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Carine Roitfeld: Intercontinental Chic

In a piece titled "Intercontinental Chic" for the August issue of Harper's Bazaar, "the world's most fashionable women, handpicked by the editors of Bazaar's international editions, share their secrets," and of course Carine Roitfeld tops the list of the très chic. In case you have not seen it, here are a few of Carine's personal preferences in culture, beauty, and fashion.

Carine Roitfeld on the essence of France's irreverent cool

CULTURE

Escape: The Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes is pure luxury.

Design: Any furniture by Knoll.

Film: E.T. — a classic!

Book: Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.

Restaurant: Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel, in Paris. It reminds me of the Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong.

Extras: I'm very fond of white tulips, particularly the way they continue to grow even after they've been cut. It's strange and beautiful.

BEAUTY

Routine: I'm quite unfaithful to skin-care products, but I do like La Prairie.

Eyes: Serge Lutens eyeliner comes in an old-fashioned lacquered box — you feel like a geisha when you use it.

FASHION

Philosophy: I'm always inspired by Helmut Newton's photographs of Yves Saint Laurent and by the work of Bob Richardson.

Key Pieces: For fall, I'm excited to wear Prada's long, thin scarves, as well as Givenchy's butterfly dress — butterflies are a big trend this season. And I love Tom Ford's long black skirt and jacket, to me this look is the new Le Smoking.

Shoes: I adore Miu Miu's translucent boots.

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juil.102014

Julia Restoin Roitfeld For Maniamania

You’re So Dark: Julia Restoin Roitfeld For Maniamania
By Sarra Salib

Potens necklace, Obscura cuff, Nocturn cocktail ring, Ephemera ring set, Talisman stacked ring, and Potens earrings — these are just a few of the gems that Julia Restoin Roitfeld so seductively modeled for Maniamania’s Obscura campaign.

Launched in 2009 by Australian art director Melanie Kramsler and stylist Tamila Purvis, Maniamania is a distinctive jewelry line that is the antithesis of delicacy and softness. The brand’s aesthetic is something akin to Warrior Princess mingling with Game of Thrones. One of the things I immediately thought of when I first saw the campaign was “Black Dahlia.” I ventured over to their site and did more exploring, and lo and behold, they had a Black Dahlia candle! It is aptly described as “a deep smokey glass candle in rich black wax and encased in a hand carved exterior of palm fronds and serpentine shapes.” After reviewing the other campaigns, labeling Maniamania as “mystical adornment for the modern times” could not be more precise.

The Obscura campaign, photographed by Bjorn Iooss, does not stray far from the aforementioned aesthetic. Alas, it is even more vampy, dark, mysterious, and dealing with the occult. One need only do a simple interpretation of the words "obscura," "nocturne," and "ephemera" to realize that the motifs for the campaign are the unknown, night, and all that is ephemeral. The pieces are extremely bold and geometric in nature, with tasseled cuff bracelets, statement prism necklaces, and plenty of not-so-simple rings and chains.

Clearly this is not a collection for naïve little girls. This jewelry is designed for a grown woman who knows herself and is ready to be empowered furthermore. Julia Restoin Roitfeld is the perfect candidate for this campaign because she does the bold, dark elegance so well. Moreover, all those years of modeling have taught her to master the smoldering, intense gaze — the “eyes that burn like cigarettes” look. Julia even joked about it on her Instagram saying “definitely my best '#dontmesswithme' face."

With Maniamania’s unique vision, jewelry is no longer about looking cute and simply completing the step of accessorizing; it’s about empowering your inner strong woman and truly making a statement. Brava Kramsler, Purvis, and Roitfeld!

View Julia Restoin Roitfeld in the Obscura campaign for Maniamania

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juil.012014

CR Fashion Book Issue 4: Fairy Tales

CR Fashion Book Issue 4: Fairy Tales
By Sarra Salib

The theme for Issue 4 of the bi-annual CR Fashion Book is "Fairy Tales" in which Carine Roitfeld takes as her subject some of our most children's beloved stories, tales that we revisit again and again even as adults to relive our favorite childhood memories, or perhaps to escape from the harsh reality even if only for a short while. The stories featured included "Beauty and the Beast," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "The Empress’s New Clothes," "Fairy Tale Theater," and Carine’s favorite, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," which makes her cry. 

As we know by now, the work of Carine Roitfeld is enduring and iconic because it shies away from anything that celebrates the mundane or the status quo. In CR Fashion Book Issue 4 there was a twist added to every editorial, and these innocent stories we know so well were transformed and punctuated by Carine’s French accent mark, if you will. And that is actually one of Carine’s many talents: taking something innocent and revamping it into something provocative and politically incorrect. What else do we expect from the queen of porno chic?

In "Fairy Tales," we see a stark juxtaposition of brightness, hope, love, and smiles against loss, darkness, and ominousness. The cover stories convey those themes of brightness, lightness, and love. Lindsey Wixson’s E.T. cover photographed by Carine’s crony Sebastian Faena could not be more spot on. Gracing the reverse cover are Gigi Hadid (who could easily be mistaken for Kate Upton’s twin sister) with Shayne Cureton as shot by the legendary Bruce Weber. With perpetual smiles on their faces, Cureton and Hadid represent the ultimate fairy tale love of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix in their ultra-hippie rock ‘n’ roll Sixties prime. 

Contrary to these lights and smiles, we see "Ferocious," a dark and sinister take on the classic "Beauty and the Beast," starring the now Carine regular Kate Upton as photographed by Karl Lagerfeld. "Ferocious" is captioned “Once Upon a Time Beauty Met Beastly and Liked It.” The photographs are eerily reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, with Upton being Estella and the table setting being something that you would expect to find in the humble abode of Miss Havisham. Adding to this element of darkness is the apparent tragedy that Beauty did not end up living happily ever after with the object of her affection.

Another noteworthy editorial in Issue 4 of CR Fashion Book is “The Seven,” Carine Roitfeld's witty, modern, tongue-in-cheek take on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." The story features Ashleigh Good and a diverse cast of smiling children playing their appropriate role as the seven dwarfs, and is shot by Carine’s longtime friend Pamela Hanson. The description to "The Seven" sets the vision for the editorial: “Ashleigh Good stars as part workaday mom, part contemporary Snow White. She makes for a magical, magnetic vision of motherhood.” Perhaps this is Carine's homage to her daughter Julia — granted Julia has only one child and not seven... I think yes!

Although this is a rather belated review of CR Fashion Book Issue 4, it is still appropriate because it proves how Carine’s work remains relevant and will remain relevant even down the line. Moreover, she proves that you may pick any theme you wish, use fashion and creative talent, and turn it into your own story for others to enjoy. In her "Fairy Tales," Carine combines and juxtaposes ideas of happiness and light with darkness and gloom to create memorable images with an array of established and new talents. Rounding off "Fairy Tales" was a fun task, and we cannot wait to see what theme Carine Roitfeld explores for the hotly anticipated Issue 5 of CR Fashion Book.

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Editorial images and illustration by Illustration by Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson © 2014 CR Fashion Book.

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juin162014

Carine Roitfeld At Kardashian And West Wedding

Carine Roitfeld At Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Wedding
By Jessica Eritou

On 24 May, Carine Roitfeld was invited to celebrate the marriage of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Florence, Italy. She was seen applauding the couple outside during their ceremony, standing alongside other guests such as Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, and Riccardo Tisci, the designer that custom made Kardashian's Givenchy Haute Couture gown.

According to US Weekly, Carine Roitfeld expressed her love for North, the daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, via Instagram just days after witnessing the couple's exchange of vows. Roitfeld captioned the photo with "Baby North and her new 'nanny.' Lovely little girl xxx”.

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Carine Roitfeld and North West photo courtesy of Instagram. Carine Roitfeld at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wedding courtesy of Clutch.

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mai272014

CR Fashion Book: Becoming Human

CR Fashion Book: Becoming Human
By Renee Hernandez

It did not surprise me to see actor Michael B. Jordan’s words, "Becoming Human," in the latest issue of CR Fashion Book. Actors such as Anne Hathaway and Kirsten Dunst among others have contributed short stories or essays in past issues.

In the editorial "Lee Daniels Fairy Tale Theater," Oscar winner Lee Daniels gives us a modern reinterpretation of all the classic fairy tales — Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty — starring Joan Smalls as the heroine and, for obvious reasons, Michael B. Jordan as the leading man. My instinct tells me that Carine Roitfeld is on to something by spotlighting him twice in this issue.

I confess, I have been following MBJ for a while now. He won my heart as Vince in Friday Night Lights (my all-time favorite television show), and that high schooler/super hero with telekinetic powers in Chronicle. I have never seen the series The Parenthood but I’ve read that he was great in that as well. Wallace in The Wire. And now the role of a lifetime in Fruitvale Station where his performance as shooting victim Oscar Grant has everyone drawing comparisons to major heavyweight Denzel Washington.

Fruitvale Station is a powerful yet heartbreaking portrayal of the last 24 hours of Grant’s life. You see a love story develop towards all the people he cares about and yet you know what’s going to happen. I think the real power of this film is feeling that constant struggle between good and evil from within... coming to that inevitable fork in the road and trying to make the right decision. That is so real to me. Michael B. Jordan plays this with just the right balance and nuance. Oh man, I was a complete goner. It reminds me of Jordan’s character in Friday Night Lights because I think he also struggled with the same complicated urges.

I loved reading Michael B. Jordan’s process on getting into character. This is my favorite part:

“To make it as real as possible, in each character you have to find a little bit of yourself, and you have to really be vulnerable and raw. You have to be completely honest with yourself in order to give an honest performance.

I always write a journal for my character: where he’s coming from, his fears, his strengths, what he ate that day, the last time he got into an argument, the last time he got whupped, does he get whupped, is he a hard worker, is he a dreamer, is he a pessimist. All of that molds and shapes my character and how he will act and react in certain situations. It’s cool to see characters make a decision, and I always think I just happen to be playing some really amazing characters who have to make some tough choices in the moment and who people, really, really care about.”

I think Carine Roitfeld is telling us that it is time to pay attention to Michael B. Jordan.

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