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Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld: Merci Mercy

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Gilbert & George, "Lover" (2011)

I so admire the decisions that Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld has made as he grows his art dealership, most recently partnering with Christine Messineo, director of the Bortolami Gallery in New York, to curate a show uniting 35 artists entitled Merci Mercy. Taking its name from a work by Louise Bourgeois, Vladimir's latest ambitious project aims to examine language and text in contemporary works of art by Darren Almond, Dirk Bell, Mark Bradford, Mel Bochner, Louise Bourgeois, Sophie Calle, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Peter Davies, Sam Durant, Tracey Emin, Nikolas Gambaroff, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Jenny Holzer, Rashid Johnson, Scott King, Christopher Knowles, Michael Krebber, Sean Landers, Jason Loebs, Charles Mayton, Harland Miller, Philippe Parreno, Jack Pierson, Ry Rocklen, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Ben Schumacher, Gary Simmons, Lucien Smith, Dash Snow, Kon Trubkovich, and Aaron Young. Vladimir explains how the idea for the show germinated: “I was looking for a new concept to develop and discovered that many of the artists I like use text in a systematic way. It was a good opportunity to bridge the artists I love with those I’m less familiar with and contextualize them in a way that made sense.” Merci Mercy is open to the public through 17 February at 980 Madison Avenue.

Louise Bourgeois, "Merci, Mercy" (1999)

Aaron Young, "Untitled (breaking the law)" (2008)

Lucien Smith, "Untitled (Tumbleweed)" (2013)

Jack Pierson, “Abstract # 10” (2008)

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Merci Mercy exhibit images courtesy of Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, galleristny.com, musemagazine.it, twitter.com


Roitfeld Style Tip: A Perfect Fit

While we recognize that Carine Roitfeld practices the art of imperfection, we must note one area of her life in which she refuses to waver from perfection — the fit of her clothing. Every garment that Carine wears is tailored to fit her body precisely and this attention to detail is one major factor in her ever so chic style. She explains her quest for sartorial perfection thusly: "I don't like the word comfort. Me, I like to be fitted. I like to fill my body into clothes. I don't like it when it looks a bit squishy. I never like it… It is my biggest fantasy to have everything fit perfectly. In fact I give everything an alteration. I have made my jeans shorter, all my skirts the right length and anything else that doesn’t fit — I fix… Everything I have I take to be altered because nothing is perfect or exactly the right length… My shop to touch up garments, Styl'up. I bring them all my clothing so that they fit perfectly!" Interestingly, the proclivity for the perfect fit is hereditary as The New York Times observed: "On a recent morning, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld — tall, dark and 27, impeccably dressed in jeans and a perfectly tailored tweed jacket…"

If you want to dress like a Roitfeld, strive for sartorial perfection: 

  • Abandon the notion of comfort; squishy is out.
  • Find a quality tailor that you trust.
  • Know your measurements.
  • Settle for nothing less than a perfect fit in every piece you wear.

Carine Roitfeld photographs © 2012 Condé Nast and courtesy of Fashion Spot, maydele.blogspot.com, and altamiranyc.blogspot.com.


Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld: Hue + Cry

The Roitfelds hosted amazing parties on two continents this week, first with Carine's Black Tie, Smoky Eye celebration to close Paris Fashion Week and then continuing on Manhattan's Upper East Side with Vladimir's Hue + Cry opening at Sotheby's. Clearly stamina is required if you want to be a Roitfeld...

Hue + Cry, A Selling Exhibition Curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld features 30 works by 20 artists, largely unknown, at private-treaty prices that range from $10,000 to upwards of $1,000,000. When asked why he chose the title Hue + Cry, Vladimir replied: “It’s all about powerful brush strokes and distinctive works and looking at them can have a very strong emotional reaction. Many many years ago you could ‘hue’ of joy, and you can also cry of joy. It’s about playing with the terms. When you’re looking at it, it’s so beautiful that you can hue or you can cry.” The artists for sale, should you hue, are Allora & Calzadilla, Ali Banisadr, Kadar Brock, Cecily Brown, Francesca DiMattio, Rob Fischer, Michel Francois, Daniel Hesidence, Jacqueline Humphries, Rosy Keyser, Robert Melee, Jin Meyerson, Joan Mitchell, Albert Oehlen, Angel Otero, Nicolas Pol, Ugo Rondinone, Jackie Saccoccio, and Wendy White. The exhibit is open to the public through 21 October.

Elaborating on the concept behind Hue + Cry and how it developed, Roitfeld shared: "The original idea of this show was to do a whole female artist exhibit, with Joan Mitchell, Cecily Brown, Jacqueline Humphries, Rosy Keyser, Francesca DiMattio, and to show a relationship between the different generations, connecting the dots. The fact that the show was all female artists became the main focus and so we decided to incorporate male artists to the list… In a networked age of following and sharing — of 'pinning,' 'tweeting,' and 'liking' virtual images of fleeting consequence — Hue + Cry strives to lead with the first embodied principles of painting and sculpture. Always physical and tactile, the tools remain simple, the colors a vivid spectrum, and the results infinitely variable as each of the twenty artists gathered here strives to ignite their own interior light… It’s good; it’s good to do a little bit of everything, you know? Working with such an important institution for me is a huge opportunity.”

On hand to support Vladimir and the event were his parents, Christian Restoin and Carine Roitfeld in Givenchy, girlfriend Giovanna Battaglia in Dolce & Gabbana with a collar necklace by Marni, Stavros Niarchos, Jessica Hart, Stephen Gan, Sante D’Orazio, Vito Schnabel, Michael Avedon, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Andrew Kreps, Leo Koenig, Augusto Arbizo, Maayan Zilberman, Stacey Bendet, Aby Rosen, and Kim Heirston. Guests enjoyed passed pigs in a blanket and sauvignon blanc as well as an open bar while viewing the work. The art obviously had his mother and girlfriend huing of joy, Carine gushed: "The show really looks like him, doesn’t it?" and Giovanna observed with pride: “This is such a prestigious location. Every time Vlad does something, it’s different and a step ahead.” The evening ended with a private dinner for guests at Casa Lever.

If you are in the market for contemporary art, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld is obviously the man to call. Thanks to GalleristNY, here is a sample of the art for sale via Sotheby's:

Nicolas Pol
"Charogne Mountain"
Oil on canvas

Albert Oehlen
Acrylic and oil on canvas

Rob Fischer
"Bird in Space (All of a Twist)"
Polished aluminum airplane propeller and granite pedestal

Angel Otero
"Victory (SK-HF) (Poussin Series)"
Oil and oil paint skins collaged on canvas

Francesca DiMattio
China paint and underglaze on porcelain

Ali Banisadr
Oil on linen

Allora & Calzadilla
"Solar Catastrophe"
Broken solar panel fragments, collage on linen and solid-faced aluminum stretcher

View the entire catalog for Hue + Cry, A Selling Exhibition Curated by Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld et al photographs © 2012 Condé Nast and courtesy of galleristyny.com.


The Roitfelds At New York Fashion Week

Carine Roitfeld, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld at New York Fashion Week photographs courtesy of Condé Nast, Getty Images, bfanyc.com, patrickmcmullan.com, tumblr, hauteliving.com, purple.fr, weartrends.com, examiner.com, gotham-magazine.com, wwd.com, kansascity.com, paulwilmotcommunications.tumblr.com, Steve Eichner, net-a-porter.nowmanifest.com.


CR Fashion Book: Le Frick, C'Est Chic

I had the pleasure of seeing Carine Roitfeld for the first time ever and I have decided to share the adventure with you, sparing little of the fabulous detail. My wonderful beau, Michael, and I met up with Kate Ringo Suzuki, Renee Hernandez, and Sartorial Girl for drinks during Fashion Week in New York and of course the conversation shifted to Carine Roitfeld almost immediately. I mentioned that the secret location for the CR Fashion Book launch party was the Frick, which happened to be taking place that night. After much convincing from the group, I agreed to stalk Carine which, contrary to rumor, I had never done before.

We started our stakeout with hors d’œuvres and cocktails at The Mark, the hotel where Carine was staying according to The New York Times. Although we knew she would have already departed for her party, we wanted to get into the CR groove and, well, those sliders are incroyable. As is the chic tiled foyer, je l'adore.

We then cabbed downtown to the Frick and as we alighted from our car, I was delighted to notice four Mercedes emblazoned with her signature CR — brown, white, grey, black — all idling curbside. Carine was here! And it looked as if she would make her exit shortly! We giggled excitedly, the only CR groupies in sight.

As we waited, we were treated to watching various guests examine a display copy of CR Fashion Book while sitting in the front seat of the lead Mercedes, obviously fulfilling a marketing requirement as the flashbulbs snapped. I managed to coax a huge smile from Anna Dello Russo with my excited shout, "Anna, bellissima!" as she emerged from the CR Mercedes. Andre J was another crowd pleaser.

A few minutes later, I asked Natalie Hazard (the woman in charge of the publicity vehicles) if we could look at the display copy of CR Fashion Book. She replied, "You just want to look at one?" No, of course I would prefer to buy one. She said we could buy as many as we wanted for $20 each! I ran back to the group and the $20s flew into my hand... We scored CR Fashion Book five days in advance at the launch party at the Frick, and saved on the enormous cost of postage, truly amazing.

Then came the moments we had all been waiting for... First Monsieur Christian Restoin appeared in front of me and I gasped in recognition. Carine's partner in real life! She is really here! She will likely exit from the same door! Mon dieu! My hair! Why this weather on this day?! What the Frick?!

Soon after followed Vladimir! I hope I didn't startle him too badly with my intense gaze. It was strange listening to him talk with his friends, the whole experience was entirely surreal, like the pages of style.com come to life... There's Derek Blasberg... It's Richard Chai... Lily Donaldson... Mario Sorrenti… Waris Ahluwalia… I must confess that I saw Julia only from the back, I did not recognize her in person.

Next Giovanna Battaglia danced down the stairs of the Frick, posing at the bottom as if just for me. Gio is absolutely stunning in real life, her beauty is breathtaking; I hope she did not notice my gasp. Dressed in black lace and a green headband, she seemed anxious to move on to the next party.

Finally came the pièce de résistance — Carine Roitfeld made her way to the door and stood at the top of the stairs, luminous even in the dim lighting, before descending to the sidewalk and the car awaiting her. Carine gleams in real life, as if a light shines from within, and she was kind enough to stop and pose for photographers before making her grand exit. Quelle nuit !

I was also thrilled to bump into two of the coolest men in media: Fabien Constant, the director of Mademoiselle C., the forthcoming documentary about Carine Roitfeld and the creation of CR Fashion Book; and Brent Murray, one of three photographers admitted access to the event, who kindly permitted me to publish his adorable photograph of Carine and Vladimir which leads off this story — merci mille fois, Monsieur Murray! The other images accompanying the story are mine, such as they are, given the lighting, the weather, and my enormous excitement. Thanks to all for an unforgettable evening!

Carine Roitfeld and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld photograph © 2012 Brent Murray. Carine Roitfeld et al photographs © 2012 Kellina de Boer. All Rights Reserved.

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