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Carine Roitfeld: Agent Provocateuse

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Today we published a preview of Carine Roitfeld’s new book Irreverent, which Rizzoli is releasing in mid-October. Roitfeld watchers will recall many of the images we’ve posted. There’s Carine as arch provocateur, staging a portrait of the luminous Eniko Mihalik with an octogenarian’s hands, and another with a nude model sipping from an enormous bottle of Chanel eau de cologne. And then there’s Carine in career-maker mode. We’ve included her first shoots with Crystal Renn and Lara Stone, both of whom owe no small part of their fame to the visionary editor in chief of Paris Vogue. “I love how she’s almost naked here,” Roitfeld says of the Terry Richardson-lensed shot of Stone. “It seems like a good beginning.”

To my eyes, the most striking shots depict Roitfeld combining both instincts. I’m talking about Eva Herzigova playing a butcher for a Mario Testino portfolio in The Face circa 1997. Nothing says man-eater quite like a gorgeous blonde with a bloody pile of gnawed bones in her lap. Roitfeld has included a thank-you note from the model alongside the spread. “The ‘Butcher’ story we did gave me the chance to be seen and understood as a model with a much vaster potential…” writes Herzigova. “I had this pin-up label attached to me for so long that it seemed impossible to shed it. Thanks to your and Mario’s imagination you helped me to be liberated from this.”

Which images resonate with you? Let us know below.


Photos: Terry Richardson / Paris Vogue / November 2006 / Courtesy of Rizzoli (Lara Stone); Mario Testino / The Face / 1997 / Courtesy of Rizzoli (Eva Herzigova)

Welcome Back, Zac

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After taking his show on the road to Paris the past two seasons, Zac Posen is bringing it all back home to New York. He’ll present his mainline collection at Lincoln Center on September 11, and last night, he cut the ribbon on his first-ever retail store, for the Z Spoke diffusion line, in the Meatpacking District.

Measuring just 725 square feet, the space didn’t take long to fill up with a coterie of Posen muses like Coco Rocha, Crystal Renn, and Anna and Pat Cleveland. Despite its compact size, the store manages to pack in the entire Z Spoke spread, including Illesteva shades and bags that look way more expensive than their under-$700 price tags. Posen brought in storied book collector Michael Gallagher to add a few rare fashion reads to the boutique’s shelves, like Cecil Beaton’s Memoirs of the 40′s and Isabella Rossellini’s Some of Me. “I collect old issues of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and grew up haunting his store,” the designer told Style.com. Now that he’s set up his own shop, Posen can focus on putting the final touches on his namesake collection for its reintroduction to the bedlam that is NYFW. “I’m incredibly thrilled to be back,” he said. “I’m excited to appeal to the fantasy side of the American woman again.”

Z Spoke by Zac Posen, 875 Washington St., NYC. For more information, visit www.zspoke.us.

Photo: Courtesy of BFAnyc.com

Game Face

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The gridiron faceoff was fierce yesterday for Super Bowl Sunday, but so was the catwalk competition at ACW Worldwide’s model call for the casting agency’s Fall 2011 New York shows. The lithe and the leggy arrived to try for a spot on the New York runways (ACW casts Thakoon, Y-3, and Jen Kao, among others), and even past success is no guarantee of a good placement. “I was very lucky,” said Kat Hessen (above left), who had a knockout debut Spring 2011 season walking Alexander Wang, Rodarte, Prada, and Miu Miu. “But the second season, you never know. You no longer have novelty on your side. It’s almost like you have to prove yourself.”

“There’s so many new stunning girls each season, but you want somebody that’s not a robot,” explained agency founder Andrew Weir of the process. (Those who want to go deeper into the casting world can also check out his newly launched blog, Weirdiary.com.) “They mostly start so young; many of them have nothing to say yet. But sometimes you’ll meet a young girl who has this amazing style at an early age.” Iris Egbers (Supreme) and Alex Yuryeva (Silent) were two newbies that caught his eye.

There were, of course, catwalk veterans like Rose Cordero (above right), Jourdan Dunn, Eugenia Mandzhieva (above center), and Sophie Srej, too. It was also nice to see a concerted push toward more diversity in the field. Compared to years past, there was a noticeable uptick in young Asian and black models (Li Ming and Melodie Monrose stood out). “That is something that is really exciting,” Cordero enthused. “There used to be certain clients who never hired black models. But ever since Italian Vogue started casting us, it’s been amazing. It really started with that.”

For all the exotic names and new faces, there was only one that created something of a frenzy. Crystal Renn, with her notorious curves (or purported lack thereof), had the casting practically at a standstill. The Ford model, who was game even for an impromptu photo shoot with the press, stopped to chat. “In modeling, there’s not much freedom,” Renn said of her not plus-size but not stick-thin frame. “If you started with a size 35 hip, you’re expected to stay that way. I made a decision in my career to let my body be where it wants to be. I know they say that this industry is all about looks, but the key thing is what I have on the inside. It’s what sets me apart.”

Photos: Gregory Harris/Courtesy of the Gap (Hessen); Kim Weston Arnold (Mandzhieva); Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com (Cordero)

Crystal’s New Campaign, The Nutty Dressers Get Together, Kimmel Calls On Condo, And More…

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Crystal Renn’s latest coup revealed: the holy grail of campaigns, Chanel (above). Karl Lagerfeld shot Renn and Baptiste Giabiconi in Paris for the new ads. [Fashionista]

Lynn Yaeger convenes the “nutty-dressers’ convention” at the Carlyle Hotel, inviting New York’s chicest ladies-of-a-certain-age (including the legendary Iris Barrel Apfel) for a talk about their wild, Comme des Garçons-stuffed closets. What do you do, Yaeger wonders, when you need to dress for a business meeting or a funeral? Apfel’s response: “Who would want to dress for that? Those are life’s dreadful experiences!” [The Moment]

Speaking of Comme des Garçons, Adam Kimmel worked with the label on a series of limited-edition tees, to be sold at CdG, Isetan, and Dover Street Market. An illustration by George Condo—who created the awesome, creepy masks for the designer’s Fall ’10 show—features a stylish old gent, Uncle Harry, kitted out in Kimmel. [Hint Mag]

Don’t stop the presses: Britain’s least-reputable tabloid claims Kate Moss and Jamie Hince got married. [Fashionologie]

And don’t stop the bookbinders, either: Tinsley Mortimer—whose High Society reality show will not be returning—is apparently penning a novel. [Page Six]

Photo: Karl Lagerfeld/Courtesy of Chanel

Crystal, Clearly; Parker’s House; And More…

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Yesterday we wondered, today we know. Sarah Jessica Parker has taken on a design role (and, it’s rumored, an executive one) at Halston, where she’ll be working on the secondary Halston Heritage collection. Love or hate the lady, we’re just glad she won’t be displacing Marios Schwab on the main line. [WWD]

The Times becomes the latest outlet to weigh in on plus-size models, sitting down with size-12 superstar Crystal Renn for a chat. “Because I am a plus-size model, [photographers] like to make an example,” she said. “They see a roll, and they say, ‘Ooh, a roll!’ And they focus on it.” Keep it klassy, fashion world. [NYT]

The Journal, meanwhile, capitalizes on the recent vintage-auction trend by checking in with a former communications exec who’s making a life change—and selling her entire wardrobe on eBay. [WSJ]

Today in new directions, part 1: Maria Sharapova for Tag Heuer. The glasses are OK—but can they help you nab your own Enrique? [FWD]

Today in new directions, part 2: Acne furniture by label creative director Jonny Johansson. And, no, they’re not stonewashed. [Grazia]

Photo: Terry Richardson/Courtesy of V