Julia Restoin-Roitfeld




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New York Vintage

Among her extensive hand-picked collection of fine vintage, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld prizes an exquisite black lace slip with peek-a-boo shoulders designed by the late, great Yves Saint Laurent. Julia adeptly plucked the piece from the well-curated vintage designer clothing shop, New York Vintage, located in the artsy neighborhood of Chelsea: "This Yves Saint Laurent dress is actually lingerie, which they don't make anymore now. I bought it at New York Vintage on 25th Street. I call it my Shakira dress!"

It is only fitting that the stylish Julia would shop for vintage here. New York Vintage houses a bountiful array of high end, rare, vintage clothing, whose origins span over 100 years. The store caters to fashion’s top stylists, designers, celebrities... any and all vintage fashion aficionados who seek to indulge their most wanton fashion desires.

When visiting New York Vintage, prepare to fulfill your fashion fix — all that a fashion-lover craves is organized by era, from the 19th century and beyond. Everything is in immaculate condition, so it is best to be at the ready for some steep prices.

Have a special event coming up? Do what Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, and Sarah Jessica Parker have done: Call ahead and book an appointment to peruse the 5,000 square foot rental-only archive. You can rent that Missoni knit dress at a fraction of the purchase price and be the belle of the ball. Just be ready to part ways with it once the clock strikes midnight...

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and New York Vintage photographs courtesy of talesofendearment.com and windowwatchernyc.com


L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

If you have envied the long eyelashes or the perfect eyebrows of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, we have your answer: L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara. Why does this product work so well for Julia? In her own words, "What I find is that you don’t need to go for fancy mascara — I always get the L’Oreal ones from the drugstore. I get the gold tube, Voluminous Million Lashes in black. It’s amazing; even my mom’s using it now. And the trick is, I use it on my eyebrows too, in black/brown: you just wipe off the excess before brushing it on. They sell you mascara brushes and stuff for eyebrows but you can really just use mascara." Yes, Julia uses mascara to fill in her brows! Even Carine uses it!

I had tried Julia's former favorite mascara, Chanel Inimitable, in the past and I liked it, but at $7 for L'Oreal versus $37 for Chanel, I needed to experience Voluminous Million Lashes for myself. Julia is right, the cheaper brand works every bit as well as the more expensive brand, perhaps lasting a little longer on my eyes. I even use it on my eyebrows. The strong odor of lanolin is a bit much at first, it was strange to be conscious of the scent of my eyelashes, but I have grown accustomed to it. Take Julia's advice and save money by making one product work twice as hard, and always remember to remove your mascara before bed to keep your eyelashes healthy.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld photograph courtesy of Fashion Spot. L'Oreal photograph © 2012 L'Oreal.


Yves Saint Laurent Fuchsia Lipstick

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld's favorite lipstick is no longer a bold red but a bright pink, or fuchsia, to be exact: Yves Saint Laurent Fuchsia Lipstick. This pop of color brightens the blackest of outfits, which Julia is known to wear regularly, putting the accent fully on the lips. Mademoiselle Restoin-Roitfeld explains her new love: "When I moved to New York I became much more experimental with color — now I love playing with lipsticks and eye shadows. I have a month where I’ll commit to a certain look — it is just periods and phases really. I used to wear a Chanel red all the time and I thought, ‘Everyone’s wearing red now, it’s getting a little boring’, so I switched to a YSL fuchsia. Fuchsia is my new red." Note that it is best to opt for minimal eye makeup in this beauty scenario. The hit of pink perfectly complements Julia's green eyes anyway, so no need to play them up.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld photograph courtesy of Fashion Spot. Yves Saint Laurent Fuchsia Lipstick product image courtesy of Yves Saint Laurent. All Rights Reserved.


Natalie Joos

The beautiful model and art director, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, was featured last year on a popular blog called Tales of Endearment, and like the protagonists in Rear Window, fashion afficianados around the world participated in a voyeuristic peek into her closet which houses an impressive and impeccably organized collection of vintage fashion. Julia is friends with the founder of the blog, Ms. Natalie Joos, and the two have been photographed out partying together among fashion’s in crowd.

Tales of Endearment is a blog whose draw proves that Hitchcock was right, there is a little voyeur in all of us. The blog chronicles the fashionable life of its founder, Natalie Joos, a New York-based casting director admired globally online for her personal style. Think of Tales of Endearment as an online journal of practically every girl’s dream life — jetting to Europe for Fashion Week, shopping in Milan, attending fashion shows. The blog peeps inside the closets of Joos’ fashionable and famous friends and her photographs always incorporate a vintage vibe.

We observe Joos' life and admire her style:  It is bright, pretty, quirky, and sexy. Of course it doesn’t hurt that she happens to be a leggy beauty with access to the best that fashion has to offer, but Natalie Joos is more than just another pretty face. Hailing from Belgium, she worked as a model and earned a degree in journalism before moving to New York City in 1997. With no set plan for her career, Joos started working as a personal assistant to the accomplished art, music, and fashion writer, Glenn O’Brien. Her stint with O’Brien led to an enviable position as studio manager for the renowned fashion photographer, Craig McDean.

In 2003, after six years learning the ropes in Craig McDean’s studio, and with the encouragement of Mr. McDean himself, Natalie Joos struck out on her own, opening her own casting company. She has a knack for picking the right face and has cast models in editorials for V Magazine, Purple, and Vogue Germany, in advertising campaigns such as Helmut Lang, Hugo Boss, and Rocawear, and in runway shows including Costello Tagliapietra and Cynthia Rowley. She writes for fashion magazines and of course blogs, but that is on the side. Just like the curious and mesmerized voyeurs in Rear Window, we will keep watching as long as she does....

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Natalie Joos et al photos courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency,Twitter, Facebook, Purse Forum, amtvintageblog.blogspot.com, and Fashion Spot.


La Roche-Posay Anthelios

One of the most effective anti-aging products that money can buy is not an expensive lotion or cream, but a quality sunscreen with an adequate Sun Protection Factor applied daily. Julia Restoin-Roitfeld likes La Roche-Posay Anthelios to protect her skin in the sun, "It’s a daily routine for French women of eating healthy and being very careful about going out in the sun. They work to keep up the freshness as long as possible... I don’t like the dark brown look — I used to go on holiday competing with my brother on who’s going to be the most brown by the end of the vacation... Now when I go to the beach, I put SPF 50 everywhere... I have freckles, so as long as my little freckles come out I’m happy."

La Roche-Posay Anthelios is widely recommended by dermatologists for providing advanced formulations in broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection against skin damage and premature aging. It is important to protect against the UVA rays which penetrate into the skin and contribute to wrinkles, premature aging, allergic reactions, and some types of skin cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause sunburns; La Roche-Posay Anthelios does just that. The formulation is also highly photostable as compared to other popular sunscreens and has been proven to maintain its effect up to 24 hours after application. Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid is very lightweight, safe for sensitive skin, and free of PABA, paraben, and fragrances. Follow Julia's lead this summer and enjoy the sun safely, keep up the freshness...

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld photograph © 2008 Todd Selby. All Rights Reserved. La Roche-Posay Anthelios image courtesy of amazon.com.