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samedi
déc.082012

Carine Roitfeld: H.R.H. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Carine Roitfeld joined forces with Mario Testino to create “H.R.H. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” for The Face and she talks about the inspiration behind this editorial: “When I see this English girl, I thought ‘She looks like Princess Anne.’ It’s a bit sad, because when we did this story, Diana was still alive; now it’s a bit trickier but at the time, we were thinking ‘Diana, Fergie — now it’s Anne’s time!’” It is actually a bit spooky, or bizarrely prescient… This “heartfelt tribute to the Princess Royal” by Roitfeld and Testino was published in July 1997, as were Testino’s portraits of Diana for Vanity Fair, widely considered the turning point of his career. Princess Diana passed away on 31 August 1997. Eery, I know. I love the stylist’s choices for the shoot, the clothing and accessories are brilliant, particularly the use of her own royal sash, vive Queen Carine.

  • White hand-painted t-shirt by APC; black trousers by Vivienne Westwood; pearl necklace by Dary’s; crocodile handbag from Parisian flea market.
  • Pink sleeveless chiffon blouse and check shirt by Martine Sitbon; diamond tiara, £2.5 million, by Real Jewelry By Gianni Versace; red sash stylist’s own.
  • White chiffon shirt, black and white dogtooth trousers and beaded necklace by Christian Dior Haute Couture.
  • White cotton shirt by Polo Sport; red check split skirt by Eric Bergere; pearl necklace by Dary’s.
  • Dress and shoes by Helmut Lang; feather headdress by Philip Treacy for W< crocodile bag from Parisian flea market.
  • Red shirt by Equipment; multicolored scarf by Yves Saint Laurent; riding hat by WH Gidden.

Also from 1997
"Chic" Visionaire #22
"Esprit Tribu" Jalouse No. 4
"The Butcher" The Face
"Naughty Parisian Maid" The Face

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The Face editorial images © 1997 The Face. All Rights Reserved.

vendredi
déc.072012

Carine Roitfeld For Visionaire 18

Visionaire devoted their eighteenth issue to fashion in 1996 and the 2,500 copies of the numbered limited edition sold out within three weeks of publication. Packaged in a monogrammed leather portfolio created especially for the magazine by Louis Vuitton, Visionaire 18 included the work of many of the fashion world's most innovative and influential designers and image-makers. Of course Carine Roitfeld was involved, she and Mario Testino contributed the two shots of Mary Jo Peace seen here. Among the other visionaries featured were Nan Goldin, Juergen Teller, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Alexi Tan, Nathaniel Goldberg, Luis Sanchis, Miles Aldridge, Ellen von Unwerth, and Christophe Rihet; visit the gallery for more stunning images from Visionaire 18.

Also from 1996
"Death of a Boxer" Arena Homme +
"Le Petit Prince est de Retour" Vogue Paris
"Yves Gauche" The Face

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Visionaire editorial images © 1996 Visionaire Publishing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

jeudi
déc.062012

Carine Roitfeld: Ma Poulette Quel Style!

Before ruling the roost at Vogue Paris, Carine Roitfeld was employed as a freelance stylist with the magazine, creating memorable work such as this editorial from the February 1995 issue, “Ma Poulette Quel Style!” (or in English, "My little hen, what style!”). The little hen in question is Meghan Douglas; with brilliant red hair the color of a cock’s comb, I can see how Carine was inspired. Julien d'Ys did a masterful job of styling her hair and Stéphane Marais was impeccable with her makeup while Mario Testino worked his magic behind the lens. Carine describes the story we see: “John Galliano pratique la mode sans forcément se soucier de son aspect pratique. Il propose un rêve ambulant : l'égérie en pied-de-poule, la déesse en piqué blanc. Une nouvelle façon d'être sublime.” or in English, “John Galliano practices fashion without necessarily worrying about its practicality. He offers a walking dream: the muse in houndstooth, the goddess in white piqué. A new way to be sublime.” Carine Roitfeld knows what we want every time — a new way to be sublime. Rooster chic? I say cock-a-doodle-do.

Also from 1995
"Séville en mantille" Vogue Paris

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Vogue Paris editorial © 1995 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.

mercredi
déc.052012

Carine Roitfeld: John Galliano

In 1994, John Galliano was named British Designer of the Year† and he went on to replace Hubert de Givenchy shortly afterwards. Of course Carine Roitfeld recognizes genius when she sees it and she styled the editorial "John Galliano" for the February 1994 issue of French Glamour to celebrate his most recent collection at the time. I applaud the juxtaposition of the pretty and the punk in the editorial which was photographed by Paolo Roversi. In Carine's words, "John Galliano: La Mode Comme un Roman — John Galliano, le plus style et le plus extrémiste des stylistes anglais, pirate les grands mythes de la mode avec une sophistication haute couture. Fidèlement adaptée du dernier défile, l'édifiante histoire de Thérésa, jeune aristocrate chassée de Russie par la révolution." or in English, "John Galliano: Fashion As a Romanesque — John Galliano, the highest and the most extreme style of the British designers, pirate of the great myths of fashion with an haute couture sophistication. Faithfully adapted from the last show, the edifying story of Teresa, a young aristocrat driven by the Russian revolution."

John Galliano also won British Designer of the Year in 1987 and 1995.

Also from 1994
"Néo-moderne" Glamour France
"Cocktail" Vogue Paris

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French Glamour February 1994 editorial © 1994 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.

mardi
déc.042012

Carine Roitfeld: In Peru

In August 1993, Carine Roitfeld collaborated with photographer Mario Testino and supermodel Helena Christensen to create one of her most famous editorials for French Glamour, "Au Pérou, chez les Incas," (or in English, "In Peru, home of the Incas"). The shoot pays tribute to the style of Martin Chambi who was renowned for his photographs documenting the provincial society of Peru at the turn of the 20th century. Interestingly, both Testino and Christensen have roots in Peru: Mario was born in the capital city of Lima and Helena's mother is of Peruvian descent.

In another familial connection, Christensen wore a sweater that belonged to Carine's father for one of the shots. As La Roitfeld explains, "My life is mixed with my work, so there’s no weekend, it’s everything mixed — fashion and life. I have a picture of my dad where he is wearing a Peruvian sweater and then we have Helena Christensen wearing the same sweater in a fashion shoot for French Glamour in Peru. Everything is mixed. I think this is charming. It’s something personal."

Also from 1993
"Gold Rush" Marie Claire
"Sacrée Christy" Glamour France

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French Glamour August 1993 editorial © 1993 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.