I Want To Be A Roitfeld

Kellina de Boer

Dara Block

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

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Mademoiselle C

Mademoiselle C (2013)
Directed by Fabien Constant

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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


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I Want To Be An Alt

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Carine Roitfeld: Mosaiques Orientales

In the editorial "Mosaïques Orientales,” Carine Roitfeld teamed with supermodel Helena Christensen and photographer Friedemann Hauss for the June 1990 issue of ELLE France and it looks a lot like The Night Porter filmed against the backdrop of the cavern of Ali Baba. I love the names that Carine imagined for each of the photos: “La préféré du sultan”... “Shéhérazade 90”... “ Divine”... “Les motifs font impression”... Helena Christensen is radiant amongst a mélange of jewelry and treasured tile as fashion and art blend to form a memorable mosaic against the blue sky.

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Carine Roitfeld for ELLE France © 1990 Condé Nast and courtesy of automne-roi20.livejournal.com via Fashion Spot.


Relating To Carine Roitfeld

I am happy to introduce another winning essay from our The Little Black Jacket contest — “Relating To Carine Roitfeld” by Jessica Eritou. She is truly inspired by Carine Roitfeld: she finds the motivation to pursue dreams that she once thought unattainable by emulating Carine's kinder and gentler approach to fashion. Many thanks, Jessica, for sharing your passion!

Relating To Carine Roitfeld
By Jessica Eritou

I find fashion intimidating. It is intimidating from the notion of if you have taste or if you do not — you are born with or without it. Carine Roitfeld helped me ease into the fashion world, making it not such a scary place after all.

When I was much younger, I would look up to older girls in awe of what they would wear and try to emulate it similarly with the hand-me-downs sent from my cousins. Usually they were elasticized denim leggings or crewneck sweaters. I dreamed of the day my Nike tracksuits would be as cool as the girls in the upper grades wearing Club Monaco sweatshirts.

Now I do merchandising at one of Canada's higher end retailers while I am working on my degree to later work in the industry. But at the beginning of this, I thought this was as far as I could get and I would never dream of meeting anyone who is anyone.

Being from Canada, fashion was never considered important or emulated yet I had the urge to be a part of it. Thankfully I could escape with Fashion Television in the afternoons and watch Jeanne Beker go backstage at Gucci to see Tom, or congratulate John at Dior (which I could never relate to), or thank Marc (back in his Coke bottle glasses days) for a great collection. From then on, I knew I wanted to be a part of the fashion world, but it seemed so exclusive and inaccessible. Everything looked to be extravagant and deemed “cold” like Anna Wintour's alleged personality.

Before I could never relate to the cold glares coming from the first row at fashion shows. Fashion to me is not something that you should hide with your emotions. It is an outlet. It is freedom to show your thoughts, ideas, and imagination. I think the giddiest I have been was when I saw Carine at the latest Dior show (being a fan of Raf since I was 16 or so and he was at Jil Sander).

It was not until I discovered Carine Roitfeld that I felt I could be part of the fashion world. Carine's effortless and refined style was relatable to me. I could connect with someone with such a prestigious career who does not look like the catwalks of Galliano-era Dior, or McQueen at McQueen. Her maximal minimalist style was what I found so endearing in the first place. Here is her sweet, genuine, charming, and gracious personality which is still chic and can still do a great job styling and being an editor at Vogue (at the time). In her shoots or her campaigns, I can always connect with her ideas, her impressions, and her overall aesthetic which keeps me motivated to become even better at my current job in merchandising which funds all of my schooling. Because of Carine, I continue my path to apply to graduate studies in fashion in hopes of styling and journalism.

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Carine Roitfeld photograph courtesy of Fashion Spot.


Review: The Little Black Jacket

Extra special thanks to Sarra Salib, the winner of our The Little Black Jacket contest, for her review of the book which appears below. If you have not had a chance to see this book in person yet, I definitely recommend you do so, the stark layout and the quality materials support the elegant images perfectly.

Review: The Little Black Jacket
By Sarra Salib

It would be an understatement to claim that a Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld collaboration is legendary. Revamping Coco Chanel’s classic design is a challenging task; however, this explosive combination of creative minds had the ability to transform the jacket from its simple yet elegant reality to the most fanciful of fantasies. The result is images that are unabashedly clean and stark, dark and romantic.

Perhaps my favorite element of The Little Black Jacket is the unrestraint of each individual’s personality. From Vladimir’s rather stoic and elusive expression to Akuol De Mabior’s African heritage, each person’s individuality remains intact to the very last image. With Carine’s brilliant styling and Karl’s dramatic photography, the jacket never overpowers the individual’s spirit, but rather becomes a means to illuminate it. This crucial element takes a tongue-in-cheek turn when the Anna Wintour image hits. The signature bob, the jacket propped on the shoulders just so, the austere pose. Description is still provided just in case someone is at a loss as to who this character might be.

The Little Black Jacket’s milky way of model repertoire runs the gamut: actors, models, designers, adults, children, musicians, talk show hosts, men and women alike. Carine and Karl don’t discriminate. They prove that one garment can pass the test of versatility and have the ability to be dressed up or down. They also throw convention out the door. The jacket doesn’t have to be worn just as a jacket. It can be worn as a skirt, as a headpiece, or simply wrapped around your top if you are willing to be daring. Individuality and Freedom. What else could anyone want?

The Little Black Jacket is a classic and is undoubtedly leaving an indelible mark in the fashion world. Its 113 towering images maintain a duplicity of complexity and simplicity that brings modernity to an item that has been around for ages. Bravo Carine and Karl.

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The Little Black Jacket book images © 2012 Chanel. All Rights Reserved.


Carine Roitfeld: La Petite Veste Noire Paris

"The Little Black Jacket" opened in Paris last week at the Grand Palais, displaying the elegant black and white portraits that are collected in the book of the same name by Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld. Among the chic guests celebrating the launch were Anja Rubik, Laetitia Casta, Daphne Guinness, Haider Ackermann, Charlotte Casiraghi, Maïwenn, Caroline de Maigret, Aymeline Valade, Sigrid Agren, and Theophilus London. After the reception, guests enjoyed a private performance by Frank Ocean at the Mini-Palais. "The Little Black Jacket" exhibit will be open to the public at the Grand Palais from 10 to 25 November.

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Carine Roitfeld photographs © 2012 Olivier Borde/Best Image, PacificCoastNews.com, thefrontrowview.com, fashionweekdaily.com, chanel-news.chanel.com, purepeople.com, Getty Images, instagram.com/francistenenbaum, mixbeat.tumblr.com. All Rights Reserved.


Carine Roitfeld For Dior For Printemps Holiday 2012

Dior and Printemps have collaborated to create a sparkling new advertising campaign for the holiday season as styled by Carine Roitfeld, art directed by Stephen Gan, and photographed by Mario Testino. The campaign stars Carolyn Murphy and Sui He wearing Dior couture with the Printemps flagship store and the Eiffel Tower serving as background. The whimsical window display at Printemps will feature twelve mechanical puppets dressed by the Dior couturiers in the most iconic looks of the house although I am not sure if Carine was involved in this facet of the project.

Paolo de Cesare, Printemps chairman and chief executive officer, is pleased with the results: “It has been one of the most creative collaborations we have done with brands, and I think it’s really setting the standard of what’s possible between brands and a department store. We wanted to do something that could capture this excitement, this energy and also a bit of this unexpected collaboration and moment that we’re bringing together.” Watch for print and outdoor advertising images to appear beginning 15 November.

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Dior for Printemps advertising campaign images © 2012 Dior and Printemps. All Rights Reserved.