Karl Lagerfeld thinks Emmanuelle Alt will blossom in her new role at French Vogue.

The CHANEL designer says he is a fan of the 41-year-old - who was recently named as the publication's new editor-in-chief - and thinks she has what it takes to be Carine's Roitfeld's replacement.

He said: "Her style is her big shoulders, long legs, tight jeans, sleeves up to the Elbow, one hip out. I personally like her. She's a handsome French woman. She has a style, but is it enough to make a whole magazine? As editor-in-chief, she may blossom."

Emmanuelle has previously said it is an "honour" to be named as the new editor-in-chief of the magazine and can't wait to get to work.

She said: "It is a great honour for me, and also a great pleasure, to arrive at the head of Vogue Paris which I know so well. By working with such a talented team, I am confident of developing the incredible potential of the magazine."

Emmanuelle - who will begin her new role on February 1 - worked at the publication as fashion director during Carine's editorship. She began her career in 1990 at Elle, becoming fashion director at age 20.

Last month, Carine announced her departure after 10 years in the role saying she wanted to focus on personal projects.