Ode to Alt and Sorrenti
Now I know. Everytime I flick through a French CondéNast publication and gush in delight facing whether:
1) The most exceptional black and white editorial since David Bailey (only exception being Hedi)
2) The most wonderful and oh-so-covetable Balmain jacket or complete outfit
3) It-model Anna Selezneva
There is some Emmanuelle Alt or Mario Sorrenti involved. And when they work together, this is the result.
The stylist has been the fashion editor of French Vogue for many years and Carine’s right-hand collaborator. A big fan of the French effortless chic, her uniform is fitted jeans with a loose t-shirt, and recently a Balmain jacket, a trend she literally started, being a consultant for the brand.
As for Mr Sorrenti, he is an Italian photographer now living in New York, a long-time contributor for Vogue and W. His career breakthrough happened when, at the age of 21, he was commissioned to photograph the now iconic Obsession campaign for Calvin Klein, starring Kate Moss. Not bad for a start really.
I love when stylists, photographers, artists know what they want, when they have their own style and do not try to follow trends. They actually often start trends. And this is what they will be remembered for. I genuinely think the two are modern visionaries, and I am very fond of their uncluttered yet fierce style.
On the left, Mario Sorrenti did his autoportrait, styled by Mrs Alt, for Vogue Hommes International Spring-Summer 09. On the right, Anna in the fabulous androgynous editorial Brother and Sister in Vogue Paris May 09, photographed by Sorrenti & styled by Alt.