Julia Restoin-Roitfeld




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Sensual Jil By Jil Sander

Remember the sexy campaign that Julia Restoin-Roitfeld fronted for Jil by Jil Sander? Exciting news, the company plans to release a new fragrance called Sensual Jil in November and Julia stars in this campaign as well. Created by renowned perfumer Olivier Polge of International Flavors & Fragrances, the scent includes notes of blackberry, orange blossom, patchouli, and vanilla and is described as modern, mysterious, seductive, hypnotic, sensual. Simple yet sophisticated, the flacon is crafted of dark blue glass in the same shape as its sister perfume, Jil, with the logo inscribed in pink. For their campaign, Jil Sander sought to portray a woman who is very feminine and sensual while at the same time moderate and natural; I think they struck just the right vibe in choosing Julia.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld in Jil Sander's "Sensual Jil" campaign © 2010 Coty. All Rights Reserved.

Mark Fast

Though Mark Fast may have been beaten out for the ANDAM Fashion Award this year by Hakaan Yildirim, the form-fitting knitwear that he designs is fast becoming a favorite of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. She chose to wear one of his memorable dresses for the British Fashion Awards this past December, no small compliment. Fast grew up in Canada outside of Winnipeg then moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins. He describes himself as obsessed with texture and his distinctive work constantly explores the connection between the garment and the human body. Fast's designs take shape on a domestic knitting machine, forming to the figure stitch by stitch. The innovative methods he has devised for stitching work to create areas of tension and volume across the body thereby enhancing most figures. To sculpt his knits, Fast prefers angora, wool, and lycra blended with viscose, the latter of which he is particularly fond. Note that Julia is not just wearing Fast's gorgeous creations — the designer selected her to create the lookbook for his new Faster collection as well.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Robert Konjic, Mark Fast photographs courtesy of Beauty Confessional, brownsfashion.com, Condé Nast, and style.com


Agent Provocateur

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld is pictured here enjoying summer in her favorite bikini from Agent Provocateur. The red and white checked gingham accents make this two piece bathing suit innocent and adorable, perfectly suited to Julia. The gold pendant that she is wearing is designed by her close friend Pamela Love. She looks so spunky here and ready to dance, perhaps Julia is listening to her favorite "Summer Mix Tape"...

Agent Provocateur is based in the United Kingdom and its sexy boutiques span cities across the world: Paris, London, New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Vienna, Berlin, and more. The first Agent Provocateur store opened in London's Soho district in 1994. If you have not had the pleasure of visiting yet, I suggest you stop into your nearest Agent Provocateur to look around at your next opportunity. If fitting, take the time to be measured for a bra... you may be pleasantly surprised with your results.

Note that the fitting does not actually involve snakes or knives, I am just smitten with this photo. As we would expect, Agent Provocateur also wields a very sexy ad campaign. I wonder if the AP creative team is aware that Mademoiselle Restoin-Roitfeld models and art directs, I can sense a real synergy there...

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld photograph © 2010 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.
Agent Provocateur campaign image © 2010 Agent Provocateur. All Rights Reserved.



When in Ibiza on holiday, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld always takes time to stop at Ganesha, a vintage shop owned by Vicente Hernández that is filled with treasures rumored to rival those in Aladdin's cave. Reportedly "a kind hearted grey whiskered character [with] more than an eye when it comes to shapely figures and bright Latin color," Hernández travels to South America regularly to find new merchandise for the shop making it the hot spot in Ibiza to discover funky vintage jewelry, sunglasses, bags, clothing, furniture, and more. Located at Calle Guillem de Montgri 14 in Ibiza Town, this magical little boutique consistently attracts famous visitors such as Kate Moss, Jade Jagger, and Elle Macpherson. Note as well that Ganesha is esteemed as Ibiza Town's oldest shop, a tribute to Vicente's eye for goodness. 

What are a few of Julia's favorite finds at Ganesha? She is wearing two of her treasures in the photographs seen here. While shopping at Ganesha in the summer of 2008, Julia scored the romantic white dress she wears above, the perfect lightweight accompaniment to the season. Another stroke of luck while shopping at Vicente's place — the gorgeous sequined dress we see to the right, a sparkling relic from the days of cabaret. Mademoiselle Restoin-Roitfeld remarks, "I bought this cabaret dress... in Ibiza in the summer of 2006. I saw it in the window, tried it on and it fit me perfectly! It was meant to be. I've only worn it once and it was photographed a lot. It's one of those pieces I can wear at home, for my own pleasure, or I could just frame and hang on the wall." Spoken like a true Roitfeld...

Photograph of Ganesha by Vicente Hernández © 2008 8020 Media Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Photograph of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld in vintage cabaret dress courtesy of style.com 
Photograph of Julia Restoin-Roitfeld in vintage white dress © 2010 Natalie Joos. All Rights Reserved.


Borage Oil

When asked the secret to her gorgeous tresses, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld confided that she rubs borage oil into her hair to nourish it and also takes the oil internally in capsule form by Solaire. As Julia says, "My own trick is to protect it with some borage oil. It is the best nourishing oil. I also take borage as pills in the morning and put some on my skin after being exposed under the sun." If you heed only one piece of advice from my site make it this one: begin using borage oil today and you will look and feel better inside and out.

The oil is pressed from the borage, or starflower, a delicate blue flower native to the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia, Africa, and South America. Not only will your hair shine as a result: borage is the plant with the highest concentration of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), the only omega-6 fatty acid known to stop the growth and metastasis of tumors. Borage has also been proven to metabolize bad fat, reduce inflammation, ease cramping and mood swings associated with PMS, promote healthy circulation, and even help with impotence. Borage — the wonder oil!

Please note that unusually high levels of borage oil taken internally may be toxic and can be especially dangerous if you have existing liver problems. I have been taking ¼ teaspoon of Borage Liquid Gold daily for two weeks and also rubbing it into the ends of my hair from time to time and I have noticed a definite improvement in the texture of my hair and skin. Try it and let me know what you think...

Borage oil image courtesy of newdirectionsaromatics.com.
Julia Restoin-Roitfeld photograph courtesy of fashionista.com.

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