Oh, Karl Lagerfeld, have you ever smiled in your life? We understand there’s a lot of pressure when you’re Kaiser Karl, but hello — you’re hanging out with amazing R&B star Frank Ocean. That’s something to be happy about! Ocean and Karl struck a pose together at Karl and Carine Roitfeld’s launch for their Little Black Jacket Chanel exhibition.
“Karl Lagerfeld decided to come to my ball in Paris [for French Vogue's 90th anniversary] dressed in a burqa so he wouldn’t be recognized … he was arrested outside.”
― I’m still reeling from the two things I just learned about Karl Lagerfeld, straight from the legendary mouth of former Vogue Paris EIC (and newly-crowned global fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar!) Carine Roitfeld: he has a police record in France! Also, he might just be a tiny bit culturally insensitive. Color me shocked. Please, Carine, do tell us more …
It took hardly any time at all for Carine Roitfeld to find her footing outside of the Condé Nast empire. The fashion writer and stylist departed suddenly from Vogue Paris in 2010 following a ten-year tenure as editor-in-chief, citing a desire to concentrate on personal projects outside of the notorious magazine’s “gilded bird cage” (though rumors of internal discord abounded). In the two years since her resignation, Carine has stayed true to her vow that leaving the lofty post would not be the death knell of her career; in fact, with numerous freelance styling credits (including two Chanel campaigns), a large-format photo book, and a MAC collection to her name, the iconic Parisian has risen quite impressively from the ashes of her former title. Keep reading »
Hot on the heels of our sneak peek at this fall’s NARS x Andy Warhol collection comes the release of another brilliant collab: consider it prime time to get excited about Carine Roitfeld’s highly anticipated line for MAC, out September 6. The former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief, who also happens to be be debuting her new magazine, CR Fashion Book, exactly a week after the MAC release, has curated a series of tempting offerings right in line with her own beauty ideology — heavy on the black shadow, framed by thick brows and perfect skin, Carine evangelizes a look that’s messy, a little bit gritty, and in her own words, “tired sexy.” Keep reading »
Yesterday’s Cannes International Film Festival kickoff was rife with celebrities of every ilk, running the gamut from those whose various looks we await with bated breath (like the untouchable Marion Cotillard) to those who make us wonder why they’re even in attendance, let alone wearing an overblown dress with a ten-foot train (no thanks, Eva Longoria). The annual festival is synonymous, of course, with a particular brand of inimitable avant-garde chic — it’s impeccably artistic, breathtaking more often than not, and more than anything, distinctly European. Despite the visible correlation between the clothes and the films, Cannes has never featured a fashion show among its (nearly two weeks long) festivities before this year. Keep reading »
Carine Roitfeld is one of the most recognizable names in the fashion industry, but she doesn’t have the same notoriety here in America as she does overseas, where the former Vogue Paris mogul is an icon with equal leverage to that other famous editrix, Anna Wintour. The felinic fashionista is also responsible for somewhat of a dynasty, what with daughter Julia succeeding in her well-heeled footsteps. Carine recently announced the September debut of her long-awaited New York-based magazine, CR Fashion Book, so it’s safe to say that in almost no time at all, the Frenchwoman is poised to become an American presence to be reckoned with. Keep reading »
As you can surmise from the outfit I wore yesterday, I love a good all-black look. I’m not ashamed to reveal that black is without a doubt the predominant color (neutral?) in my wardrobe. It is, of course, the consummate color (shade?) to wear — it’s chic, it slims, and it goes with anything and everything. Obviously I can’t be alone here. Celebs love it too!
Take, for example, the stunning Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. Julia is not only fashion royalty, but also a style standout in her own right. Not unlike her mother Carine Roitfeld (formerly of French Vogue), Julia is spotted in all black almost without fail, and she pulls it off with the aplomb of the insanely chic. Here she is brimming with swagger in the front row at Givenchy, rocking the hell out of one of her many monochromatic ensembles.
“I think it’s terrible to wear borrowed clothes. I don’t think it’s chic. A couple of years ago, Azzedine Alaïa loaned me a coat that I wore to New York. It was photographed a lot, and everyone wanted to buy it afterward. When I went to return it, Azzedine said, ‘No, you keep it. There’s nothing less chic than a woman who borrows clothes.’”
–Ex French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld in V magazine, on her distaste for borrowing clothing. Whatever. I don’t care whether it’s chic or not; it’s certainly much cheaper. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »