After French Vogue's charismatic editor-in-chief, Carine Roitfeld, announced she would step down within weeks at the end of 2009, the fashion world whirld itself into a frenzy over who would succeed her. Now, Conde Nast confirms that the new editor-in-chief will come from within the magazine's own ranks: Emmanuelle Alt, French Vogue's fashion director (shown here at right, with Roitfled and Karl Lagerfeld).
Alt was rumored to be the front-runner for the coveted position, not only because of her talent and affiliation with the magazine, but also because she -- like Roitfeld before her -- started her career as a stylist. Other possible candidates included talents like Le Figaro's Virginie Mouzat.
The appointment of Alt is a likely indication the powers that be at Conde Nast in Paris and elsewhere aren't looking for radical change at the glossy -- as opposed to more dramatic editor in chief shakeups at W and Lucky here in the States. Even president-director general of Conde Nast Xavier Romatet stressed in his announcement that the magazine was doing "very well," and that Alt represented someone who could "assure a certain continuity while bringing something new."