Marie-Amélie Sauvé may have been a bit of a free agent for the past decade or so, but she's nothing if not establishment: formerly a staffer at Paris Vogue, most recently a contributor to US Vogue, the stylist also maintains a high-profile relationship with the Balenciaga house and its head designer, Nicolas Ghesquière. The exact nature of Sauvé's relationship with the French label isn't completely clear to me: she's something of a Balenciaga jack-of-all trades, serving as the designer's muse and the brand's stylist and ambassador (a magnet for street style photographers, Sauvé runs around fashion weeks decked out in head-to-toe Balenciaga).
The stylist has just signed on to be a senior fashion editor at W magazine. Sauvé's popularity in the blog world and legitimacy in the fashion industry make her a shrewd hire for the Conde glossy, but she might have to tone down her Ghesquière appreciation. There's never a bad reason to photograph Balenciaga, but Sauvé's snagged a powerful position and would get called out in a second (at least by me) if Balenciaga started to dominate the pages of W the way it now dominates the soon-to-be editor's wardrobe.
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