The Roitfeld Rule

Julia Restoin Roitfeld Tom Ford V Magazine
If you don’t already know, Julia Restoin Roitfeld is model and daughter of famed French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld. For V Magazine‘s upcoming issue #69, she is delivering a tiny collection of stunning self-portraits (the kind you don’t find on Myspace) while wearing Tom Ford‘s long awaited womenswear collection. Check out her short interview with the designer and the rest of the shoot below:

JULIA RESTOIN ROITFELD What made you decide that this was the season to return to fashion?
TOM FORD I told myself that I would not come back to 
women’s fashion until I felt I had something new to say. I feel that fashion has become too serious and that the actual customer’s needs have not really been addressed. Fashion needs to make one happy. It is a luxury and should enhance one’s quality of life.

JRR What inspired your collection?
TF Real clothes for real women. I want to concentrate on my real customer. That’s why I showed idealized versions of her – different women of different ages. It was about individuality, different body types, women who have their own style.

JRR What do you think fashion needs more of right now?
TF Spontaneity. Fashion needs to be more fun.

JRR What personality traits does the Tom Ford woman possess?
TF My customer has her own sense of style and knows herself well. My goal is to help women become the best version of themselves.

JRR What is your favorite piece from the collection?
TF I love every piece. That is like asking someone which one of their children is their favourite.

JRR Outside fashion, what are you looking forward to this spring?
TF I have to say more fashion. I love what I am doing right now and can’t wait to start the next collection.

JRR What was the last thing that made you laugh?
TF I laugh a good bit so that is a hard question. I suppose a phone call I just had with Richard [Buckley] five minutes ago made me laugh pretty hard. He has a wicked sense of humour.

JRR What’s your New Year’s resolution?
TF I don’t have one. I believe in living life the way that you want to live it every day, and if you do that you don’t really need to have New Year’s resolutions.

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Aishwarya Why?

Aishwarya Rai Elle Magazine White
Apparently, sometimes even the most beautiful woman in the world isn’t beautiful enough. Elle India has mistakenly allowed some overzealous use of Photoshop on Aishwarya Rai. The former Miss World is looking excessively pale on the cover, an edit which is sure to alienate the magazine’s Indian audience. As a stylist, I understand that lighting can dramatically change skin tone, but it will rarely cause an erase of ethnicity like this. Beauty is not one colour, editors. Continue reading

The New Fashion Capital: Beijing?

Beijing China Fashion
Is there new fashion competition for New York, London, Milan and Paris? Maybe so, from the recent sartoriality (…if it’s a word) of Beijing and the rest of China. US Vogue was the first to latch on, acknowledging the influx and import of Asian top models last month in a spread called “Asia Major”. HBIC Anna Wintour also recently announced that Vogue will set up a Fashion Fund in China.

Prada is next on the bandwagon as they have just announced that they will stage a show of their spring collection – along with specially created pieces – in Beijing on January 22. The powerhouse designer label is also rumored to be considering a listing on the Hong Kong Stock exchange. Three years ago, premonition pals Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi staged a show on the Great Wall…get ready for an Asian Boom, fashionistas.

I Conjure Up My Muse

Arizona Muse Yves Saint Laurent
With her incredible worldwide standing at Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011, Arizona Muse has booked her first major ad campaign, and it’s an extremely coveted signing. The “rising star” is the flawless face of Yves Saint Laurent‘s Spring 2011 ad campaign.

Arizona was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in the gardens of Bled Roknine, a ’30s style villa in Marrakech. YSL’s connection to Morocco is well known as Yves bought the Majorelle botanical gardens (in Marrakech) in 1980 with his partner Pierre Barge. The gardens served as a source of inspiration to Saint Laurent, and now house an exhibition of his Morrocan-inspired pieces along with his ashes which were scattered when he died in 2008.

Do Work, Grace Coddington

Brief Encounter Daria Werbowy David Strathairn
Ahh, so much commentary to offer on “Brief Encounter” from Vogue‘s first 2011 issue. The shoot as a whole is incredible. When you have a directional photographer like Peter Lindbergh, it is a waste not to take riskier shots such as these. There is an atmospheric magic to the images of a tired-looking Daria Werbowy and David Strathairn in unusual titillation. With styling by Grace Coddington, there is so much more than fashion happening. Continue reading