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IWTBAR Contest Winner: Sarra Salib

It is a distinct pleasure to announce the results of The Little Black Jacket contest... the essays in praise of Carine Roitfeld were so good that I decided to modify the prize structure and award three winners. I will be publishing various entries from the contest over the next few weeks beginning today with the winning essay, congratulations and thanks to all who entered!

First Prize
Sarra Salib
"Carine Roitfeld: The One and Only"
Prize: The Little Black Jacket and IWTBAR black tee

Second Prize
Morgan Von Steen
"Rap Ode To Carine Roitfeld"
Prize: IWTBAR black tee

Third Prize
Jessica Eritou
"Relating To Carine Roitfeld"
Prize: IWTBAR mug

Carine Roitfeld: The One and Only
By Sarra Salib

Carine Roitfeld celebrated Vogue Paris’ 90th anniversary by writing “If one word were to sum up the elegance, the luxury, the audacity, the desire and the spirit, no doubt it would be Vogue.” I would like to take the opportunity to modify Carine’s breathtakingly beautiful happy anniversary note and dedicate it to The One and Only herself: If one name were to sum up the elegance, the irreverence, the audacity, the charm, and the spirit, no doubt it would be Carine Roitfeld. The first time I fell in love with Carine was through Style.com’s “Get the Look.” The look was her (in my opinion) iconic, casual, summer ensemble. Carine wore perfectly tailored, 70s cut white pants; olive colored Equipment silk shirt; the unobtrusive Salvador Dali crucifix necklace; nude, dangerously high sandals; honey hued straight screen of hair; kohl rimmed eyes; and one must not forget, Carine’s favorite accessory, the cell phone. Style.com’s description was accurate in that “It’s impossible to emulate the style of Paris Vogue’s Carine Roitfeld.” This was quintessential Carine. This was cool Carine. The outfit looks deceivingly simple to one’s eye, but when dissected down, there are myriad elements that make this ephemeral style belong to one person. Indeed, there is no point in belaboring futile efforts. Is it the way she conspicuously takes each step as if the concrete street is her own runway? Is it the way her hair falls on her face and masks her as a shield? Is it the way her haunting green eyes peer from behind and delve deep into the enchanted followers’ souls? Even the way she rolls her sleeves is permeated by aesthetic. An essay is an insufficient space to serenade Carine. I could go on elaborating and abstracting, and still fail to capture this woman’s genius and talent. A daughter, a sister, a mother, a lover, and a legendary stylist. She’s everything. Her genuine and sincere smile is enough reason to make you fall in love.

Carine Roitfeld photograph courtesy of Fashion Spot.

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Reader Comments (15)

i love the pants
1 septembre 2012 | Unregistered Commentersara
Aw! Love this!
True style is more about the woman, her essence, yes?
1 septembre 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Love her outfit!

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1 septembre 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThea Unknown
Congratulations to the IWTBAR Contest winners! Great job!
1 septembre 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Yes, Sara, I must agree, although I could never actually bring myself to wear them. One of my favorite quotes explains why: "If coffee were clear, I would always wear white." My typical clothing is not really black, it is a deep coffee stain.

1 septembre 2012 | Registered Commenterkellina
Kate, thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed the essay. I thought Sarra did a beautiful job of celebrating the essence of Carine, so eloquent. True style is definitely about the essence of the woman.
1 septembre 2012 | Registered Commenterkellina
Michael, you are sweet. Stay tuned for more winning essays, I think you will like what you see.
1 septembre 2012 | Registered Commenterkellina
Totally, Théa! :)
1 septembre 2012 | Registered Commenterkellina
Also, if you are going to attempt the white jeans, I suggest you read Kate's tips for finding the perfect ones...

1 septembre 2012 | Registered Commenterkellina
That's true Kellina, i'm caffeine-addicted, so this is a reason why i'm not really wear white :-)
2 septembre 2012 | Unregistered Commentersara
i should be dressed like that lol
2 septembre 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbernie
Congratulations to the winners!
Great essay, I love it :)
3 septembre 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKamila
Sara, I am so glad you can understand! The next latte I drink is in your honor.

4 septembre 2012 | Registered Commenterkellina
You should, B.
4 septembre 2012 | Registered Commenterkellina
Thanks, Kamila! I am happy you liked it.
4 septembre 2012 | Registered Commenterkellina

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