The launch of Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book, hasn't been without its controversies. As you will know, Condé Nast reportedly banned several photographers, models and stylists from collaborating with the former Vogue Paris editor but despite all of that, Roitfeld is flying high. The preview of the issue has gone down well and this weekend, just about everyone turned up to congratulate her at the party she hosted to celebrate the debut issue.
'It's very different from my last party,' she told The Cut, having a look at the guests in the marble-floored atrium of the Frick Museum. Around the same time last year Roitfeld through a karaoke party to celebrate her Barneys campaign at a strip club on the West Side Highway so basically the polar opposite of this year's swanky 'do. 'I want to do something different, more classic,' she said about the formal Mercedez Benz-sponsored black tie event. 'After all, I am a grandma now.'
Julia Restoin Roitfeld looked ready to drop on the cover of i-D's Summer issue and yesterday she welcomed her first baby into the world.
Derek Blasberg was the one to break the news, turning to Twitter to congratulate the new mum. 'Congratulations to proud Momma @RestoinRJulia (And thus, the chicest grannie ever: Carine Roitfeld!) Can’t wait to meet the beautiful baby!' he wrote. So far neither Julia or Carine have released a statement confirming the news or whether the baby is a girl or boy.
The model couldn't look any further than she did in the other cover she's fronting this month for Vogue China, but it really works. This isn't the last cover option available because eight in total will be on offer when the issue hits newsstands on Friday.
Unlike the current penchant for celebrities to do that now cliche naked pregnancy shot, Julia's is actually really good and she has her mother Carine Roitfeld to thank. Rather than going nude, the former Vogue Paris editor styled her in a sheer Alexander McQueen and olive coloured bra. 'Pregnancy's a moment in a woman's life when it's really important to feel seductive,' she told the magazine. 'I loved that my mum dressed me sexy like that.'
As far as her style is concerned, being pregnant hasn't changed anything. 'I still dress how I used to dress and sometimes people look at me weird on the street, as if because I’m pregnant I stop being a woman,' she continued. 'That’s really something I want to make a point of: that I’m going to be a mother but I’m still a woman, I still want to feel good about myself and feel pretty.'
Karl Lagerfeld's collaboration with Carine Roitfeld on 'The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisted' is the partnership that we've all been excited for. So far the brand have teased us by taking us behind-the-scenes of the shoot for the book, as well as making us a fly on the wall at the recent exhibition for the book in Tokyo in that video that they released earlier this week.
Yesterday they launched thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com, an 'e-exhibition', which showcases everyone from Georgia May Jagger to Olivier Theyskens wearing the iconic black Chanel tweed jacket styled by Roitfeld. The concept really works. The diverse cast for the book is illustrative of the timeless quality of the piece and its ability to transcend generations and styles. The book is available online on Amazon for only $39 but in the meantime, have a glimpse at some of my favourite images from the book.
New York Fashion Week started with a bang last night as the annual amfAR New York gala event took place to kick off this season's festivities. The gala, which raises money for HIV/AIDS research, always see the best of fashion and entertainment come under one roof and as you would expect, the red carpet outfits were strong. Models were particularly on form last night. Joan Smalls looking incredible in a black Givenchy gown, Anja Rubik sported that much loved black and gold Gucci flapper dress and Liya Kebede broke the penchant for gowns by opting for this season's two tone trousers teamed with a white blouse.
Back in September we confirmed that Julia Restoin Roitfeld had a lingerie collection in the works and now more information on the line and images of the collection have surfaced. The collection sees Julia partner up with Kiki de Montparanasse to design the range - that will hit the brand's boutique and online on December 14 just in time for Christmas - and appear in the look book.
When asked about what prompted her to work on the range Roitfeld explained that it was borne out of her constantly seeing women wearing bras that failed to compliment their womanly figures. "A little while ago, the downtown trend in New York was to wear a 'bandeau' bra that you would see popping out of the side of your shirt. I guess it works for very, very small breasts, but for me, it would just be plain unflattering," she explained.
We've been talking about it for the past month and yesterday finally saw Victoria's Secret host their annual catwalk show. Kanye West and Jay-Z were the suprise performers of the night in addition to Maroon 5 and Nicki Minaj who had both already been confirmed.
Guests at the after party ranged from Donna Karan and Carine Roitfeld to Nicky Hilton and Lala Vazquez and Joan Smalls gets my vote for the best dressed Angel on the night.
We haven't heard much from Julia Restoin Roitfeld recently but at Burberry on Monday, she revealed that she has a new project in the works that's been keeping her busy. “I’m mostly excited about the lingerie collection I’m working on," she told WWD. "I have a really great lingerie collection, but it’s not for my boyfriend–he doesn’t care–it’s for myself. Next to shoes, it’s my favorite luxury.”
The move makes sense. Although she's had several modelling gigs and graphic designer roles in the past, she hasn't appeared to be working on anything in a while and like her mother, Julia is the epitome of French sexy-chic so if there's anyone we would want to design lingerie, it's her.