshop black skinny jeans are the best!, says Alt. 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 thisShe 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 and I can’t wait to kiss my lover and hug my kids tonight. George Michael in the background. Mm, can’t wait. I feel like my imagination knows her.

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 (tee, blazer, jeans and pointed shoes), the world would forever be at peace.

Peace and love!

Oui, l’amour, mon amour, toujours, Paris, croissants, chocolat, merci, ma cherie. Oui, oui, oui!

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Hey, this is Cristina Pavelescu wearing a music cassette sweater, decoding (life) style and writing from wherever, yet always living in OZ, a world I invite you into. To smile in front of our screens (and live one day), put any kind of questions, answer in writing (or imagination) and marvel at fashion which is, in fact, style.


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