Saturday, 21 May 2011

So that's what Carine's doing next....

Robin Givhan of the Washington Post once wrote this about former editor ofFrench VogueCarine Roitfeld:
"Physically, Roitfeld is an unlikely role model. She has an angular, vaguely threatening appearance that is masculine and sexual in the manner of a young Charlotte Rampling. She favours black clothes and high heels that lace up and around the legs like gladiator formalwear. But her most disconcerting feature is a screen of brown hair that covers about half of her face."
Forget the hair bit, Roitfeld is not only a role model, but style icon to many - so when the fashion bomb dropped that she was leaving French Vogue late last year, the industry cried 'Oh Mon Dieu!' and since then we've wondered where she would pop up next. Dior with Riccardo Tisci? Non. Yves Saint Laurent? Non. Harpers Bazaar Paris? Non, non NON!
Wonder no more, as it's been officially announced that Roitfeld's next post-Vogue contract is as guest editor, muse, and stylist for the Barneys New York A/W 2011 initiative. Her new role will see Roitfeld styling and editing the shopping emporium's advertising campaign - working alongside Creative Director Dennis Freedman on newsletters, a catalogue (both shot by Mario Sorrenti) and possibly the hottest job in the world - stepping into Simon Doonan's very large shoes to style the stores' Madison Avenue windows which will be unveiled in September.
Acting as a muse for the retailer, Roitfeld will also hand select the looks that will go into the catalogue - as well as feature in a short film shot by Sorrenti, which will give customers a look into Roitfeld's personal views on fashion and style. Mark Lee, CEO of the US store said: “Barneys is about a sense of surprise and discovery, and Carine is a reminder that fashion needs a sense of the unexpected".
Talking about the collaboration, Roitfeld told WWD:
"It's very exciting. It's a new kind of project for me. It's good to have a new life, because now I can do projects that I never dreamed of before.
"For me, Barneys has always been the biggest name in luxury department stores, so to be able to participate in this project with them, and be visible during the next fashion week in New York, is my dream come true. To a French girl, it's a big, big dream."
Madame!! To ANY girl it's a big, big dream!
And while we're on the subject of Carine, *note for your iCal* her biography retrospective entitled "Irreverent" is published on Oct 4 this year by Rizzoli (it's already available for pre-order on Amazon.com but not UK, darn it....blagging therefore obligatory).
The 400-page, image-heavy compilation - edited by Purple magazine editor Olivier Zahm - will undoubtedly include many of the barrier-pushing fashion editorials Roitfeld has worked on (surely the infamous “butcher” shoot withEva Herzigova HAS to make the cut), and also features contributions from New York Times Fashion Writer Cathy Horyn (be afraid, be VERY afraid)New York Magazine's Amy Larocca, and someone called Anna Wintour. Discussing le book, Roitfeld said: "I never like to go back, so to go back to a picture you did 20 years ago, it’s almost like going to a shrink. It’s a lot of emotion…Most of the pictures are the ones I did with Mario Testino…It’s mostly dedicated to Mario, that book.
I get the feeling she likes Mario just a little...how 'bout you?!

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