i’m not sure about those shoes w/that dress. i think i liked them better paired with the simpler tank dress you posted a few days ago. they appear to be competing with the dress in this outfit and sort of steal the show. a more classic sandal would allow the dress to shine.
also, i wouldn’t be comfortable in a dress that sheer, but if she is, more power to her. it looks lovely on her.
The outfit’s her, in a heartbeat. But, um, the skirt part of the dress bothers me a bit. The drape and the see-throughness of it all. I feel like that part might have made the shoes more detached from the rest of the outfit. But I’ve never really appreciated the appeal of the Carine aesthetic anyway.
There’s a lot of tension going on between the airy dress and the clunky shoe–I think she’s trying a bit too hard to be young. A bit too tongue-in-cheek (which you would be able to see, were it happening).
Carine Roitfeld is such a fashion maven. She is the epitome of French Vogue- and I follow her style moves wisely. She is fabulous and cutting edge almost always.
As for the more structured shoes, it balences out and strengthens the look as a whole. With flats, she look like a stump (she recognizes that heels do wonders for legs) and wispy stilletos would make it look trampy with that neckline. So much cleavage would be slutty without the “barrier” the shoes bring to the ensemble.
This woman is a mother as well. I only hope I remain this amazing after a couple kids and middle age.
Have you guys been paying attention to fashion magazines, stylist profiles, designers, trendsetters? If so, you’d see that she is on top of her game, no doubt helping get the trend of the strong shoe balancing a wispy dress started in the first place (I’m thinking of those violet YSL heels with thick “ribbon-esque” ties from winter ’05 she rocked with fitted suits, etc.
This is what is hot right now, and she (of all people) has to stay on top as editor of the fashion bible.
This outfit is tight out of a recurring nightmare I used to have all through my teens and twenties: I’d leave the house, thinking I was fully dressed, and then look down and realize my skirt was transparent. (Shudder.)
like her longer hair/lighter attitude – she seems less heavy in spirit than prior posts. the smile seems really hers – good thing she took time out to pose for your shot (referencing first shot you posted of her)! I’m suprised on all the “too sheer” comments – what are we really seeing? I don’t make out anything under the dress?
I love the sheer skirt with the heavy shoes. Perfect for sultry days moving into evenings on the patio. Or going from hot pavement to ice cube offices. Either way it is a great look that moves through a day.
I donâ€™t know loads about Carine, but whenever I see a picture of her she is always looks very cutting edge and dare I say fierce. This strikes me as something very different, itâ€™s soft and feminine. A look that that I wouldnâ€™t attribute to her (based on previous pictures). But still she pulls if off with panache! And gosh how I adore those Balenciaga shoes.
I love it–Ms. Roitfeld is one of my personal style icons, and I love to see her rock a look that may have been “done” before, but she carries it off well. And it’s so different from what she normally wears, it’s refreshing.
she’s really gorgeous, as always, but i don’t see the appeal of a totally sheer skirt. yes, she undoubtedly has a magnificent rear view, but putting it in a thong (i assume) and a see-through dress does not, in my opinion, highlight it to its best advantage. plus, i love good slips and they’re terribly hard to find–i bet the editrix of paris vogue knows more than a few good places to find them, though.
i think this combo works beautifully – it just looked right to my eye. if i had to say why – here are a few thoughts –
1) the much-mentioned shoes. not just because i like them, but because they keep an element of that tough carine that we know and love.
2a) the sultriness of the dress. that dress is HOT!! everyone is commenting on the sheerness… but it doesn’t actually show anything! in fact, the middle of the skirt portion is more heavily pleated just enough to keep it proper, to me. i can imagine that on a hot summer day, this dress feels divine.
2b) more on the sultriness of the dress. the shapeliness of her body really comes out – she’s not really that delicate, right? the strength of her body comes out, i think, which is reflected in the shoes.
2c) ok i don’t know how i got into the lettering here – but also on the dress – the ruching in the middle is a less light-and-floaty, more controlled sort of design element… again harkening back to familiar carine territory.
3) and then the cardigan – dare i call it a “shrug”? – just perfectly tops it off. to me, this makes perfect sense as far as what a woman like carine would wear on a hot summer day in paris.
I absolutely want that cardigan! I really like the neckline of the dress, and I think the light-coloured embellishment on the shoes ties them in very successfully. I would say the best picture I’ve ever seen of her! Stunning figure and beautiful smile (although I always want to tell her to get her hair back so we can see her lovely face. If I could say it in French I’d sound like her maman, no doubt).