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Carine Roitfeld: The Gentlewoman

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Vogue Paris February 2003: La Joueuse... Aux Jambes Nues

Vogue Paris February 2003: La joueuse... Aux jambes nues
By Dara Block

I don't know about you, but I always find it fascinating to look back at Carine Roitfeld's history as a stylist and image maker, especially those years in which she was editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris. Since it is February 2013, I thought it would be appropriate to flashback 10 years ago to February 2003 and a provocative editorial she styled that month, entitled "La joueuse...aux jambes nues." For those of you who do not speak French, the title simply translates as "The player… with bare legs." With a title like that you know the editorial is going to be ultra sexy and chic! Let's take an in-depth look inside the pages. 

The editorial was photographed by Mario Testino and features some of spring's hottest looks from 2003. What I find so brilliant about this editorial is that Carine Roitfeld incorporates much of herself into the styling. For Carine Roitfeld, her Russian origins have always been a major source of style inspiration and in this layout you certainly see all that depicted. Louise, the model featured, has a very Carine Roitfeld sensibility mixed in with a Dostoyevsky quality, perhaps like a female heroine in one of his novels. Dostoyevsky happens to be one of Carine Roitfeld's favorite writers… so it's no surprise that she waned to include a subtle Russian literary reference. Just by looking at her, you can tell that Louise embodies a very sexy, strong, yet mysterious way about her... qualities you would definitely find in a female character in a Dostoyevsky novel. I totally admire how Carine Roitfeld blended her Russian heritage and elements of a Dostoyevsky heroine to showcase these cutting-edge spring 2003 looks.

With all that analysis, let's get back to the fashion.... I love the first look featured. Louise looks so chic in her Salvatore Ferragamo black trench coat. The messy hair and smoky eyes work so well together. I definitely see how Carine Roitfeld used herself as inspiration... this look is so her!

I also love the styling of this Rick Owens dress with that sequined Anna Molinari slip-dress placed over... it's an unlikely pairing, but somehow it works in such a mysteriously glam way. Let's also not forget that pose she is giving to the camera. Only Mario Testino could capture such an incognito-chic moment like that. 

Another standout look from the editorial is this soft lavender Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent dress as seen on Louise. The layering and ruffles on this dress are superb. On a side note, this was one of Tom Ford's most memorable YSL collections, so many magazines featured this dress, but I always thought Carine Roitfeld styled it best. She definitely knows how to work and style a Tom Ford creation like no other.... love it when these two collaborate as designer and stylist, such a dynamic bond and style connection they share and this image beautifully shows that!  

The next look featured is a bit risqué, but isn't that why we love Vogue Paris? Louise is seen in an open blouse and fur coat placed over her shoulders. She not only looks confident, but also a bit vulnerable, as well.... love how this image conveys both qualities. You can definitely see that quintessential Carine Roitfeld attitude and style with this photo. Also, in case you cannot tell Louise has purple painted nipples. Yes, only in Vogue Paris can you get away with this racy look, but the idea actually came from Tom Ford! He featured purple painted nipples in his Yves Saint Laurent show that spring season, so it is obvious where Carine Roitfeld took her inspiration.... just leave it to Carine Roitfeld to add something cheeky to catch your attention. 

I can't help but also love this brown Prada silk coat featured on Louise.... the silhouette is perfection! It's not just the jacket, but also her body composition. I totally admire her stance and the way it contrasts with that lavender background. That is actually another hidden Tom Ford influence. His runway set for YSL that season was also lavender. It is quite interesting how Carine Roitfeld even took inspiration from the setting. There are so many tiny details with this layout that it make it so visually stimulating.... I guess inspiration really is everywhere! 

The next look probably has to be my favorite look from the editorial.... who could ever forget this silk kimono bathrobe from Tom Ford's Gucci spring/summer 2003 collection? This was such an iconic season that I still think it about to this day. I so love how cutting-edge and glamourous she looks with her messy hair and purple eyeshadow. That kimono is the perfect complement and I so appreciate the humor and wit of that flower placed over her breast.... très chic! 

Personally, I love the way the editorial ends. Louise looks very alluring in her Valentino sheer black dress. The body language and look in her eyes completely oozes glamour and sex appeal... what Carine Roitfeld does best.

As we can see, it's always a revelation to look back on Carine Roitfeld's days at Vogue Paris. Interesting how with time her editorials have not aged at all... they still look just as fashion forward as they did 10 years ago... I am not sure how she does it, but it certainly is very inspiring! Spring/Summer 2003 will never be forgotten and this editorial proves it, brava Carine!

More from Vogue Paris February 2003

Vogue Paris February 2003: Carine. Emmanuelle. Anastasia. Marie-Amélie.
By Kellina de Boer

Vogue Paris February 2003: Gang Lang
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CR Fashion Book: A Woman's Life

CR Fashion Book: A Woman's Life
By Renee Hernandez

There is something alluring and magnetic about Carine Roitfeld. Although it's hard to describe this feeling, my mind is always hungry to absorb anything she creates. I love how obsession fuels her creativity. Her new magazine, CR Fashion Book, is a place for her to share her obsessions. In her note to the reader she describes the way she is swept into an obsession, “When something is consuming your thoughts, you suddenly notice it everywhere. When I learned that my daughter, Julia, was expecting, I immediately began seeing babies and new mothers on planes, at fashion shows, in New York and in Paris. Birth and rebirth all around. I became obsessed.” The first issue, “Rebirth,” is a fantasy fueled fashion journey celebrating beginnings, renewal, and family.

My favorite editorial is “A Woman’s Life” photographed by Sebastian Faena, styled by CR, starring Juliet Ingleby, Daniela Braga, Magda Languinge, Stef Van Der Laan, Saskia de Brauw, Clément Chabernaud, Lara Stone, and Aiden Shaw. This high drama story depicts all the stages of a woman’s life: Birth, Childhood, Adolescence, First Lover, The Spirit, Betrayal, Sisterhood, Despair, Rebirth. Each image is thought provoking with a notable dose of CR shock value, of course. What I especially love is the sentimental groove to this story combined with a surreal quality to life. Recognizing yourself in each stage and interpreting the story in your own way.

Carine Roitfeld can make an obsession iconic, which is why I am in awe of her.

More from CR Fashion Book Issue 1: Rebirth

CR Fashion Book: Elsa
By Bernie Rothschild

CR Fashion Book: High On Rebellion
By Jessica Eritou

CR Fashion Book: Hush Little Baby, Don't You Cry
By Kate Ringo Suzuki

Inside the Pages of CR
By Dara Block

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Vogue Paris February 2003

February is a satisfying month for fans of Carine Roitfeld with the release of her second issue of CR Fashion Book and her first issue as global fashion director for Harper's Bazaar. I thought it would be interesting to look back at Carine's work from exactly a decade ago, the February 2003 issue of Vogue Paris. The IWTBAR team will review pieces from the issue throughout the month beginning with this fun look at the preferences of the VP team, fondly known as the French Voguettes. Styled by four different assistants and photographed by Thomas LaGrange, each page examines the individual aesthetic of one of the top Vogue Paris editors at the time: Carine. Emmanuelle. Anastasia. Marie-Amélie. Which is your favorite?

More from Vogue Paris February 2003

Vogue Paris February 2003: Gang Lang
By Kellina de Boer

Vogue Paris February 2003: La Joueuse... Aux Jambes Nues
By Dara Block

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IWTB Interview: Dara Block

I am delighted to present this interview with Dara Block, editor-at-large for I Want To Be A Roitfeld and I Want To Be A Coppola, as well as curator of the blog she maintains with her sister, Sisters in Black Frocks. Dara's constant creativity, vision, and enthusiasm are an inspiration to many and it is my pleasure to share with you more about her life now.

You meet randomly and regularly with royalty and creative geniuses wherever you travel. What can you share with us about your encounters? What are a few of your favorite places to travel? I know you discover fashion treasures on your journeys as well, what are a few of the standout pieces you've collected from around the world?

Such an interesting question to start with. To be honest, I think it is just timing and a little bit of luck. I have been an observer my whole life and wherever I go I am always conscious of the people around me. I have always been fascinated by creative individuals whether in fashion, film, or in any artistic field and it is not just in front of the camera but behind the scenes, as well. Recently, I have had some really amazing encounters. Just this July, I had the pleasure of chatting with Charlotte Casiraghi, who is the current Gucci model and granddaughter of legendary actress Grace Kelly. Also, last year I had an interesting conversation with photographer and current YSL designer Hedi Slimane. Oddly enough, I was wearing the same Missoni kaftan in both photos... perhaps, it is my good luck charm kaftan-dress! One of my very favorite moments was when I met artist and director Julian Schnabel. Not only do I admire his work as a painter-director, but also his personal style, too. I was so happy the day he signed this book-photograph for me at a screening for his 2007 film Le scaphandre et le papillon. The composition of this photo and his signature look so beautiful together.... a total work of art in penmanship!

I have been so lucky to travel and to see so many countries throughout the years, but I think one of my favorite cities has to be Vienna. I love Austrian art and I am always inspired by early 20th century painters like Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. For culture, fashion, and people watching I love New York City. It truly is a total melting pot of style and I love how I am continuously inspired by this city. I also love London for being so innovative with fashion and technology. Finally, for a more relaxing getaway I love St. Bart's. It is the perfect island for people who hate the sun, like myself. The shopping is pretty incredible and I love all the unique boutiques on the island.

By far, the best part about traveling is finding key pieces for your wardrobe. First, I must start with my orange Missoni kaftan (as seen in the photos with Slimane and Casiraghi). I found it in 2003 while vacationing in St. Barts. This is probably one of the best investment pieces ever. It is so comfy-chic and not a summer goes by without me wearing it. Also, in 2009 while in New York City I purchased an Issey Miyake Bilbao bag at the Pleats Please boutique in SoHo. I love this purse so much, it is not only a good day bag, but it is equally perfect for night, as well. Finally, back in 2001 while vintage shopping in Los Angeles, I stumbled upon a 1968 Lanvin dress. This probably has to be one of my favorite finds ever and interestingly Catherine Deneuve wore the same dress when she posed for Vogue back in the 60s and she even featured it as one of her personal favorites in her January 2004 guest editor issue of Vogue Paris.

Dance, fashion, illustration, writing — your vivid imagination and your creative ability know no bounds, from teeth to puzzles to video productions, and everything in between, you are such a fascinating person. How did your creative interests germinate? What media were you first attracted to as a child? Do you have any early images you would like to show? Name a few of your primary influences for us. The Dara Block top 10!

My creative interests started at the age of 9, when my mom bought me my first ever Harper's Bazaar magazine, which was the September 1992 issue. The cover featured supermodel Linda Evangelista and I still to this day have this issue in my archives. I remember being completely inspired by the then editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis and her vision for the magazine. I also was very much inspired by my sister growing up. She always encouraged me to keep a sketchbook and she taught me about the art of collage, illustration, as well as teaching me about the elements of finding your own personal style. My parents have also played an important creative role in my life. Both are such visionaries in architecture, home design, and jewelry making. They taught me from a young age how imagination is way more important than knowledge.

As a child I loved fashion magazines...W magazine, Interview, Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue from every country, particularly Paris and Italy. I also grew up loving 90s MTV, Fashion File with Tim Blanks, Sundance Channel and IFC, as well as a love for foreign films. Here are my top 10 influences:

1. Carine Roitfeld's first ever issue of Vogue Paris from February of 2001... amazing styling and such a cutting edge issue.

2. Pedro Almodóvar's 1999 film Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About my Mother) — brilliant direction and use of color, particularly red tones.

3. Cindy Crawford and MTV's "House of Style"this show taught me so much about the importance of individual style.

4. Dancer/choreography Pina Bausch... the way she blended fashion, dance, theatre was truly unique and inspiring

5. Madonna's Ray of Light album.... love that electronic sound produced by William Orbit as well as the photographs of Madonna exquisitely captured by Mario Testino! 

6. Björk's Pagan Poetry video directed by Nick Knight... controversial, avant-garde, and full-out fashion by the late Alexander McQueen... no surprise it was banned in America!

7. Bernardo Bertolucci's 1996 film Stealing Beauty.... love the look and style of this film, Italian bohemian chic at its finest!

8. Jigsaw puzzles — here I am putting together my limited edition Steven Meisel Vogue Italia December 2007 puzzle.

9. Photographer Guy Bourdin — he was totally ahead of his time as far as subject matter and colors go...

10. Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele — he transformed the human figure and exaggerated the body in such a unique, profound, and original way!

Your marvelous fashion archives endlessly intrigue and astonish me. At what age did you begin collecting magazines? How do you store them? Any tips for organizing? When do you anticipate completing your Vogue Table? Highlights among your collection? We'd love to see photos from your glorious fashion library....

I began collecting fashion magazines at age 9. It is something that I cannot really describe, it is just something that I do. I love visual inspiration and the fantasy and magic that happens when you skim through a magazine. I must admit that my archives are endless and I am blessed to have lots of shelves to store them in. I anticipate that my Vogue table will be done any day now. It is really a great way to build your magazines into a table. The key is finding the perfect four covers for the four legs of your table.

Some of my highlights of my collection would have to be my November 2008 issue of Vogue Paris with Vanessa Paradis... such an amazing-vibrant red cover beautifully captured by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott!

I am currently loving the July 2005 issue of US Vogue with Kate Winslet photographed by Mario Testino. A beautiful example of how to look incognito chic.

I so admire this Mario Sorrenti image of Kate Moss from the Harper's Bazaar December 1997 issue.... love the colors and Kate Moss' body expression. Of course, there are so many more to mention, but as of now, these are my current photo inspirations!

You and your sister curate a blog titled Sisters in Black Frocks, which is a constant source of inspiration for me, I so love being able to see the world through your eyes. How did Sisters in Black Frocks begin?

Sisters in Black Frocks started in January of 2009. Originally, it was my sister's idea. She even came up with the quirky and interesting title. We basically started it as a fun blog for inspirational ideas. We are both continuously influenced by film, fashion, music, and other various forms of style and we try to incorporate how these concepts have inspired our everyday lives. The blog was a challenge at first, but together as sisters and as the years go on, we find that our ideas keep flourishing.

Favorite Flower: Hydrangea

Favorite Beverage: Moroccan Mint Tea

Favorite Guilty Pleasure: The Bravo network

Favorite Illustrator: David Downton

Favorite Lip Product: Rouge d'Armani #400

Favorite Magazine: It is a tie between Vogue Italia and Interview Magazine 

Favorite Opening Scene from a film: The opening scene from Pedro Almodóvar's 2002 film Hable Con Ella (Talk to Her)

Favorite Quote: "Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions" Albert Einstein

Favorite Name: Harper

Favorite you wished I asked: Favorite Designer... my answer would have to be Norma Kamali. Love her sporty-chic approach to style! :)

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