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




Harper's Bazaar


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carine roitfeld: irreverent


Diana Vreeland Memos:
The Vogue Years

By Alexander Vreeland


It's Modern.: The Eye
and Visual Influence of
Alexander Liberman

By Charles Churchward


Avedon: Women
By Joan Juliet Buck, Abigail Solomon-Godeau


François Halard
By François Halard


Helmut Newton: SUMO
By June Newton and Helmut Newton


No. 5 Culture Chanel
(English and French Edition)


Man Repeller:
Seeking Love.
Finding Overalls.

By Leandra Medine


Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful


IWTBAR Black Tee

IWTBAR White Mug

IWTBAR White Tee

I Want To Be An Alt

I Want To Be A Battaglia

I Want To Be A Coppola


Rap Ode To Carine Roitfeld

Remember The Little Black Jacket Contest we sponsored way back when? One of the winning entries was a rap ode to Carine Roitfeld by Morgan Von Steen, and while  I had long hoped that she would have time to produce a video of her rap for the site, alas time does not permit. Her CR rap is too fabulous not to share with all of you and so with no further ado, I am pleased to present…

Rap Ode To Carine Roitfeld
By Morgan Von Steen

Carine Roitfeld is one bad bitch.
When it comes to creating beauty, she gets off without a hitch.

I miss her at French Vogue. Team Carine all the way.
But it's nice to have her in New York. That's all I have to say.

I've spent my summer internship here walking down the streets.
I've kept my eyes out. She's the one I'd like to meet.

I want my hands on a copy of CR at this moment.
It's going to be killer. It's Carine. You know it!

I'm already applying to be part of her team.
To work in her presence would be a serious dream.

When I saw her at the CFDA Awards, I could only bow down.
When we watched her walk the carpet, I swear no one could frown.

We waved furiously like morons, and she gave us a smile.
It's a story I will pass down, when I have a child.

She is incredible, and inspiring, and it's news to no one.
I've seen almost every image of the things she has done.

Those Chanel ads are always stuck on my mind.
I want pink eyebrows, cat ears, with a tail in behind.

From black leather, to an infusion of color,
I'll always be a fan of her styling. Call me Carine Lover.

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Carine Roitfeld photographs courtesy of Fashion Spot. Collage by Kellina de Boer.


Happy 29th Birthday Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld!

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Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld photograph courtesy of Fashion Spot. Birthday love by Kellina de Boer.


You Know You Want Carine Roitfeld's Kim Kardashian Tee

You Know You Want Carine Roitfeld's Kim Kardashian Tee
By Jascmeen Bush

No Home Depot onesie this time around, for Carine Roitfeld's latest "7 Ways" she reinvents a Comme des Garçons vest beautifully. Carine wears the vest backwards, sideways, diagonally, and even tucked into a Louis Vuitton logo belt with a… What is that? A CR FASHION BOOK ISSUE 3 COVER TEE! Even if you're not a Kim Kardashian fan, this tee is definitely a collector's item. You can buy it on the CR Fashion Book site, it comes packaged with a copy of Issue 3 and a CR Fashion Book tote. What I want to know is, who's willing to pay $50 for the set when they already have the issue just to get the tee? Just me? Am I alone over here?

[Editor's note: I find it extraordinary and so Carine that the seam of her stocking is painted on with eyeliner here, quelle chic !]

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Julia Restoin-Roitfeld For Motilo

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld For Motilo
By Sarra Salib

One is seldom blessed to find a fashion site that is practical, functional, helpful, and aesthetically appealing, that also encourages one to give and take on any fashion issue. Thankfully, we have Motilo, curated in 2011 by Anna Machkevitch and Sofia Barattieri to answer any “fashion dilemma” and to provide a “second opinion,” which seems like the most perfect outlet for many women. The London-based Motilo is different, however, in that it is run by a very special set of “Motilo Girls”(who happen to be some of Tommy Ton’s favorite people to stalk during fashion week), including Susie Lau, Shala Monroque, Julia Sarr-Jamois, and none other than the ethereal beauty Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. The list goes on, of course, but our main focus remains on Miss Julia.

Along with the recent revamp of the site, Motilo chose the lovely Julia to be a brand ambassador, and in good spirit. Her role as an ambassador includes modeling for the site, contributing answers to questions, and providing editorial content. If you are a member, you can choose to follow or ask Julia any pressing questions you might have, and who wouldn’t want fashion advice from a French creative director?

If you happen to explore Julia Restoin-Roitfeld’s page in detail as I did, you will notice that she has successfully answered several interesting and tricky questions, all with effortlessly chic solutions. What is exciting and noteworthy about Motilo is that everyone’s answers reflect and remain true to their personal style. You can basically go to another stylist’s page and easily decipher his or her style based on the answers provided. For example, with Julia, you can conclude that her style is very classic and simple, and that she prefers to wear mostly black. And that is completely true and representational of her style! Her style is very simple and feminine but still edgy and bold due to her love for black and sharp heels.

Another noteworthy aspect of Motilo is that you can shop any piece your heart desires from the answers provided because it is readily available to you in its own “pin,” if you will, at the bottom. This concept cleverly coincides with their beautifully styled editorial “EXCESSORISE,” starring Queen Julia. I’m not for excess, but I think the tongue-in-cheek “excessorise” and the definitions of “baroque” and “decadence” with several other synonyms along with the editorial were brilliant and I was won over in a heartbeat. Finally, who can get over that photograph of Julia that resulted from the shoot? Pure heavenly vision.

So are you having a fashion dilemma? Would you like to know how to dress for a chic picnic the Roitfeld way? What will Julia wear on Christmas morning or New Year's Eve? Head over to Motilo and check in with Julia herself for all the answers. Who knows, you might even become a Motilo Girl!

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Julia Restoin-Roitfeld photographs © 2013 Motilo. All Rights Reserved.


Carine Roitfeld In "The Client"

Carine Roitfeld In "The Client"
By Jessica Eritou

In spirit of Carine Roitfeld's documentary Mademoiselle C, IWTBAR explores the documentary short “The Client,” filmed two years ago by the same director and producer of the full length film, Fabien Constant. The filming took place during Paris Couture Week in 2011 covering over twenty fashion shows for W Magazine.

What makes this short significant is that fans of Roitfeld can watch as she selects, fits, and models the couture gowns she usually styles for herself, only this time for W, in the editorial "The One and Only" for their October issue in 2011.

Constant follows Roitfeld as she ventures all week to various fashion shows, in her car, meeting fans who want to put her signed photos up on eBay. In classic Roitfeld fashion, she dryly admits it's a good idea since you can see how much you are worth.

The short includes coverage from Giorgio Armani Privé, where, at an early 10 a.m. show there is already champagne flowing for the guests. “I'm here to be fitted in the clothes,” she explains to Giorgio himself after the show.

We see Roitfeld meeting Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy Couture as the location was set up in a quaint showroom as if it were for Louis XVI.

The best part of the short captures Roitfeld explaining how she is wearing all these different pieces but still wants the clothing to be about her with shirts and skirts since they are her staples. You can see her genius reaction to what she is wearing and in what she feels most comfortable. Constant filmed Roitfeld outside speaking to him where she says, “To be Carine, it's mostly a skirt.” And it's true.

At her stop at Alaïa, the designer himself said to her, “Listen, when you look after clients, that's how you learn. Because if you don't see how a design is worn or what women want, or how they want to wear it, you're just designing in a void. And that isn't good.” Frankly, this is some of the best advice for anyone in the design world.

The W issue featuring Roitfeld, shot by Paolo Roversi, captured her feminine yet strong aesthetic. We are able to see Roitfeld's personality through the clothes immensely. A favorite would be the black-and-white image of her in the military gusset pocketed day suit by Chanel which leads off this article.

Despite her privilege and connection in the fashion world, Carine Roitfeld comes across as humble throughout the short. For those who may not have been able to catch Constant's full documentary in theatres, this will give you a sneak peek while we wait for the home release of Mademoiselle C in 2014.

View "The Client"

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Carine Roitfeld photographs © 2011 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.