when carine roitfeld was editor-in-chief at vogue paris, i found myself purchasing many issues. the epic double-digit page editorials were collectors’ items, and she had a knack for mixing up photographers, stylists, and models. that was until her last year there, when the mag became stale and staid. emmanuelle alt is three issues in to her editorship, and while she has stuck to roitfeld faves raquel zimmerman, anja rubik, isabeli fontana (who is on the cover of the june/july issue), she’s cut back on the nudity and provocativity in favor of good old fashioned high fashion magazine styling.
in “downtown,” inez van lamsweerde & vinoodh matadin shoot sasha pivovarova on the streets of new york. styled by joe mckenna, the editorial is based on “on the street,” amy arbus’ photography feature from the 80s village voice. pivovarova is a dead ringer for madonna with her frosted spiked hair, oversized vintage chesterfield coat, and arms full of bracelets. it’s not the type of feature you’d expect to see in a high summer issue with all the layering, but here it feels fresh and light-hearted, like it’s one more piece away from feeling over the top (joe mckenna is an expert at this, and here he shows his genius once again.) the ed is a trip down memory lane that i don’t mind taking.
scans from valentine27 at thefashionspot