• Tue, Jan 11 2011

Designers Say The Darndest Things: Karl Lagerfeld Steps to Emmanuelle Alt, Giambattista Stays Civil

Here we have Karl Lagerfeld flanked by Carine Roitfeld on the left, and Emmanuelle Alt–Roitfeld’s new replacement as editor-in-chief of French Vogue–on the right. Up until now I was pretty sure they hung out and had super glamorous sleepovers, opening bottles of Dom Perignon with their teeth and revealing their magnificent wings to each other but… nothing stops Karl Lagerfeld from being a defender of truth. Or, at least, his truth. He explained his feelings about Alt’s new appointment as EIC to WWD:

“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?”

Lagerfeld said he would reserve judgment until Alt has produced a few issues, and he held out hope she would bring change, the engine of fashion. “As editor in chief, she may blossom,” he said.

And with that, he unfolded his wings and returned to the skies.

…Luckily, nice guy Giambattista Valli came along and said, “She’s really somebody who’s going to make it. She has a point of view, a lot of vision. She’s French, but she’s extremely international as well[....]Alt is a contemporary Parisian woman who is interested in design. She’s more about Parisian chic, perhaps less eclectic than [Roitfeld] and all this kind of sexiness.”

Only time will tell.

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