Karl Lagerfeld: Is Emmanuelle Alt Really Editor Material?
On Friday, Vogue Paris announced Emmanuelle Alt as Carine Roitfeld‘s successor for the role of editor in chief of the French glossy. After giving the fashion world a weekend to digest, WWD spoke to Paris’ most influential insiders on what they thought of the new editrix. Mario Sorrenti, Giambattista Valli, Inez van Lamsweerde, and Vinoodh Matadin all gave her two thumbs up — while Karl Lagerfeld, being deliciously candid, preferred to hedge his bet.
Sorrenti called her “one of the most talented editors.” Van Lamsweerde and Matadin said she had a “very clear vision of who the Paris Vogue woman is.” Valli declared her a “logical continuation for French Vogue.” And Lagerfeld, though he’s worked with Alt in the past, raised concerns about her signature rocker-chic aesthetic.
“Her style is her big shoulders, long legs, tight jeans, sleeves up to the elbow, one hip out,” the designer said. “I personally like her. She’s a handsome French woman. She has a style, but is it enough to make a whole magazine?”
And though Lagerfeld told WWD he would “reserve judgment until Alt has produced a few issues,” he did allow that “as editor in chief, she may blossom.”
All in, it’s not exactly the ringing endorsement one would hope to get from the Kaiser himself. That said, the French are nothing if not direct — so perhaps Alt will appreciate his honesty. We know we did.