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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” »

Fashion’s Most Multi Multi-Tasker Adds A New Gig

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Carine Roitfeld—who, since her departure from Paris Vogue, has worked with V, Barneys, and launched her own CR Fashion Book—has taken on yet another new position: global fashion director at Harper’s Bazaar, where her V and CR collaborator Stephen Gan is creative director. Hearst announced today that Roitfeld will work on several stories a year for various international editions of the title, beginning in March. Meanwhile, CR Fashion Book will soldier on as well.

PLUS: Last year, Roitfeld spoke with Style.com editor in chief Dirk Standen for the Future of Fashion series. Click here to read the complete interview.

Photo: Kirstin Sinclair / Getty Images

Countdown To Carine

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“It’s a big return, no?” Carine Roitfeld says of the upcoming debut issue of her CR Fashion Book. We wouldn’t expect the former Paris Vogue editor to do things any other way. She’s been keeping most of the details of her new biannual magazine (out next month) under wraps, but Style.com got a first look at the making of CR in this exclusive video before it launches on CRfashionbook.com later today.

Mrs. Marley, We Presume? And More Of The Day’s Top Stories

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It’s wedding bells for Brazilian supe Isabeli Fontana. The model is engaged to Rohan Marley, one of late reggae legend Bob Marley’s 11 kids. Fontana and her fiancé don’t have a date yet, but they are reportedly planning to tie the knot in the birthplace of the Rastafarian movement: Ethiopia. [Vogue U.K.]

In other Brazilian bombshell news, Gisele Bündchen is already back on a Paris Vogue cover. She was Emmanuelle Alt’s first cover girl when Alt took the reigns of the mag with the April issue, and now, a little over a year later, she’s back and (barely) bikini-clad. [Huff Po]

Sir Paul Smith is set to build an empire in China. The Brit designer has just announced his first Shanghai store (opening in December), with 24 shops in China to follow over the next five years. He’s already huge in Japan: There are over 200 Smith stores there. [Telegraph]

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations have turned into a full-fledged designer affair. The likes of Vivienne Westwood, watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Harrods have already created special collections in honor of the big event, and now Nicholas Kirkwood has unveiled his limited-edition, Swarovski-encrusted pump for the occasion. [Vogue.fr]

 

 

 

Photo: Eric Charbonneau / Getty Images

 

Is Color-Blocking Played Out?

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After several seasons of stacking contrasting hues one atop another, designers are simplfying things for Fall with monochromatic looks in a Crayola box assortment of shades. Working with a uniform palette plays up subtle differences in texture and fabric. Alexander Wang, for example, hit on this season’s must-have color with a head-to-toe burgundy outfit that mixed slick quilted patent with distressed leather and nappy suede, while Olivier Rousteing and Peter Dundas brought velvet and fur into the picture, respectively, at Balmain and Emilio Pucci. As for the tonal trend’s street cred, most New Yorkers (and Paris Vogue editors, for that matter) are already well versed in the advantages of wearing head-to-toe black. But more adventurous dressers are embracing vibrant tones. See: Hanne Gaby Odiele (who else?) in her mint Acne cable-knit sweater and cropped pants, and another stylish gal who matched her bright red coat to her fiery tresses—or perhaps dyed her hair for the occasion.

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW, and let us know if you’ll be dressing in one color from top to toe.

Photo: Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com