"A Party of Sickness and Darkness"

That's the Work—Not the Scene—at Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld's Latest Exhibition


Nicolas Pol and Carine Roitfeld   
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Fashion may run through his veins—courtesy of maman Carine—but it's art that stirs Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld. The curator/dealer presented his latest exhibition, Nicolas Pol's Sick Atavus of the New Blood, in a West Village space last night. "It's a long and lasting project that we have together," Restoin-Roitfeld said of his third exhibition with Pol. "There's a new maturity and confidence in Nicolas' work and he's ready to experiment with color now—this is the result of that."

Of his vibrant canvases, Pol said, "It's a combination of many different moods. Some are mostly dark, but there's also a lot of tender feelings, and it's like a party or celebration of sickness and darkness." Attending that night's party: Giovanna Battaglia, Mario Sorrenti, Stephen Gan, and Fabiola Beracasa, all of whom broke from examining the Pols and turned their attention to Carine Roitfeld as she entered the room.

"I am so proud to see the progression of his work over the years," she said as she gazed at her favorite piece, a canvas with a melee of earth-toned paint. "I wanted to buy this one, but it has already been sold." On her own work, Roitfeld confirmed that, as reported, she is styling for V magazine. "I'm leaving for London tomorrow to work with Stephen [Gan] and Mario [Testino] on it, actually," she told She would not reveal much more than that. "I can't tell," she said smiling, as she motioned to seal her lips.

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