Sunday, January 30, 2011

The New Queen of Paris

At a time when fashion editors become icons of the industry, it is a dynamic change when a leader steps down and a new queen of the world’s fashion capital must emerge. 

The queen of French fashion and artistic controversy, Carine Roitfeld, has moved on from her ten-year position as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris. She is known as the inventor of porno chic, which covered the pages of her Vogue career. She pushed fashion into a new arena of violence, provocation, and artistic darkness. Her influence in eye-catching and controversial ideas was also present on catwalks throughout the past decade. 

Although some questioned her work, her iconic eroticism bridged the gap between art and fashion, increasing sales by hundreds of thousands each month.  Even with her pushing of fashion boundaries, Conde Nast, the owner of Vogue, decided to keep Roitfeld’s style, due to its success.

Roitfeld is often considered the head of Royal Family of Fashion, and many have been mulling over who would become her successor and take the reigns of Vogue Paris

Emmanuelle Alt has been chosen to take Roitfeld's place as Editor-in-Chief, after being the magazine's fashion editor. She has  reputation of rock and roll chic, often seen in Balmain jackets, Marant boots, and lots of black. Her work will continue to create merge the gap between art and fashion for which Roitfeld was admired; more rock chic, less porno chic possibly.

It has been announced that Gisele Bundchen will be the first cover girl for Alt. This is quite a statement considering that Gisele is the face of Balenciaga and Roitfeld's long time battle with the label. However, this is a great start for the sales department. 

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