Mother of two teenagers, wife of Isabel Marant’s artistic director, Franck Durand, and daughter of one of Lanvin’s top models from the 1960s, Emmanuelle Alt is no stranger to the world of fashion and good taste. A striking contrast to her famous U.S. counterpart Anna Wintour, Alt has been editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris since February 2011. Deconstructing Alt’s style, one often finds her dressed in statement jackets, skinny jeans, and statuesque heels. Deliberately avoiding dresses and skirts, her simple yet refreshing rotation of outfits revolve around three primary themes:
One of the more effective ways to pull an outfit together is through a bold, structured jacket. Well-versed in the concept of shaping her silhouette by emphasizing the outline, Alt often chooses to lead her outfit with a military inspired jacket. Through bronze buttons, subtle accents, and tailored fit, military jackets flatter almost everyone. Time and again, this grab-and-go wardrobe staple results in an effortlessly chic outfits through its effortlessly transformative nature.
A self-proclaimed tomboy, Alt admits to wearing skirts in the past. However, her realization that she “was always looking for simplicity” changed her attitude about getting dressed. Says Alt, “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." Just like her choice of outwear, Alt’s other go-to garments consist of casual smart pieces that are nonetheless striking. A leather jacket or pants or a one-piece jumpsuit create casual smart looks that are functional without forgoing the cool factor.
Forget trendy designer labels. Jeans, a sweater or a t-shirt worn under a jacket that seems welded to you. When it’s just right, when you don’t see the effort, it’s irresistible.
For an off-duty yet still sleek look, Alt opts for button-downs or simple t-shirts with slim jeans in an array of styles. Be it cropped, cuffed, or flared, white, blue, or black, she knows she can always count on a good pair of well-fitted jeans. Stepping into sleek pumps, sexy sandals, or ankle boots, Alt adds some edginess to complete the look.