While the cover hasn't gotten the warmest reception from Fashion Spot commenters, we like the fresh, effortless simplicity and how it showcases Casta's natural beauty. Still, it's a far cry from pre-Emmanuelle Alt covers and, as one commenter pointed out, a good example of how the aesthetic of Vogue Paris is changing under Alt's direction. Case in point: on the right is how Carine Roitfeld styled Casta for the December/January 2009 issue. The two covers could not be more different--a testament to Casta's versatility as a model as well as Roitfeld and Alt's differing viewpoints as editors. But, is one "better" than the other?
Inside Emmanuelle Alt's Second Vogue Paris
Lucky for my magazine-obsessed self, Lauren toted Vogue Paris April 2011 from her honeymoon in Morocco and Spain. The issue, covered by Kate Moss, has all the traditional goodies found in Vogue Paris--Freja, Eniko, boobs, and Melanie Ward editorials--which makes it great. But as Lauren and I flipped through the issue together, we realized something just seemed off. The styling in all the editorials is excellent, though there aren't any sexy spreads à la Carine. Emmanuelle's simple, tough, tomboy aesthetic seems to be permeating all the editorials. The weirdness doesn't come from the editorials, but the blank space on almost every market and news page. Whereas Carine had her graphic design team cluttering the pages with shoes, old photos, lipsticks, and diamonds, Emanuelle has them cutting back. It's definitely clearer, but looks more like the streamlined pages of Elle and less like the flouncy, whimsical pages of Vogue Paris. Take a look inside after the jump, and let us know what you think!