A Bloody Good Time

Celebrating Carine Roitfeld and Irreverent at a Parisian Vampire's Ball


Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld, and Valentino Garavani   
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"The Satanic vomiting spread, for sure."

Rick Owens didn't have to think even for a half second before picking his favorite Roitfeldian moment. The shoot in question—starring Coco Rocha and shot by Terry Richardson—is one of many that made the cut for Carine Roitfeld's aptly titled new monograph, Irreverent.

Carine in a word, in other words. "I never tried to be irreverent. I think I was just born that way," the hostess demurred. "It's never mean-spirited. I'm a dreamer; it's just my sense of humor." She revealed that that humor will be back next fall in the form of a "very different" September issue. But in the meantime, there was a book to celebrate and an appropriately irreverent party to do it with: a bal des vampires. "Irreverence makes fashion less boring," Karl Lagerfeld quipped.

A throng of admirers came to pay their respects to their vampire queen. "It's not about what she does, it's about who she is," gushed Peter Dundas and Alexander Wang in unison. "She's the ultimate Parisienne." "I've been observing her," added Haider Ackermann. "She just moves with total freedom." They and a heavy concentration of other fashion A-listers, including Natalia Vodianova, Diane von Furstenberg, the Arnault siblings, Mario Testino, and more, turned out to fête her book at the chic-again boîte Raspoutine, a Russian cabaret with Byzantine chandeliers and bars covered in fur.

What are the lessons of an irreverent mother, we wondered? "She taught me that bad grades are bad, but otherwise she was just really open-minded," said Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. "That, and never wear a total look."

But it was Carla Sozzani who best summed up the takeaway of the evening. Surveying the heaving dance floor, she observed, "Without irreverence, there is no fashion."

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