Marie-Amélie Sauvé: Cutting Edge Allure
By Bernie Rothschild
Marie-Amélie Sauvé is a regular fixture in the front row of all the hottest fashion shows in town. A star stylist in her own right, she also starred as a model in the advertising campaign that Carine Roitfeld styled for Barneys New York for Fall 2011.
Marie-Amélie is known in the fashion industry for her professional and personal relationship with Nicolas Ghesquière. The pair have worked together since day one, when Marie-Amélie served as the house's all around muse/stylist/fit model, trying the clothes before they hit the runway and influencing the look of the Balenciaga runway with her personal style. When every designer was being nostalgic and looking to the past for inspiration, the duo pushed the immaculate design house forward by creating its trademark futuristic glamour and experimental, cutting edge, almost impossible shapes without disrespecting the original designs of its founder, Monsieur Cristóbal Balenciaga. They redefined the meaning of "High Street" couture by influencing the style of the street with the glory of haute couture. Marie-Amélie has also helped to style fashion shows such as The Row, Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, Roberto Cavalli, and Chloé.
As for her magazine career, Marie-Amélie started at Vogue Paris as an intern at the age of 18 then climbed her way to the top of fashion ladder. In the mid/late 1990s, she worked at the trendy French teen magazine 20 Ans. Then in 2001, under the creative editorship of Carine Roitfeld, Marie-Amélie returned to Vogue Paris as a special fashion consultant/editor-at-large, together with former colleague Emmanuelle Alt. As the legend goes, the trio created memorable shots for the magazine and brought excitement, sensuality, and fantasy, breathing new life into the ailing fashion publication. From mid 2008 to 2011, Marie-Amélie worked as a contributing editor at Vogue US, collaborating with the likes of Inez and Vinoodh, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Craig McDean, and David Sims, and with Steven Meisel at Vogue Italia. We should also mention that Marie-Amélie was part of the redesign of Interview Magazine by Fabien Baron. Her editorial style is noticeably no nonsense, futuristic, intellectual, and direct with a touch of the sensual eroticism for which the French are known.
Marie-Amélie's departure from Vogue Paris two years ago was highly controversial and the rumors suggested that her firing was the reason the entire Vogue Paris team was banned from everything Balenciaga (until now). Note that when Carine left Vogue Paris, she and Nicolas put their alleged differences behind them. In the past spring 2012 fashion shows it is noticeably obvious that Marie-Amélie and Carine are attending events together and seated together again just like their old days at Vogue Paris. It was also reported that Marie-Amélie would be involved in the new magazine that La Roitfeld will launch this fall — how exciting is that? For the meantime, Marie-Amélie is newly hired at W Magazine as a senior fashion editor, bringing her edge to the trendiest clothes of the season for one of the most fashion forward magazines on the newsstand! Stay tuned for much more styling greatness from this visionary French woman.
Marie-Amélie Sauvé photographs © 2012 Condé Nast and courtesy of purple.fr, barneys.com, style.com, and Fashion Spot.