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Vogue Paris February 2003: Gang Lang

Imagine skimming the pages of the February 2003 issue of Vogue Paris and spying Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld winking at you from behind a pirate's eye patch.... Vlad appears in the issue as part of a black-and-white spread titled "Gang Lang." Styled by Olivier Lalanne and shot by Antony Ward, the editorial focuses on Helmut Lang's Spring/Summer 2003 collection along with an interview by the designer.

I am intrigued by the choice of models for "Gang Lang." The lineup begins with Claire Dhelens, an editor for Vogue Paris. Next is model Natalie followed by Peter Kruder, the DJ for Helmut Lang's shows during this period. Beside him is Jerry Gorovoy, assistant to the artist Louise Bourgeois. Turning the page we see artist Jenny Holzer, model Amanda Moore, student Vladimir Restoin (he was 18 years old at the time) and models Jake Boyle and Stella Tennant. Posed on the page opposite them are model Anne V., ex-model Cordula, and her son and student, Ben.

My favorite passage from the interview: "A la sortie de son dernier défilé présenté à Paris, une journaliste notait qu'une femme qui porte du Helmut Lang a l'air intelligente. «J'essaie de ne pas leur donner l'air stupides» commente Helmut Lang," or in English, "At the end of his last show presented in Paris, a journalist noted that a woman who wears Helmut Lang has an intelligent air. 'I try not to give them a stupid air,' said Helmut Lang."

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Vogue Paris editorial images © 2003 Condé Nast.


Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld: Merci Mercy

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Gilbert & George, "Lover" (2011)

I so admire the decisions that Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld has made as he grows his art dealership, most recently partnering with Christine Messineo, director of the Bortolami Gallery in New York, to curate a show uniting 35 artists entitled Merci Mercy. Taking its name from a work by Louise Bourgeois, Vladimir's latest ambitious project aims to examine language and text in contemporary works of art by Darren Almond, Dirk Bell, Mark Bradford, Mel Bochner, Louise Bourgeois, Sophie Calle, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Peter Davies, Sam Durant, Tracey Emin, Nikolas Gambaroff, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Jenny Holzer, Rashid Johnson, Scott King, Christopher Knowles, Michael Krebber, Sean Landers, Jason Loebs, Charles Mayton, Harland Miller, Philippe Parreno, Jack Pierson, Ry Rocklen, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Ben Schumacher, Gary Simmons, Lucien Smith, Dash Snow, Kon Trubkovich, and Aaron Young. Vladimir explains how the idea for the show germinated: “I was looking for a new concept to develop and discovered that many of the artists I like use text in a systematic way. It was a good opportunity to bridge the artists I love with those I’m less familiar with and contextualize them in a way that made sense.” Merci Mercy is open to the public through 17 February at 980 Madison Avenue.

Louise Bourgeois, "Merci, Mercy" (1999)

Aaron Young, "Untitled (breaking the law)" (2008)

Lucien Smith, "Untitled (Tumbleweed)" (2013)

Jack Pierson, “Abstract # 10” (2008)

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Roitfeld Style Tip: A Perfect Fit

While we recognize that Carine Roitfeld practices the art of imperfection, we must note one area of her life in which she refuses to waver from perfection — the fit of her clothing. Every garment that Carine wears is tailored to fit her body precisely and this attention to detail is one major factor in her ever so chic style. She explains her quest for sartorial perfection thusly: "I don't like the word comfort. Me, I like to be fitted. I like to fill my body into clothes. I don't like it when it looks a bit squishy. I never like it… It is my biggest fantasy to have everything fit perfectly. In fact I give everything an alteration. I have made my jeans shorter, all my skirts the right length and anything else that doesn’t fit — I fix… Everything I have I take to be altered because nothing is perfect or exactly the right length… My shop to touch up garments, Styl'up. I bring them all my clothing so that they fit perfectly!" Interestingly, the proclivity for the perfect fit is hereditary as The New York Times observed: "On a recent morning, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld — tall, dark and 27, impeccably dressed in jeans and a perfectly tailored tweed jacket…"

If you want to dress like a Roitfeld, strive for sartorial perfection: 

  • Abandon the notion of comfort; squishy is out.
  • Find a quality tailor that you trust.
  • Know your measurements.
  • Settle for nothing less than a perfect fit in every piece you wear.

Carine Roitfeld photographs © 2012 Condé Nast and courtesy of Fashion Spot, maydele.blogspot.com, and altamiranyc.blogspot.com.


Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld: Hue + Cry

The Roitfelds hosted amazing parties on two continents this week, first with Carine's Black Tie, Smoky Eye celebration to close Paris Fashion Week and then continuing on Manhattan's Upper East Side with Vladimir's Hue + Cry opening at Sotheby's. Clearly stamina is required if you want to be a Roitfeld...

Hue + Cry, A Selling Exhibition Curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld features 30 works by 20 artists, largely unknown, at private-treaty prices that range from $10,000 to upwards of $1,000,000. When asked why he chose the title Hue + Cry, Vladimir replied: “It’s all about powerful brush strokes and distinctive works and looking at them can have a very strong emotional reaction. Many many years ago you could ‘hue’ of joy, and you can also cry of joy. It’s about playing with the terms. When you’re looking at it, it’s so beautiful that you can hue or you can cry.” The artists for sale, should you hue, are Allora & Calzadilla, Ali Banisadr, Kadar Brock, Cecily Brown, Francesca DiMattio, Rob Fischer, Michel Francois, Daniel Hesidence, Jacqueline Humphries, Rosy Keyser, Robert Melee, Jin Meyerson, Joan Mitchell, Albert Oehlen, Angel Otero, Nicolas Pol, Ugo Rondinone, Jackie Saccoccio, and Wendy White. The exhibit is open to the public through 21 October.

Elaborating on the concept behind Hue + Cry and how it developed, Roitfeld shared: "The original idea of this show was to do a whole female artist exhibit, with Joan Mitchell, Cecily Brown, Jacqueline Humphries, Rosy Keyser, Francesca DiMattio, and to show a relationship between the different generations, connecting the dots. The fact that the show was all female artists became the main focus and so we decided to incorporate male artists to the list… In a networked age of following and sharing — of 'pinning,' 'tweeting,' and 'liking' virtual images of fleeting consequence — Hue + Cry strives to lead with the first embodied principles of painting and sculpture. Always physical and tactile, the tools remain simple, the colors a vivid spectrum, and the results infinitely variable as each of the twenty artists gathered here strives to ignite their own interior light… It’s good; it’s good to do a little bit of everything, you know? Working with such an important institution for me is a huge opportunity.”

On hand to support Vladimir and the event were his parents, Christian Restoin and Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy, girlfriend Giovanna Battaglia in Dolce & Gabbana with a collar necklace by Marni, Stavros Niarchos, Jessica Hart, Stephen Gan, Sante D’Orazio, Vito Schnabel, Michael Avedon, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Andrew Kreps, Leo Koenig, Augusto Arbizo, Maayan Zilberman, Stacey Bendet, Aby Rosen, and Kim Heirston. Guests enjoyed passed pigs in a blanket and sauvignon blanc as well as an open bar while viewing the work. The art obviously had his mother and girlfriend huing of joy, Carine gushed: "The show really looks like him, doesn’t it?" and Giovanna observed with pride: “This is such a prestigious location. Every time Vlad does something, it’s different and a step ahead.” The evening ended with a private dinner for guests at Casa Lever.

If you are in the market for contemporary art, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld is obviously the man to call. Thanks to GalleristNY, here is a sample of the art for sale via Sotheby's:

Nicolas Pol
"Charogne Mountain"
Oil on canvas

Albert Oehlen
Acrylic and oil on canvas

Rob Fischer
"Bird in Space (All of a Twist)"
Polished aluminum airplane propeller and granite pedestal

Angel Otero
"Victory (SK-HF) (Poussin Series)"
Oil and oil paint skins collaged on canvas

Francesca DiMattio
China paint and underglaze on porcelain

Ali Banisadr
Oil on linen

Allora & Calzadilla
"Solar Catastrophe"
Broken solar panel fragments, collage on linen and solid-faced aluminum stretcher

View the entire catalog for Hue + Cry, A Selling Exhibition Curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld et al photographs © 2012 Condé Nast and courtesy of galleristyny.com.


The Roitfelds At New York Fashion Week

Carine Roitfeld, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld at New York Fashion Week photographs courtesy of Condé Nast, Getty Images, bfanyc.com, patrickmcmullan.com, tumblr, hauteliving.com, purple.fr, weartrends.com, examiner.com, gotham-magazine.com, wwd.com, kansascity.com, paulwilmotcommunications.tumblr.com, Steve Eichner, net-a-porter.nowmanifest.com.

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