It is my pleasure to announce the promotion of Dara Block to editor-at-large for I Want To Be A Roitfeld! Dara's inimitable eye for greatness and her eloquent observations make her a strong contributor to the team and I am proud to promote her now for her fabulous work thus far. I hope you will join me in congratulating Dara on her new role. Dara, thank you kindly for sharing your talents with us, you are such an inspiration!
Hello everyone, I'm Dara Block!
Yes, I was born and raised in southern California, but I am not your typical Cali girl. To be completely honest, I dislike the sun, have never surfed in the ocean, and I would much rather wear black than color. Perhaps, I am a bit unique for LA standards, but I am just being me. During the day, I am a dental ceramist and by night I am a fashion and style connoisseur. All that is clearly represented in my blog I co-write with my sister entitled sisters in black frocks. Style has always been such a huge part of my life, no matter what shape or form it takes. I could easily spend the day browsing through my extensive magazine collection, which includes countless issues of Vogue Paris. I am particularly fond of Carine Roitfeld's time at the magazine, when she was editor-in-chief from February of 2001 to March of 2011... that really was such a great decade in magazine publishing and I feel Carine Roitfeld totally transformed that era in fashion and styling!
I think my fascination with Carine Roitfeld started back in August of 2001 when US Vogue profiled her in their first annual age issue. There was just something about the way she appeared in that editorial that really caught my attention. She looked like a gypsy blended with a bit of Iggy Pop and of course, I was completely captivated by her amazing sense of style. It was from that moment on, that I started to really take notice of Vogue Paris and her unerring eye. Interestingly, 12 years later after reading that US Vogue interview I still find myself very much intrigued by her audacious and cutting-edge approach to glamour. It truly is such a pleasure to be part of the IWTBAR team and to share all my thoughts and opinions with our readers on how Carine Roitfeld has inspired my life. She is a total visionary and I love being part of a group of writers that completely understands what an impact she has had and continues to make in the world of fashion!
Dara Block photograph © 2012 Dara Block. Carine Roitfeld photograph © 2001 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.