I Want To Be A Roitfeld

Kellina de Boer
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Dara Block
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Jascmeen Bush
Jessica Eritou
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vendredi
oct.252013

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld's Five Rules For French Dressing

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld's Five Rules For French Dressing
By Jascmeen Bush

Our beloved Julia Restoin-Roitfeld lent her beauty to Matches Fashion in a shoot photographed by Nik Hartley and styled by Vickie Keeble. Our "heiress" modeled Roksanda Illincic, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and more in the 60s style spread. In the accompanying article, Julia goes on to introduce her new site, Romy & The Bunnies, a "style guide for mothers and expectant mothers." I don't want to spoil the article, but here are a few tidbits I loved: she doesn't love to shop (online shopping only), she doesn't care about brands or the latest items, oh, and her diaper bag is a Chanel shopper. If that doesn't make you want to be a Roitfeld, we don't know what will! Visit the gallery to view more images from the spread.

Julia also shared her five rules for dressing with true Parisian style:

  1. Keep your palette simple: French women are into neutrals — a lot of beige, grey, navy, black, and white.
  2. You won’t see many products in a French woman’s bathroom – it’s about looking polished in a very natural way.
  3. Even on the red carpet, French celebrities keep it minimal. Think of Charlotte Gainsbourg – the look can be quite undone.
  4. The French like to play the intellectual card; they don’t like to be over-sexy. The sexiness comes from the way they walk and hold themselves.
  5. If a French woman wears jeans, it’s never with flats, always heels.

[Editor's note: In case you are interested, note that a few of the couture pieces that Julia models are available currently via Matches Fashion, ooooo la la...]

Honor Heart Cut-Out Dress $1,480

Marc Jacobs Sequined Pencil Skirt $1,900

Jason Wu Ostrich Feather Mini Dress $4,950

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Julia Restoin-Roitfeld photographs courtesy of Matches Fashion.

mercredi
oct.162013

Carine Roitfeld On Instagram

Carine Roitfeld has opened a whole new door to her life, an avenue that is sure to thrill her loyal fans… Carine Roitfeld is on Instagram! I regret to say this happened a month ago without me noticing, I am not actually a member yet myself, but I am utterly delighted to note it now. I adore the shot above of Carine with her granddaughter, Romy, très adorable in black-and-white. Further, dispelling any doubts that it is truly herself, La Roitfeld posted a handwritten note asking for a photo she had seen previously on Instagram and styledumonde kindly obliged with the gorgeous image of Carine in the garden below. Then of course as a new member, CR added the requisite selfies of her own feet, ooooo la la! Looking forward to lots of inspiring images to come from Carine Roitfeld's personal perspective...

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Carine Roitfeld and Romy Konjic photographs courtesy of instagram.com/carineroitfeld.

mercredi
oct.022013

Miss USA: Kim Kardashian, Grills And Glam

Miss USA: Kim Kardashian, Grills And Glam
By Jessica Eritou

CR Fashion Book's third issue entitled “Hope” sheds light with a refreshing catalogue with numerous celebratory editorials. "Miss USA" captures the essence of America's fascination with the glory of the celebrity figure. Shot in both black-and-white and color, the Fall/Winter cover story depicts socialite-turned-reality-television-star Kim Kardashian in a highbrow editorial spread shot by Karl Lagerfeld and styled by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci. Coincidentally, Tisci also collaborated with Kardashian's partner, Kanye West, for his album artwork and clothing attire for "The Throne" collaboration with Jay-Z.

This is one of the few times Kardashian has been featured with very natural looking makeup and hair, as well as being eight months pregnant for the shoot. Perhaps this makes the feel of the shoot more serious, so the editorial is focused on the clothes rather than her being seen in the clothes. Highlights of this shoot include the opening shots featuring Kardashian sporting the grey cashmere sweater paired beautifully with a Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal mask, Givenchy Haute Couture earrings, and a vintage crown from Christian Daubanay Paris. This could represent the symbolic as the focus of "Miss USA," a direct approach to how the public's fascination with the Kardashian “empire” crowns her the queen of pop culture in the past few years.

Another highlight is the black-and-white shot with Kardashian wearing a Céline dress with a vintage bomber jacket, Chanel brooch, and Agnelle gloves. This look Tisci styled her in creates a serious, ladylike undertone to the editorial. Next to it, a more playful, but dark, eerie shot captures her in a Jennifer Behr veil, vintage cap, and a vintage Ralph Lauren sweater. She is wearing a veil, almost in mourning. Again, one could suggest this is a significant statement about the idea of the ideals of Americana, since the label Ralph Lauren goes hand-in-hand with the idea of conceptual American lifestyle.

What also makes this shoot significant is how the behind-the-scenes footage for CR Fashion Book was captured by Fabien Constant, the director of the Carine Roitfeld documentary which premiered this month in select cities. Although this shoot did get mixed reviews — some thought it was a joke to feature her in such a high profile magazine, with this editor, stylist, and photographer — lest we forget, Carine Roitfeld always pushes the buttons of controversy.

Watch Fabien Constant's video of Kim Kardashian shooting for CR Fashion Book.

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Carine Roitfeld, Kim Kardashian and Karl Lagerfeld photographs courtesy of CR Fashion Book, Fabien Constant, Facebook.

mardi
oct.012013

Mademoiselle C And Beyond

Mademoiselle C and Beyond
By Dara Block

One of the best parts about living in Los Angeles is that you have easy access to films that are not so mainstream. Last week, when I saw that Mademoiselle C was playing on the big screen, I immediately ran to the theatre. I love a good fashion documentary and when you have a storyline based around Carine Roitfeld starting her own magazine... well, you know that is going to be a total fashion extravaganza! I really enjoyed watching the film and rather than giving a detailed plot analysis I thought I would pay close attention to a couple of key moments in the film that I find memorable and inspiring!

First, I must applaud director Fabien Constant for incorporating such visual style in the film. I love the opening of Mademoiselle C with all those glamorous night time shots of New York City and those detailed sartorialist images of various women in high heels. It is very Carine Roitfeld and I am sure she loved those moments, as well. I also liked the music in the film. I read that the band, The Shoes provided the soundtrack for Mademoiselle C and I think there is a great electronic-pop-noir sound that corresponds so well with each scene of the movie.

For a while now, I wondered why Carine Roitfeld left Vogue Paris and I was very intrigued to hear her side of the story and to also see her start from scratch and to brainstorm with her new team at CR Fashion Book. The viewer gets to witness her and Stephen Gan putting together the first issue of her magazine, which was based on the idea of Rebirth. The inspiration came from her daughter Julia's pregnancy and also from Carine herself, as she was in the process of taking on this new project. I guess you could say the first issue was all about new beginnings. I think Carine summed it up best when she said, I gave up my crown to start something new.

I so appreciated how the film went behind the scenes with some of her editorials for the first issue of CR Fashion Book. Personally, I loved seeing the process of how she works when she is on set especially with the layout "A Woman's Life," which was photographed by Sebastian Faena. I have always been intrigued by that image of model Juliet Ingleby wearing that sheer violet veil scarf as she walks through the cemetery with those three girls all dressed in black leather right behind her... that probably has to be one of the best noir chic moments that Carine Roitfeld has ever styled... amazing to see this one being put together!

I also loved seeing the behind-the-scenes of "Lucho and Juliet," which was a fairy tale written and photographed by Tom Ford. As we all know Carine Roitfeld is Tom Ford's muse so we get to see that dynamic creative bond that they share on screen. I think it's great how they both understand each other on such a deep and artistic level. I also love seeing how meticulous Tom Ford is as a photographer... he has quite the eye. The best part of that scene was when Tom Ford included his housemaid in the editorial. It's quite funny to see his housekeeper trying to assimilate with his models. I so love finding out all those tiny details, it definitely adds a little character to the layout.

I also enjoyed going behind the scenes of "Hush Little Baby Don't You Cry." We get to see Carine Roitfeld catch a plane from New York City to Miami and work together on a farm with photographer Bruce Weber and model Kate Upton. It's really fascinating to see her conceive an idea with some goats, models, and newborn babies. I also liked how we got the backstory of the cover with that cute little girl and those rabbit ears holding that newborn child. From watching Mademoiselle C we discover that the baby is actually peeing on her and that is why she had that expression on her face. In addition, I liked the way Carine Roitfeld interacted with that little girl. We see her adjusting her rabbit ears and telling Bruce Weber that she thinks she looks like a young Romy Schneider. It was so delightful seeing Carine Roitfeld in total creative mode... it seemed like everyone that works with her totally responds to her energy and artistic vision.

I think my favorite moment in the film has to be when we see Carine Roitfeld practicing ballet with her instructor. This is a side that we never see of Carine and it was quite intriguing to see her work on her pliés and get down into a full split. Who knew she was that flexible? It's clear that dance and discipline play an important role in her life and I admire that she chose Dance as her next theme for the second issue of CR Fashion Book. Carine Roitfeld beautifully shows that life does indeed imitate art.

As you can see, there are so many key moments in the film and I loved seeing all the behind-the-scenes footage from her first issue of CR Fashion Book. What I appreciated most about the film is the way in which Carine Roitfeld took inspiration from her own life and manifested her vision into such thought provoking editorials that truly go above and beyond. I think Riccardo Tisci summed it up best when he was describing Carine Roitfeld in the film... he said, she loves fashion, she lives fashion, she breathes fashion, she's neoclassic, but still punk. I couldn't agree more. So on that note, if you have not seen the film do yourself a favor and see it. Carine Roitfeld is what true inspiration is all about.

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Carine Roitfeld Mademoiselle C film stills © 2013 Fabien Constant and Cohen Media; courtesy of modelinia.com and untitled-magazine.com. CR Fashion Book images courtesy of crfashionbook.com.

lundi
sept.302013

IWTB Contest Winner: Justine Ariel

IWTB hosted a contest this summer inviting readers to share their thoughts about the sites for a chance to win a prize and I am thrilled to announce the winner of our contest: Justine Ariel! I must admit that Justine's words moved me to tears, I was so happy that she appreciates our genuine approach and her potent reminder, "Don't give up!" came just at the right time. Justine wins a set of four IWTB mugs (Alt, Battaglia, Coppola, Roitfeld); a copy of the book Nostalgia in Vogue; a copy of the limited edition artist's book Alt/Saglio: Quotes + Citations by Wynn Dan; and the ring of her choice from I Heard They Eat Cigarettes. My sincerest thanks to all of the readers that took the time to share their thoughts! Congratulations Justine!

Keep It Real, Don't Give Up
By Justine Ariel

I have been following I Want To Be An Alt and I Want To Be A Battaglia for some time now. But this essay is in response to I Want To Be An Alt. Yes. The difficult, the inscrutable Alt, with those smartly-written editorials and edgy photographs. With those ideals and images that — sometimes — fall short of the institutional fashion mega-star Vogue Paris. Emmanuelle Alt is trying to do something great — and that is to bring the magazine and its readers into her own vision of the 21st century. This means a lot of mistakes, but when it's good, it's really good. And for this reason, my favorite thing about the site is that you don't give up. That's also one of the things I've learned from these women through your sites. And do you know why it's great that you don't give up? Because you aren't afraid to criticize. You aren't afraid to say, "This is disappointing, I'm not sure where Alt is going with this." In an industry based so much on personality — both fashion and fashion blogging industries — it is refreshing to hear an honest opinion that critiques the work of this woman intelligently and thoughtfully. She makes mistakes! We all do. How refreshing is that? But the other side of the coin is, she doesn't give up. Your blog is inspiring for me not just because I get to see the stylish outfits and compelling editorials, but because I'm actually able to understand the endurance of the work of these women (Okay, now I'm talking about ALL of your sites). No one else is showing this, or analyzing it, in such a focused way. And this is why I keep coming back to your sites — because I know I'm going to get articles that discuss the good and the bad, from writers who aren't afraid to to speak their minds. This is important in all disciplines, but much needed in the fashion world. 

That said, my favorite posts are the outfit posts. I feel like they're my treat for reading and understanding the reasons behind editorials and Alt's different visions. Because Emmanuelle Alt is just so damn chic, every time. And it's so refreshing to see that — gasp! — she wears the same clothes to different events. Whereas Carine Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia are known for their eclectic and seemingly endless wardrobes, Emmanuelle Alt is a woman of staples. And I appreciate that. It brings me back to, maybe, what Parisian street style is meant to be. Everyone has their uniform, but it just looks good. I don't know how Emmanuelle Alt's editorship (is that a word?) at Vogue Paris will be remembered — it's too early to tell. But change is refreshing, and, ironically, it's nice to see the same outfits for a change. 

Before I get too caught up in wordplay... Please keep posting great editorials on your site! For those of us living outside of France, a subscription to Vogue Paris is a hefty $180 per year. It's great to see the little gems of the magazine (Vogue Paris: "Tresor National" for example, and the aluminum foil dress in "Couture") and be plugged in to the best of it. What would I change about the site? Well, for me, when I lack inspiration, I change the layout of my site. Maybe give I Want To Be An Alt a makeover. From going super-minimalist to making the post space wider... It might broaden your horizons, open the world! 

In sum, I really think you are doing a great thing. You are a great resource for the best (and worst) of Vogue Paris — the best on the web, so please remember that! There are people out there (me) who really appreciate it. I'm being honest, I'm not just trying to win Alt/Saglio. Although that would also be great. You never know where this site will take you (even if you just go to the magazine stand to buy Vogue Paris who knows, you could meet the love of your life, and/or a puppy) — so my Alt-ian message is: don't give up! I'm a 25-year-old writer and young artist, finding a voice in photography, fashion, and film. Thank you so much for this opportunity! I wish you all the best.

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Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt, Giovanna Battaglia, Sofia Coppola photos via Pure People, Getty Images, Fashion Spot.

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