I Want To Be A Roitfeld

Kellina de Boer

Dara Block

Jascmeen Bush
Jessica Eritou
Renee Hernandez
Montse Ocejo
Bernie Rothschild
Sarra Salib

quoi de neuf
Carine Roitfeld




Julia Restoin-Roitfeld




Beauty Products

Mademoiselle C

Mademoiselle C (2013)
Directed by Fabien Constant

IWTB Interview:
Fabien Constant





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Harper's Bazaar

carine roitfeld: irreverent


IWTBAR Black Tee

IWTBAR White Mug

IWTBAR White Tee

I Want To Be An Alt

I Want To Be A Coppola

I Want To Be A Battaglia


Tom Ford
By Tom Ford


Yves Saint Laurent 
By Roxanne Lowit


The Big Book of the Hamptons
By Michael Shnayerson


A Message for You
By Guy Bourdin


Halston & Warhol: Silver & Suede
By Lesley Frowick, Geralyn Huxley


Dior: The Legendary Images
By Florence Muller


Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan
By Maria Agnelli


Fashionable Selby
By Todd Selby


Carine Roitfeld Is In

This is so last year, but since I cannot find a 2010 edition it must suffice. The New York Post published their Out & In for 2009, amusing and largely still relevant. Note that this is not their complete list but the best outtakes. Of course La Roitfeld is IN.

OUT: Carrie Bradshaw
IN: Serena van der Woodsen

OUT: Pitying Jennifer Aniston
IN: Disliking Jennifer Aniston

OUT: Cocktails
IN: Booze

OUT: Disliking Paris Hilton
IN: Pitying Paris Hilton

OUT: The iPhone
IN: Hoping Steve Jobs isn't at death's doorstep so Apple can keep releasing new iPhones

OUT: Investment bankers
IN: Bankruptcy lawyers

OUT: Bush
IN: Obama

OUT: Pining for the broke-ass New York of old
IN: The broke-ass New York of new

OUT: Irony
IN: Irony (Weird, isn't it?)

OUT: Tween stars
IN: Legal tender

OUT: House music
IN: Dance rock

OUT: Comebacks
IN: Staying gone

OUT: eBay
IN: propertyroom.com

OUT: Oversharing bloggers
IN: Journalists

OUT: Accountability
IN: Bailouts

OUT: Nightlife on Ludlow Street
IN: Nightlife on Broome Street

OUT: $2 subway fare
IN: Hell, you might as well take a cab

OUT: Saying Brooklyn's cool
IN: Going to Brooklyn

OUT: Hummers
IN: Hybrids

OUT: Commercials
IN: Viral marketing

OUT: Evangelists
IN: Intellectuals

OUT: Anime
IN: Superhero movies

OUT: Deejays
IN: Musicians

OUT: All things retro
IN: Invention

OUT: The Eldridge
IN: Chloe

OUT: Memoirs
IN: Documentaries

OUT: Xenophobia
IN: Patriotism

OUT: Bryant Park tents
IN: Intimate showrooms

OUT: American leading men
IN: Foreign leading men

OUT: Watching "Saturday Night Live" on TV
IN: Watching "Saturday Night Live" clips online

OUT: Full-figured models, actresses as models
IN: Actual models

OUT: Ultimate Fighting
IN: Gotham Girls Roller Derby

OUT: Meaningless sex
IN: Meaningless sex while thinking about James Franco

OUT: Drinking wine out of fine Riedel stemware
IN: Drinking cheap swill out of baby bottles

OUT: Celeb chefs
IN: Cult butchers

OUT: Vacations
IN: Staycations

OUT: Anna Wintour
IN: Carine Roitfeld

OUT: Stocks
IN: Gold bullion

OUT: Buying Grey Goose in a club
IN: Sneaking Mad Dog into a club

OUT: TV weasel Jeremy Piven
IN: Real-life weasel Jeremy Piven

OUT: Throwing fruit
IN: Throwing shoes

OUT: Bikram
IN: Drinking yourself into a comatose state

OUT: Credit
IN: Cold, hard cash

OUT: Landlords
IN: Tenants

OUT: Auto industry
IN: Delicious, reliable soup

OUT: Office holiday parties
IN: Office cuddle parties

Courtesy of The New York Post
Carine Roitfeld photograph courtesy of Fashion Spot


Vlad The Insurgent

It seems I am not the only one that noted Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld is taking the New York art world by storm...The New York Observer recently issued their list of "Insurgents of 2010" and included our favorite rising art maven. These "insurgents" are deemed to be the rebels that will refashion New York City in the arenas of business, style, culture, media, and politics, dismantling the old machine and creating the new energy of the city.

The selection criteria of the Observer is amusing: "Insurgents think of things we didn’t think about or were too lazy to mull over much. They have the spirits of street fighters. But whether you like them personally doesn’t really matter. That economy that flattened dreams all over? It emboldened them. The Insurgents may not know it yet, but they’re about to remake this town in ways many of us can’t even fathom... It’s going to be a hell of a show."

According to Monsieur Restoin-Roitfeld, it sounds so very simple to become an insurgent: “I was going to different exhibitions and it always had this feeling of a closed circle, and it was something very hard to enter for many so I thought if I just did it in a different way, I could capture the interest of a different crowd of people. I just decided to rent very large spaces and invite a huge crowd of people and present art that I believe to be amazing and just make it more fun and open-minded.” Of course. The print edition of the Observer contains a nifty pullout visual representation of the Insurgents in the new New York, check it out.

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld photograph © 2009 Getty Images


Giovanna Battaglia Illustration

The talented Judit García-Talavera has graciously permitted me to share with all of you her lovely illustration of Giovanna Battaglia. Below is a copy of the original photo upon which Judit based her illustration for comparison. I love especially the way that she captures Giovanna's eyes and that the only points of color are her dress and shoes. Be sure to visit Judit's web site to see more of her beautiful style of art.

Giovanna Battaglia illustration © 2009 Judit García-Talavera. All Rights Reserved.
Giovanna Battaglia photograph courtesy of trendycrew.com


Vogue Paris Translation: Editorial, December 2009/January 2010

Below is my translation from French to English of Carine Roitfeld's editorial for the December/January issue of Vogue Paris. Those that expressed curiosity as to the selection of Laetitia Casta as the guest editor for the issue can gain insight into Carine's thoughts on the process here. I regret that I am so late with the translation this month but I did not find my copy of VP until the 23rd despite constant checking of my favorite outlets. Fabulous news for readers regarding future translations: my ever so thoughtful and sweet beau reads my blog and he heeded the lists I made— one of the many lovely gifts under the tree for me this year was a subscription to Vogue Paris!  [Merci bcp et mtm ftw!]

On ne veut évidemment pas la réduire à ça, pourtant c'est la première chose qui saute aux yeux. La beauté astrale, les yeux couleur océan, les jambes de panthère, le sourire qui fait pschitt... Cette merveilleuse présence, cette puissance photogénique ont été un sésame pour Laetitia Casta, devenue en un éclair le top model français le plus adulé de l'histoire, universellement convoité. Vogue, sa couverture, elle connaît.

Il se trouve que la plastique ravageuse couve un incendie. Un besoin vital de froisser l'image, d'explorer plus loin, quitte à y laisser des plumes. On peut citer presque au hasard le théâtre, un désir de baptême du feu dans la peau d'Ondine, le cinéma, l'épreuve du trac à vif face à l'ogre Depardieu ou sous l'oeil sans pitié de Raoul Ruiz. Jacques Weber dit qu'il ‹‹est sidéré par sa spontanéité, sa liberté absolue et sa justesse dans l'intuition››. Pour Depardieu, ‹‹elle est simplement intelligente. Elle a la vocation››.

Modèle de femme française, ‹‹icône de la joie hexagonale, grand public et allurée››, pour citer l'écrivain Claude Arnaud qui l'a rencontrée, Laetitia Casta est l'invitée exceptionnelle de ce numéro de noël. Elle en a composé le générique, de la Corse à Pedro Almodovar, de Gerard Depardieu à Nastassja Kinski, en passant par le souvenir d'Yves Saint Laurent.

Il y a des choses qu'on n'explique pas mais qui crèvent d'évidence : la Casta a l'étoffe des grandes. Clin d'oeil du destin : dans deux mois, elle sera une incandescente Brigitte Bardot sur grand écran. Les dés sont lancés.

One cannot reduce her to this obviously, yet it is the first thing that strikes the eyes. The astral beauty, the eyes the color of the ocean, the legs of the panther, the smile that makes one fizzy... This marvelous presence, this photogenic power has been a sesame for Laetitia Casta, becoming in a flash the French top model most revered in history, universally coveted. Vogue, her cover, she knows.

It is discovered that plastic smolders devestatingly in a fire. A vital need to offend the image, to go higher, even leaving feathers. We can cite almost at random the theater, a desire for baptism by fire in the skin of Ondine, the cinema, the test of stagefright is a raw deal against the ogre Depardieu or under the merciless eye of Raoul Ruiz. Jacques Weber said he "is stunned by her spontaneity, her absolute freedom, and her accurate intuition." For Depardieu, "She is simply smart. She has the vocation."

The model French woman, "icon of hexagonal joy, widely public and alluring," to quote the writer Claude Arnaud who met her, Laetitia Casta is the guest editor of the exceptional Christmas issue. She has written the generic, from Corsica to Pedro Almodovar, from Gerard Depardieu to Nastassja Kinski, through the memory of Yves Saint Laurent.

There are things which one does not explain that burst with obviousness: Casta has the makings of a major. Wink of fate: in two months, she will be an incandescent Brigitte Bardot on the big screen. The dice are cast.

[Editor's note: Laetitia Casta plays the part of Bardot in Serge Gainsbourg, vie héroïque due to release on January 20.]

Vogue Paris editorial image © 2010 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.


I Want To Be A Roitfeld In V Magazine

Whooot!! Derek Blasberg mentioned I Want To Be A Roitfeld in his "Blasberg's Best of 2009" for V Magazine, essentially noting that this is the chicest resource on the chicest family in the world. Je vous remercie mille fois, Derek, très sympa. I wanted to document this moment as well as Carine Roitfeld's stunning flexibility.

Carine Roitfeld and Lady Amanda Harlech photograph © 2009 V Magazine, LLC.  All Rights Reserved.