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April 20 2014

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And Now, Karl Lagerfeld Pushing A Baby Stroller

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On a list of things that seemingly do not go together, Karl Lagerfeld and infants would rank pretty high. And yet this footage of the famously stone-faced “Uncle Karl” pushing Romy—Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s daughter—around in a stroller might just be one of the best things we’ve ever seen. Pulled from Fabien Constant’s forthcoming Carine Roitfeld documentary, Mademoiselle C, the clip shows the Kaiser taking a quick spin and weighing in on breast-feeding.

In honor of Karl’s 80th birthday, we’re bringing you the video’s exclusive debut. For more candid moments from fashion heavyweights, catch Mademoiselle C when it hits theaters on September 11.

Carine Roitfeld Opens the Book

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Carine Roitfeld

If Carine Roitfeld has proven anything in her three decades in the fashion game, it’s that she’s a master of reinvention—of both herself and others. All one needs to do is look at her latest CR Fashion Book cover—which features reality-TV-star-turned-quasi-fashion-world fascination Kim Kardashian showing off a gilded grill—to see that. The editor, stylist, and consultant, who left her decade-long post as editor in chief of Paris Vogue in 2011 only to launch her abovementioned biannual publication to much fanfare in New York a year later, is the subject of Fabien Constant’s new documentary, Mademoiselle C. The film, which debuted in New York last night, chronicles the making of the inaugural issue of Roitfeld’s magazine and offers an intimate look into the life of the editor. “I was very surprised when I saw the film for the first time,” Roitfeld told us, donning a youthful Céline crop top and Miu Miu denim skirt. “I didn’t imagine it would be so personal. You see everything—my family, my kids, my husband, my apartment, my [dance] lessons, and this was very difficult.” We have to say, though, it was refreshing to see the editor—who’s famed for working with everyone from Karl Lagerfeld and Tom Ford to Bruce Weber and Mario Testino—behave so candidly in front of the camera. Style.com caught up with Roitfeld prior to the film’s premiere to talk life after Vogue, Nicolas Ghesquière, the future of fashion, and what it means to be sexy.

Before I turned on my recorder, you were talking about how much you admire Coco Chanel. Why is that?
She came back to work at almost 70 years old, and she came back as a success, and America was the first country to welcome her. France didn’t. They always say, you’re never a king or a queen in your own country.

Is that why you came to New York to launch CR Fashion Book? Do you feel like the Americans made you a “queen”?
I think America was very nice with me, because the day I finished Paris Vogue, I immediately got a phone call from America. Once you’re in New York, you jump. Paris is mostly retired people—I love it, and it’s a beautiful city, but it’s quite slow. In New York, you can do anything—you can shoot on Sundays, you can shoot at night, you can get a pink dog, everything you want is possible. It’s like Jay-Z’s song about the Big Apple—you never stop.

Do you miss being the editor in chief of Paris Vogue?
No. I still like the title. I think it’s a magical title, and there was a Vogue before me, there will be a Vogue after me. I have no regrets. Ten years is quite long. Otherwise, you stay forever, and you settle into office life, and I don’t like office life. It’s difficult to do things on your own, but I think it’s very exciting, and everyone says, oh, you look younger than before, and it’s just because I’m learning more.

Do you think that Emmanuelle Alt is taking Paris Vogue in the right direction?
I will not look at it. It’s her thing. It’s totally different. I don’t want to compare and I don’t want to judge. I’m over this now, you know? I do my own thing, and it takes me enough time, enough energy, I’m not here to criticize. I don’t care. I have so many projects—I’ve become a cover girl and a grandma at the same time. I have so many exciting things in my life. I don’t need to look back.

Before you launched CR Fashion Book, there were rumors that you weren’t on the best of terms with Nicolas Ghesquière. What’s your relationship like with him now?
This is the bullshit of politics in fashion. I’ve never had a problem with Nicolas. I just sent him a text and said, “I miss you!” I’ve known him since the very beginning. I think he’s the most talented person in fashion. He’s very, very smart. I’m sure he’s coming back, and I hope it’s very soon, because we miss him. And I think he’s going to surprise everyone. There are not so many big talents today, and he’s one of them.

Inevitably, Mademoiselle C is going to be compared to The September Issue, and you to Anna Wintour. How do you feel about being compared to her?
I was compared to Anna for many years. But I worked with her. I was working for her, and I think she’s a very tough woman, but she’s very honest. She’s a hard worker, and she and Grace [Coddington] have a lot of passion. And you feel passion in Mademoiselle C, too. Totally different, though. Vogue is the biggest magazine in the world; they have a lot of money. For our first issue, we had four people doing the magazine, but we have the same passion. Continue Reading “Carine Roitfeld Opens the Book” »

A Stroll Through The Garden With Berluti

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Yesterday in Paris, Berluti presented its new menswear collection during what can only be described as a gentleman’s garden party. Set on the lush grounds of Hôtel de Sully—a seventeenth century mansion hidden in Le Marais—the show introduced designer Alessandro Sartori’s Spring ’14 men of leisure. Here, in a film directed by Fabien Constant, Berluti invites us inside its secret garden. It almost makes you feel like you were there, no?

Carine: The Magazine

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The details of Carine Roitfeld’s new magazine have been under wraps for months, but at last, the former Paris Vogue editor has opened up about her latest project. Of the biannual mag, entitled CR Fashion Book (or CR for short), she tells WWD, “I hope people will want to keep it—trendy and timeless at the same time.”

The magazine, which is under the New York-based company Fashion Group LLC (also the publisher of Visionaire, V, and Vman), has several unique features to it. For example, there will not be the typical front-of-book section and only feature-length articles. Roitfeld says she plans to use the magazine’s online site instead for front-of-book fashion, art, and culture stories. She also notes that some of the articles will be published in the native language of the author with the English translation in the back of the book (although it is officially an English publication). As for keeping the publication sexy, something she is always known to do, she says, “Not necessarily safer, but different.” While the mock-up she showed WWD had work by “established and upstarts,” Roitfeld is keeping the theme, contributors, and advertisers of the September issue a secret for now. In the meantime, she remains as a “sort of muse” to Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, she’s the subject of a documentary by Fabien Constant hitting the big screen next year, and in about six weeks, she’s going to “be babushka”—a.k.a. Grandma.

Here, a look at a few of the CR mock-ups.

Photos: Sebastian Faena