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CR Fashion Book: Le Frick, C'Est Chic

I had the pleasure of seeing Carine Roitfeld for the first time ever and I have decided to share the adventure with you, sparing little of the fabulous detail. My wonderful beau, Michael, and I met up with Kate Ringo Suzuki, Renee Hernandez, and Sartorial Girl for drinks during Fashion Week in New York and of course the conversation shifted to Carine Roitfeld almost immediately. I mentioned that the secret location for the CR Fashion Book launch party was the Frick, which happened to be taking place that night. After much convincing from the group, I agreed to stalk Carine which, contrary to rumor, I had never done before.

We started our stakeout with hors d’œuvres and cocktails at The Mark, the hotel where Carine was staying according to The New York Times. Although we knew she would have already departed for her party, we wanted to get into the CR groove and, well, those sliders are incroyable. As is the chic tiled foyer, je l'adore.

We then cabbed downtown to the Frick and as we alighted from our car, I was delighted to notice four Mercedes emblazoned with her signature CR — brown, white, grey, black — all idling curbside. Carine was here! And it looked as if she would make her exit shortly! We giggled excitedly, the only CR groupies in sight.

As we waited, we were treated to watching various guests examine a display copy of CR Fashion Book while sitting in the front seat of the lead Mercedes, obviously fulfilling a marketing requirement as the flashbulbs snapped. I managed to coax a huge smile from Anna Dello Russo with my excited shout, "Anna, bellissima!" as she emerged from the CR Mercedes. Andre J was another crowd pleaser.

A few minutes later, I asked Natalie Hazard (the woman in charge of the publicity vehicles) if we could look at the display copy of CR Fashion Book. She replied, "You just want to look at one?" No, of course I would prefer to buy one. She said we could buy as many as we wanted for $20 each! I ran back to the group and the $20s flew into my hand... We scored CR Fashion Book five days in advance at the launch party at the Frick, and saved on the enormous cost of postage, truly amazing.

Then came the moments we had all been waiting for... First Monsieur Christian Restoin appeared in front of me and I gasped in recognition. Carine's partner in real life! She is really here! She will likely exit from the same door! Mon dieu! My hair! Why this weather on this day?! What the Frick?!

Soon after followed Vladimir! I hope I didn't startle him too badly with my intense gaze. It was strange listening to him talk with his friends, the whole experience was entirely surreal, like the pages of style.com come to life... There's Derek Blasberg... It's Richard Chai... Lily Donaldson... Mario Sorrenti… Waris Ahluwalia… I must confess that I saw Julia only from the back, I did not recognize her in person.

Next Giovanna Battaglia danced down the stairs of the Frick, posing at the bottom as if just for me. Gio is absolutely stunning in real life, her beauty is breathtaking; I hope she did not notice my gasp. Dressed in black lace and a green headband, she seemed anxious to move on to the next party.

Finally came the pièce de résistance — Carine Roitfeld made her way to the door and stood at the top of the stairs, luminous even in the dim lighting, before descending to the sidewalk and the car awaiting her. Carine gleams in real life, as if a light shines from within, and she was kind enough to stop and pose for photographers before making her grand exit. Quelle nuit !

I was also thrilled to bump into two of the coolest men in media: Fabien Constant, the director of Mademoiselle C., the forthcoming documentary about Carine Roitfeld and the creation of CR Fashion Book; and Brent Murray, one of three photographers admitted access to the event, who kindly permitted me to publish his adorable photograph of Carine and Vladimir which leads off this story — merci mille fois, Monsieur Murray! The other images accompanying the story are mine, such as they are, given the lighting, the weather, and my enormous excitement. Thanks to all for an unforgettable evening!

Carine Roitfeld and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld photograph © 2012 Brent Murray. Carine Roitfeld et al photographs © 2012 Kellina de Boer. All Rights Reserved.


Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld's New Haircut

I was shocked to see that Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld is sporting a new shorter hairdo, quelle surprise ! He was photographed while in Brazil for a show he curated by Nicolas Pol in São Paulo. What did Vladimir most want to see during his visit to Brazil? "A football match with Neymar. But the schedule is too tight, it will be virtually impossible." What do you think of Vladi's new coiffure — oui ou non ?

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld © 29012 Grupo Glamuram. All Rights Reserved.


Catching Up With The Roitfelds

I have a hodgepodge of items related to the Roitfelds that may interest you, so permit me to fire them at you in random order…

First the fantastic psychedelic chic of the lead photograph, captured by Olivier Zahm as the Roitfeld family dined at Omen in New York.

Note that The Little Black Jacket by Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld publishes today — you have approximately five more hours in which to enter our essay contest for your chance to win a free copy of the book as well as a black IWTBAR tee.

An angelic image of Lara Stone is currently featured on CR Fashion Book, Carine gives wings to fashion yet again… Dare I say it is divine….

The date has changed for Carine Roitfeld's talk as part of the Creative Leaders program at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in New York. The event will take place on Monday, 5 November.

The Little Black Jacket photography exhibit will travel to the Saatchi Gallery in London, on display 12–29 October.

Los Angeles brand Co has released a short film titled Tependris Rising to accompany their new collection. Illustrated by Konstantin Kakanias, the short focuses on the imaginary designer Mrs. Tependris with real life fashion stars such as Carine Roitfeld seated front row. Tependris Rising is directed by The Pain.

“CBS Sunday Morning” will air a profile of Carine Roitfeld on 9 September.

Carine Roitfeld, Julia and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld photos courtesy of purple.fr and co-collections.com via youtube.com


Discovering Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld

The Italian magazine Panorama published an intriguing interview with Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld in which he candidly discusses his family, his life in New York, and his relationship with art. Grazie mille to Francesca Berti for her translation of the interview from Italian to English for more of us to enjoy.

Vladimir Roitfeld — Discovering new talent never goes out of fashion
Discover Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, 28 years old, son of Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris

He never laughs, even at the request of the photographer, but then he betrays a certain insecurity when he asks: “Did you expect a bigger office?” The office in question is that of Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, 28 years old, son of Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and queen bee of fashion, and of the creative Christian Restoin. An apartment, yes, but on the Upper East Side of New York, the city in which he has lived for four years to discover artistic talents and promote them.

In his English there is no trace of the accent of his mother tongue, French. He attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he studied film and worked for two years as an assistant producer. “But I was disappointed by that world when I understood that everything was moving just for money.” Vladimir and the Italian socialite and stylist Giovanna Battaglia as a couple represent the new generation of frequently photographed offspring (their first kiss, in 2009, made the rounds of fashion blogs around the world). Vladimir drinks American coffee without sugar in a paper cup sitting at a glass desk on which he has only a Mac laptop, a box of Kleenex, and some art magazines. When he speaks he keeps his fingers crossed, as if there he would find the concentration. And the image of being a bit cold that he wants to portray of himself is betrayed by a spontaneous kindness.

The best tip that has been given to you by your family?
Every day I hear my father on the telephone and he repeats to me as a mantra: you have to work hard to succeed.

You were born already lucky.
My father says this also: with the right friendships you may have a free pass to arrive first, but if you make a mistake you will never have a second opportunity.

Why did you choose art and not fashion?
If you grow up in a environment, in the end you know it so well that you can have two reactions: keep on living in it or take other paths. I chose the second way.

Do you get on well with your mother?
Today, yes, but it has not always been so. I was a bit rebellious, then I understood that it is important to listen to those who have more experience. Maybe we have the same character, so I speak more with my father.

The choice that changed your life?
Coming to live in New York. Here things happen that don’t happen elsewhere. In Europe, art is for an elite that does not take seriously the young art dealer, no matter the effort you make. Here, if you put it into play, you can make it. And, believe me, my family is not involved.

What do you like most about your job?
The relationship of confidence with the artist. If I believe in the project, I give my all for him. Money is the last thing.

An idealist…
No, believe me, I am practical. In London, if you enter a gallery and you have little money, they do not consider you. And they are wrong. I want to bring art to more possible houses, also to those of young people with less money but that appreciate it. If I cared only about money, I would choose other ways. But, well, you don’t know how beautiful it is to come back home at night.

Translation from Italian to English by Francesca Berti

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld photograph © 2012 Arnoldo Mondadori Editore Spa. All Rights Reserved.


The Roitfelds In Cannes 2012

amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala

For the annual Cinema Against AIDS Gala held by amfAR, Carine Roitfeld chose to wear a custom-made black halter dress, silk tank, and crystal studded earrings, all by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.

Carine Roitfeld and Kenneth Cole

Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld

Carine Roitfeld's “Perfect Black Wardrobe"

Carine Roitfeld curated the first ever Cannes fashion show as part of the amfAR Gala at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc last week. The theme was "Perfect Black Wardrobe," consisting entirely of black dresses by designers such as Tom Ford, Chanel, Balenciaga, Anthony Vaccarello, Christopher Kane, Dior, Lanvin, Alexander Wang, Roberto Cavalli, and Versace. Hosting the show were Antonio Banderas, Adrien Brody, Eva Herzigova, and Karolina Kurkova. Modeling the collection of black gowns were Ana Beatriz Barros, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Cara Delevigne, Lily Donaldson, Jourdan Dunn, Cora Emmanuel, Isabeli Fontana, Kate Upton, Edita Vilkeviciute, Lindsey Wixson, and Ming Xi. The entire wardrobe selected by Carine was auctioned for $377,000. The auction broke all former records, raising nearly $11 million to help fight AIDS.

De Grisogono Party

Carine Roitfeld wore a vintage sequin dress created by Norma Kamali in 1977 for the de Grisogono party at Cannes.

Carine Roitfeld and Fawaz Gruosi

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld at Le Baron

Carine Roitfeld photos © 2012 Condé Nast, Getty Images, Wire Image, purple.fr, bauergriffin.com, nowfashion.com

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