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Discovering Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld

The Italian magazine Panorama published an intriguing interview with Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld in which he candidly discusses his family, his life in New York, and his relationship with art. Grazie mille to Francesca Berti for her translation of the interview from Italian to English for more of us to enjoy.

Vladimir Roitfeld — Discovering new talent never goes out of fashion
Discover Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, 28 years old, son of Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris

He never laughs, even at the request of the photographer, but then he betrays a certain insecurity when he asks: “Did you expect a bigger office?” The office in question is that of Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, 28 years old, son of Carine Roitfeld, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and queen bee of fashion, and of the creative Christian Restoin. An apartment, yes, but on the Upper East Side of New York, the city in which he has lived for four years to discover artistic talents and promote them.

In his English there is no trace of the accent of his mother tongue, French. He attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he studied film and worked for two years as an assistant producer. “But I was disappointed by that world when I understood that everything was moving just for money.” Vladimir and the Italian socialite and stylist Giovanna Battaglia as a couple represent the new generation of frequently photographed offspring (their first kiss, in 2009, made the rounds of fashion blogs around the world). Vladimir drinks American coffee without sugar in a paper cup sitting at a glass desk on which he has only a Mac laptop, a box of Kleenex, and some art magazines. When he speaks he keeps his fingers crossed, as if there he would find the concentration. And the image of being a bit cold that he wants to portray of himself is betrayed by a spontaneous kindness.

The best tip that has been given to you by your family?
Every day I hear my father on the telephone and he repeats to me as a mantra: you have to work hard to succeed.

You were born already lucky.
My father says this also: with the right friendships you may have a free pass to arrive first, but if you make a mistake you will never have a second opportunity.

Why did you choose art and not fashion?
If you grow up in a environment, in the end you know it so well that you can have two reactions: keep on living in it or take other paths. I chose the second way.

Do you get on well with your mother?
Today, yes, but it has not always been so. I was a bit rebellious, then I understood that it is important to listen to those who have more experience. Maybe we have the same character, so I speak more with my father.

The choice that changed your life?
Coming to live in New York. Here things happen that don’t happen elsewhere. In Europe, art is for an elite that does not take seriously the young art dealer, no matter the effort you make. Here, if you put it into play, you can make it. And, believe me, my family is not involved.

What do you like most about your job?
The relationship of confidence with the artist. If I believe in the project, I give my all for him. Money is the last thing.

An idealist…
No, believe me, I am practical. In London, if you enter a gallery and you have little money, they do not consider you. And they are wrong. I want to bring art to more possible houses, also to those of young people with less money but that appreciate it. If I cared only about money, I would choose other ways. But, well, you don’t know how beautiful it is to come back home at night.

Translation from Italian to English by Francesca Berti

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld photograph © 2012 Arnoldo Mondadori Editore Spa. All Rights Reserved.


The Roitfelds In Cannes 2012

amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala

For the annual Cinema Against AIDS Gala held by amfAR, Carine Roitfeld chose to wear a custom-made black halter dress, silk tank, and crystal studded earrings, all by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.

Carine Roitfeld and Kenneth Cole

Carine Roitfeld and Karl Lagerfeld

Carine Roitfeld's “Perfect Black Wardrobe"

Carine Roitfeld curated the first ever Cannes fashion show as part of the amfAR Gala at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc last week. The theme was "Perfect Black Wardrobe," consisting entirely of black dresses by designers such as Tom Ford, Chanel, Balenciaga, Anthony Vaccarello, Christopher Kane, Dior, Lanvin, Alexander Wang, Roberto Cavalli, and Versace. Hosting the show were Antonio Banderas, Adrien Brody, Eva Herzigova, and Karolina Kurkova. Modeling the collection of black gowns were Ana Beatriz Barros, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Cara Delevigne, Lily Donaldson, Jourdan Dunn, Cora Emmanuel, Isabeli Fontana, Kate Upton, Edita Vilkeviciute, Lindsey Wixson, and Ming Xi. The entire wardrobe selected by Carine was auctioned for $377,000. The auction broke all former records, raising nearly $11 million to help fight AIDS.

De Grisogono Party

Carine Roitfeld wore a vintage sequin dress created by Norma Kamali in 1977 for the de Grisogono party at Cannes.

Carine Roitfeld and Fawaz Gruosi

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld at Le Baron

Carine Roitfeld photos © 2012 Condé Nast, Getty Images, Wire Image, purple.fr, bauergriffin.com, nowfashion.com


Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld In Istanbul

Last week in Istanbul, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld staged Nicolas Pol's first art exhibit in Turkey, EPEKTASIS, in collaboration with Demet Muftuoğlu Eşeli and Alphan Eşeli of ISTANBUL '74. Special thanks to Alper Yilmaz who had the good fortune to meet Vladimir at the show and kindly agreed to share his personal photographs of the event. Visit style.com to view Vladimir's own photos from Istanbul.

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld photographs © 2012 Alper Yilmaz. All Rights Reserved.


IWTBAR Black Tee

Attention Roitfeld fans: we are now offering a fabulous new option in the IWTB Shop — black IWTBAR tees! The tee is manufactured by American Apparel, 100% cotton, and printed in the United States. Note that the fit is snug and the shirt may shrink one size after cycling through the dryer, consider this when selecting your size. Available in girly style S, M, L, XL (US sizes, complete measurements are listed in inches) in black only. If you are interested, visit the IWTB Shop for further details. As always, thanks very much for your support!

I Want To Be A Roitfeld Tee image © 2012 Kellina de Boer. All Rights Reserved.


Roitfeld And Battaglia: Urban Hoedown

On Monday night, Marc Jacobs and the Art Production Fund hosted an Urban Hoedown, genuine right down to the hay scattered on the floor of the Tribeca warehouse space. Partygoers were invited to indulge in cowboy costumes for the evening and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia obliged, pictured here wearing Band of Outsiders, Marc Jacobs, and Rodarte. Highlights included authentic Western style BBQ and a mechanical bull (although neither Vlad nor Gio braved the bucker to my knowledge). Vladimir shared that his favorite cowboy is Clint Eastwood which of course prompted me to sing, "Rollin' rollin' rollin'... Though the streams are swollen... Keep them doggies rollin'... Rawhide!"

Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia photographs © 2012 Condé Nast and Billy Farrell Company, Inc.

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