Carine Roitfeld





Mademoiselle C

Mademoiselle C (2013)
Directed by Fabien Constant

IWTB Interview:
Fabien Constant




Harper's Bazaar

carine roitfeld: irreverent


Tom Ford
By Tom Ford


Yves Saint Laurent 
By Roxanne Lowit


The Big Book of the Hamptons
By Michael Shnayerson


A Message for You
By Guy Bourdin


Dior: The Legendary Images
By Florence Muller


Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan
By Maria Agnelli


Fashionable Selby
By Todd Selby


O.Z. Diary
By Olivier Zahm 


Helmut Newton

Carine Roitfeld believes that we all dress with a fantasy in mind; hers is to look like the subject of a Helmut Newton photo — erotic, stylized, fetishistic, existing in black and white. Newton is renowned internationally for his particular style of fashion photography, helping to shape the look of Vogue Paris and Harper's Bazaar beginning in the 1960s and clearly still a major influence on today's issues. Fantastic news for those that need a primer on Newton's seminal work: Taschen is publishing a new edition of the infamous and elusive Helmut Newton: Sumo slated for release 1 September 2009. Unfortunately I do not think it comes with the chic Philippe Starck stand (pictured above).

Helmut Newton: Sumo and Philippe Starck stand image courtesy of


Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele, Self Portrait (1912)

Carine Roitfeld's favorite artist is Egon Schiele. I agree. So does Lou Doillon. If you are not familiar with his work, take the time to look at his drawings. His renderings of the human form are unmatched. He calls attention to parts of the body in ways that look unnatural. In fact, they are much more natural than the measured poses of most artists' figures. I own two books of Schiele's masterpieces and I heartily recommend both. Egon Schiele: Drawings and Watercolors by Jane Kallir is in hard cover and a little more expensive but worth it—a quality printing and very comprehensive. It's tough to lie abed with it though and since that's my favorite way to spend time with any artist I am getting to know, I needed a soft cover as well: Egon Schiele 1890-1918 by Reinhard Steiner.

Source: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.


Egon Schiele [DRAFT]

This is special. I was considering Carine's likes while trying to decide what to post and I remembered that Egon Schiele is her favorite artist. This is easy to remember because I love him as does Lou Doillon. But I wanted to know how I knew that. My search pulled up the first article that I ever read about Carine, the first photo I am conscious of seeing of Carine, shivers, does anyone hear the sound of pixie dust dropping?! Though it's more like an avalanche of bondage shoes and girls brandishing knives while dressed chicer then chic. Ooo pass my smelling salts, there's a good lad.

So clearly you'll want to know that the first article, as it shall henceforth be known, was "If looks could kill" by Sabine Durrant. Yes, she who wears black and fur contradicts herself a bit in this piece, but again with the subtle counterculture at which Carine excels:

Today she is wearing an off-one-shoulder off-white Prada dress. [1] It is startlingly 'evening' for an 11 a.m. appointment and when she gesticulates — which she does a lot — you expect a nipple to appear on the low-cut side (though it never quite does). The big brown chunky high shoes — 'I steal them,' [2] she says grandly [3] — are from the next Yves Saint Laurent collection. [4]

Round her neck is an unobtrusive cross ('I am not religious, I just like it') [5] and the 'strings', she tells me, have been replaced by Calvin Klein 'little shorts — feminine, very low'. Her pants are the only things she has on that she has paid for. 'Maybe if you write it, they send me some,' she says in her sweet, French-accented voice. 'You never know. My size is small.' [6]

Let's count the sins Carine commits here:

[1] Nudity at work

[2] Theft, greed, whatev

[3] Pride

[4] Immortality

[5] Sacrilege

[6] Shamelessness

Six in just two quick paras!! I was instantly smitten. Here was the role model to take me into the next decade and beyond — Carine Roitfeld. Disarmingly frank, funny, French, what was I to do? So, in closing, the Egon Schiele reference turned out to be in a different article altogether and we'll get to that another day.


Vogue Paris

Yes, clearly Vogue Paris is on the list of things near and dear to Carine Roitfeld's heart. But what about you? When's the last time you had the sheer pleasure of flicking through these glossy pages letting your eyes wander over the fantastic images? Perhaps you consider an issue too expensive when contrasted with its more local competitors. More likely, due to the limited copies distributed via retail abroad, you simply can't find it at your leisure. Do yourself a favor, subscribe and look forward to this treat regularly. Whether you are missing out on Carine's chef d'oeuvre due to the price or the availability, solve both problems with a subscription to Vogue Paris.

Vogue Paris May 2009 issue cover image © 2009 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.


Opium Body Lotion by Yves Saint Laurent

Carine Roitfeld's favorite way to scent is to rub herself from head to toe with the body lotion Opium by Yves Saint Laurent for Women, she has worn it for years. The exotic fragrance blends florals, mandarin, and coriander to evoke a rich essence, foreign yet familiar that is irresistible. I get compliments every time that I wear this, the warmth of this seductive scent is spicy but subtle. J'adore. For more of Carine's best loved scents, read about her obsession with the Diptyque Tubereuse Candle.

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