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Vogue Paris August 2011 | Lara Stone by Inez & Vinoodh

14 Jul

Lara Stone has landed her seventh…or is it eighth…cover for Vogue Paris. Renowned as a Carine Roitfeld favourite, Lara famously scored an entire February issue. It’s nice to know that Lara still has a place in Vogue Paris’ heart in the post-Carine era. She looks absolutely sensational in the cover image, I think this is my favourite cover from Emmanuelle Alt so far. The sexy more-is-more aesthetic and contrast between the pops of summery blue and all black outfit just create such a bold, strong look. The stockings and stilettos feel a bit more Carine than Emmanuelle though. 

Here are some of Lara’s older Vogue Paris covers. 

* Images The Fashion Spot

The return of supermodel covers – Vogue Paris

21 Apr
Opinion is divided on the subject of who should grace magazine covers – celebrities or supermodels. The celebrity-on-covers trend is attributed to La Wintour, who started putting celebrities and actresses on covers in the 90s. It does work very well as they have their own fanbase and are instantly recognisable but I much prefer seeing supermodels on covers. To me, supermodel covers are always stronger with a high impact – they know how to command the camera’s attention. Also, they are generally more neutral than celebrities, who have supporters as well as haters and have their private lives aired out in public. I think supermodels are a bit more untouchable and unattainable; isn’t that what fashion magazines are sort of supposed to be? A fantasy land where ethereal Amazonian creatures frolic in Balmain, couture and Lanvin, rather than a calculated platform for an actress to push her film while the magazine hopes for boosted circulation figures.

I’ve been quietly rooting for the widespread return of supers on covers for a while and I think the Emmanuelle Alt is on the same team – I may be a tad optimistic but her first two covers at the helm of Vogue Paris have starred two of the most successful models in the world. The April 2011 cover featured Gisele in a pretty, sheer lace D&G dress shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. I was quite surprised when I first saw this cover, I expected more rock ‘n’ roll attitude from Alt but it was a sweet cover, perfect for Spring. I don’t think many celebrities could pull off the outfit with such aplomb or create such an assertive, confident pose.

The second cover features Kate Moss shot by Mert & Marcus. Dramatically different to the previous cover, this one seems to be more Alt – strong, sexy and provocative. I think Armani Prive was an unusual choice as were the hands but as an overall image it works. Again, I think that a celebrity would struggle to draw the reader in with their expression alone. Both of these covers are creating something beautiful but slightly out of reach, which I think is what a cover should be. It should be intriguing and pull you in..something that celebrity covers just don’t do for me. 

All hail Emmanuelle Alt!

9 Jan

Following Carine Roitfeld’s shock announcement last month that she is leaving Vogue Paris after almost a decade at the helm, there has been much speculation about who will try and fill her shoes. On Friday, her successor was announced – fashion editor Emmanuelle Alt. Emmanuelle actually started at Vogue just before Carine and is credited with styling some of the magazine’s most amazing editorials. Although French Vogue has been phenomenally successful over the past decade both in terms of circulation and ad sales, I think it’s exciting that someone else is taking the helm.

As well as working at Vogue, she also freelances as a fashion stylist and previously worked for French Elle and freelanced at several other magazines. Although she earns a living styling others, like Carine, Emmanuelle has become a street style favourite. Her uniform of skin tight jeans or leather trousers, t-shirts and sculpted blazers is as iconic as Carine’s super sexy look. 

* Images TFS, Jak & Jil, Stockholm Street Style, Street peeper

Vogue Paris 2010 Calendar

1 Dec

This year’s pinup themed Paris Vogue calendar raised more than a few eyebrows. Louis Vuitton clad and Carine Roitfeld styled, the calendar was deemed super sexy. Next year’s calendar, shot by Mario Sorrenti, only features 3 models (Iselin Steiro, Natasha Poly and Raquel Zimmerman) compared to this year’s 14 but it has lost none of the sex appeal. In fact, the 2010 calendar practically makes the 2009 one look PG. This is burlesque/disco glamour at it’s very, very best.

The calendar comes as a supplement to the December/January issue of Paris Vogue, out now.

* Source TFS