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Carine Roitfeld Celebrates CR Fashion Book’s Second Issue



In the midst of Paris Fashion Week, Carine Roitfeld threw a cocktail fête at Hotel Shangri-La to celebrate CR Fashion Book’s second, ballet-themed issue. When the New York party went down, we hadn’t yet learned that the magazine would be stuffed with models that had hair dancing in the wind and even a monkey suited up in Armani, but it seems the party attendees in Paris took note.Jessica Chastain, Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss, and Amanda Seyfried were all in town for the party, and we tagged along with photographers to catch a pantsless Kate Moss, Karl Lagerfeld wearing sunglasses, and, of course, Kanye West.

“Dance” is the theme for Carine Roitfeld’s second CR Fashion Book, and at the party to celebrate its launch, hip-hop artist Ciara does Carine proud. She arrives at Casa Lever with her friend Riccardo Tisci — “Pappa Ricky,” as she calls Givenchy’s creative director — and the two barely pause for a storm of flashbulbs before they beeline to the dance floor. Ciara sheds her shaggy fur to reveal a white, oversize Givenchy tee with a baroque printed panel in the front. It’s one part street, one part Parisian, and the sum is far greater when Ciara starts shimmying and the shirt barely covers her leather-panted butt. Beyoncé’s documentary has just premiered a few blocks away, and one might be forgiven for mistaking Ciara for a more tousled, touchable Queen Bey.

Riccardo met his muse several years ago in Brazil, when she was his guest performer for a charity event, and the two became fast friends. “But also,” says Ciara, “I am very blessed that I get to dig in his closet and pull out things I like, and he sends me amazing things for events like the Grammys.” For instance, the black Givenchy tee she pulls on in her recent Mad Max–ish “Got Me Good” video takes her outfit to another level. (Proceed with caution: The chorus will stay stuck in your head, as CR staffers proved by singing it back to Ciara.)

Before Ciara’s arrival, the party is spread into several pockets. At the crowded bar, Joseph Altuzarra talks to IMG’s Ivan Bart about Sunday night’s Girls. The Courtin-Clarins crew gathers near the door, discussing whether they’ll be dining at Bobo or Babbo. Sophie Theallet and Constance Jablonski make their way inside, and couples cuddle in the banquettes along the wall. Then, Ciara kisses Carine Roitfeld hello and a crowd including Stephen Gan, Jessica Hart, Giancarlo Giametti, Irina Shayk, and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld moves toward the dance floor.


The Rolling Stones give way to live congas, and a sultry rendition of the Cuban song “Chan Chan.” Armani’s Fabio Mancone twirls Carine. The dancer Lil Buck, who silenced the crowd with a ballet-meets-breakdance (see: jookin) just hours earlier at Vladimir’s party, takes a turn with Ciara. Beginning in his wrist, a wave ripples through his body, and his feet flicker and float across the floor. For a moment, Lil Buck and Ciara mirror one another. Dirk Standen, of Style.com, looks impressed.


Marina Abramovic, another good friend of Riccardo’s, appears, and the long braid down her back shakes as she dances and laughs. Carlos Souza shows Ciara how to move her fingers flamenco-style, and soon she is dancing like a Sevillana. Three hired young men in tuxedos, who have been carrying around thick copies of CR Fashion Book for the crowd, stand watching the dance floor, and now one of them them can’t help drumming his hand on the cover along with “Guatanamera.” Ciara snags a cocktail napkin from Derek Blasberg — who has appeared with Lily Donaldson and a plum-lipped Karlie Kloss — and blots her face. Riccardo peels off his jacket and sweatshirt. Carine and Ciara pose with their lips kissing either of his cheeks. Derek delays with the photo, and Carine opens a heavily lined lid and peers over. Flash.


After the band finishes, the stereo plays more Stones, Nirvana, and Fleetwood Mac. Soon, Ciara’s fur is back on, and she and Riccardo walk out arm-in-arm, through a corridor of tuxedoed attendants. Their car took Marina Abramovic home, and should be back for them any minute. The plan is to get a midnight snack and head to the Top of the Standard. They have just one night to eat, laugh, dance, and take pictures until next time, when Ciara travels to Paris for Givenchy’s fall 2013 show in March. For now, they huddle on the sidewalk, flipping through the new CR together, waiting for their driver.

“It was good music, ah?” says Riccardo.

“It makes me want to go take salsa classes,” Ciara replies. “I know a few steps.”

Check out the below black and whites, lets see if you can spot the fashion insiders in attendance.

Image                    Photo: Elizabeth Lippman



Dior and Chanel among designers set for Cannes fashion show





Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and Roberto Cavalli are just some of the big names contributing looks to a Carine Roitfeld-curatedfashion show at the upcoming amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS gala during the Cannes Film Festival.

The annual fundraising event is always a highlight of the festival, and will for the first time feature a full-scale fashion show based around former French Vogue editor Roitfeld’s concept of the perfect black wardrobe. Some 20 designers are contributing to the show, ranging from classic French labels Christian Dior and Chanel to rising talents such as Scotland’s Christopher Kane.

WWD reports May 16 that the entire collection will be auctioned off as a single lot during the May 24 gala at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes, where Roitfeld joins the likes of Milla Jovovichand Karl Lagerfeld as an event chair. Stars including Janet Jackson and Kylie Minogue will provide musical entertainment.

Other hotly anticipated events at this year’s Cannes, which runs May 16-27, include the Women in Film event in collaboration with Calvin Klein on May 17 and the Trophée Chopard ceremony, also on May 17 which annually honors the talent of two rising actors.