Monday, February 25, 2008

At Christian Dior……Carine Roitfeld, Paris

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  1. Lynne

    February 25, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    perfect! and i am loving the sheer black hose appearing all over the runways! total elegance!finaly it’s chic to be a Woman!

  2. Bella07

    February 25, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    s p e e c h l e s s.
    ….. Can a photo embody chic? Yes this is it.
    Kinda want to make a poster of it.

  3. Anonymous

    February 25, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    This photo is about presence.

    Yet your shot gives her face power over the photo– her fabulous outfit fades into the background– her marvelous boots become an afterthought.

    Crop the photo right below Roitfeld’s chin, and then I’ll applaud you for being “The Sartorialist”. Roitfeld probably owned that outfit at the Christian Dior show, yet your photo doesn’t capture it.

    Let the outfit speak rather her presence. Its an incredible outfit, adorned by an incredible person– yet this photo drops all her dynamism on the floor.

  4. Brian

    February 25, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    She’s so chic, I just love her style.

  5. Anonymous

    February 25, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    very glamorous. very carine.

  6. Sydney

    February 25, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Sigh…I hope this is what 50+ will look like for me. Unfortunately, it ain’t that far off. New York magazine just ran a flattering (not fawning) article on her. She seems like a decent person. I’d want her to be my friend!

  7. Anonymous

    February 25, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Now you’re talking. Smashing look.

  8. janejane

    February 25, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Carine Roitfeld is one of the most stylish people on the planet (at least in pictures, as effects are always different in person). I can’t quite figure out her outfit, what exactly it is (skirt and top, dress?), what’s stringing from one end to the other and around her neck… But that’s exactly what I love about it. There is intrigue.

    She is one in a million. Literally.

    What’s great about her is that she always just does what she wants. She’ll wear trends, but only because she likes them, not because they are of-the-moment. She never looks overly-turned out. Always effortlessly chic. And of course, she has the body type, the means, and the inspiration to do almost anything she wants. But she takes that free reign and does exactly what suits her the best, fashion-wise.

    Above all, she has style integrity. And of course, she is flat-out fabulous.

  9. Mr. Badami

    February 25, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    she looks gorgeous….and she looks like she’s walking on air!

    c’est vraiment incroyable.

  10. j

    February 25, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    i like how she is wearing sheer black hosiery as opposed to an opaque black tight. a bit refreshing. and it breaks up the black. it is apparent that she is very comfortable with herself, and no wonder as she is carine roitfeld. the way her scarf is nonchalantly thrown over her shoulder, the easy drape of dress, non-fussy hair and eyeliner. it all speaks of ease.

  11. Emma

    February 25, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    :-D love heeeer

  12. Anonymous

    February 25, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    does anyone know where her shoes are from? they remind me of Linea. And her jacket is reminiscent of MA+. Awesome.

  13. Anonymous

    February 25, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Lovely Carine! Her smile always brings a smile to my face!

  14. A longtime fan

    February 26, 2008 at 12:08 am

    See all those other cameras? Difference?

  15. Heather Taylor

    February 26, 2008 at 12:30 am

    chicer than chic.

  16. david

    February 26, 2008 at 12:40 am

    dark glamour – and she knows it! beautiful.

  17. Prêt-à-Porter P

    February 26, 2008 at 12:50 am

    And all eyes are on her. She’s incredible.

  18. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 1:51 am

    does anyone know the brand of the shoes? love them.

  19. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 1:59 am

    I know everyone else will rave too, but she looks like a Superstar here! Is that a hood on the coat or a scarf, either way, I like. The coat is fantastic. She deserves all that adulation from those phtographers!

    Energie

  20. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 2:22 am

    wow….luv that caption..
    nice suites…

    nice

    wiiee
    adil sg

  21. The Sartorialist

    February 26, 2008 at 3:13 am

    Anon 10:19
    you’re right, this photo is all about her presence

    this is the Carine I know and her presence and sophistication are what I most admire about her.

    sorry if you needed more than that

  22. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 3:32 am

    Thank you for your endless pictures of Carine, I look forward to seeing pictures of her and the Vogue Paris staff especially Emmaunelle Alt, Melanie Huynh, Julia Von Boehm and Geraldine Saggio. Please take lots of pictures of them this week, they are best dressed women in the world.

    And thank you for all the past photos of them :)

  23. Fashion Tidbits

    February 26, 2008 at 4:08 am

    argh! so awesome!

  24. annika

    February 26, 2008 at 4:11 am

    She looks so young it’s incredible! She is deageing, literally!

  25. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 5:03 am

    she defines the parisian fem…i worship her lol

  26. winnecke

    February 26, 2008 at 5:57 am

    im going to take a guess at the shoes being Christopher Kane for Manolo Blahnik?

  27. Anna

    February 26, 2008 at 7:26 am

    She’s the perfect example that black, classy and chic works everytime

  28. odilean

    February 26, 2008 at 7:46 am

    she has an inexplicable energy. every photo of her has this allure, but this photo especially.

  29. lily

    February 26, 2008 at 8:19 am

    I reckon the most stylish accessory that Carine always brings with her is her smile.

    It’s the most beautiful accessory, never out of trend, goes with everything, and priceless..

  30. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 8:47 am

    she wears in gothic style with a very chic coats by Junya Watanabe

  31. tj

    February 26, 2008 at 9:10 am

    She is lovely. The shoes look dangerous, in a fun way.

  32. stylebyme.net

    February 26, 2008 at 9:20 am

    I think she looks so gorgeous. Perfect actually : )

  33. Anne Corrons

    February 26, 2008 at 9:22 am

    She is so chic!

  34. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Ah-Carine once more.I´m somehow starting to like the way she presents herself.What´s her secret to stay so chic and slim? There is always a bit unfinished in her pics and I like that. I can fill the missing bit with my own imagination.Thanks.

  35. cigalechanta

    February 26, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Carine is my fashion idol. I’m so tired of women saying you can’t wear long hair, short skirts, and blah, blaf, after forty. Carine is living proof if you got style and the looks, you can wear anything. She makes few mistakes. I’d love to have a copy of this photo!
    an after 40 fan.

  36. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 9:58 am

    is she wearing the Christopher Kane boots for summer? thats fab

  37. Carolina Lange

    February 26, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Looking great, as allways!

  38. Paul Pincus

    February 26, 2008 at 10:30 am

    mr. badami is spot on when he wrote:
    she looks gorgeous….and she looks like she’s walking on air!

    I’ve always loved her confidence…that incredible body… and that slight morning after expression!

    One of the sexiest women in the world.

  39. Iheartfashion

    February 26, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Great shot! As always, Carine looks fantastic.

  40. OldWorldGent

    February 26, 2008 at 11:25 am

    The purple bags under her eyes certainly qualify her to be ranked as stylish beyond belief.

  41. Mónica Lice

    February 26, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Presence and attitude!

  42. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    I like how she’s combined a very classic coat with more avant-garde pieces. And that is one stylish hoodie!

  43. The New Look

    February 26, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    When does she not look fabulous?

  44. Kanani

    February 26, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I love the way the crowd parts for her. There’s something very centered about her –in a good way.
    Beautiful!

  45. suzannemarques

    February 26, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    she’s stunning. great walk, great hose! love the laceup shoes too….. love the camera on the right and the guy watching her walk away. just a beautiful shot.

  46. candy caldwell

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Isn’t it funny how we can say how fabulous something is and then turn around and confess that we could never wear the same clothing ourselves? I love her shoes but I’m afraid I just couldn’t tie them on…

  47. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    I think it is very interesting that there are not as many negative reviews of this as I normally see. I believe if this was someone other than Carine Roitfeld, people would be tearing apart her black-on-black, the unflattering color of her hair, and her makeup (or lack thereof). I get the idea that people here are less likely to scrutinize someone whose name they recognize than someone nameless.
    Just an interesting psychological phenomenon. I think she does look very confident and pretty chic, but I think her performance pales significantly to those of other nameless women who have been so highly scrutinized. I believe if you took her face and name away from the photo, her outfit would be much less well-received, regardless of the way she carries herself. It’s her name that makes her revered, not her style.

  48. safiyeh

    February 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    *gasp* she has the christopher kane boots I’ve been lusting after!

  49. Olea

    February 26, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Oh god i love people that demands attention. She’s fabulous and she knows it

  50. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Carine!!!!!

    that’s the way to do it.

  51. Kat

    February 26, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Fierce as always. Attitude maketh the already perfect outfit… and they are amazing boots!

  52. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    She looks great, but it just looks like a nice black outfit.

    Photo is good though.

  53. Lexi

    February 26, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Gosh, you’re all so blinkered. All I can think is: emperors new clothes; meh; and …dressed as lamb.

    Good on her for having a signature (if dull) style – all black, skinny bondage inspired boots, boring blow wave, and carnivorous grimace. But imho the hype surrounding this person is completely disproportionate.

    ps…sart, please be democratic and post my minority view!

  54. The Sartorialist

    February 26, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    For Anon 2:57
    it is not her name that makes her revered, it is her accomplishments at Paris Vogue. That magazine has never looked better, would you really disagree?

    The fact that she is a modern style icon is just icing on the cake

  55. Perseus

    February 26, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    She looks like cat in the hat. But she’s awesome. Very chic.

  56. Raney

    February 26, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    She’d probably still make it on the blog if she weren’t “CR”, but yeah, she’s not all that inspiring to me.

  57. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    I read that article and i thought she came across as smug. Not a fan or hers but i do enjoy this pic

  58. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Sart,
    I know we should stick to commenting about the style of the persons whom you photograph rather than their personality but “beauty is as beauty does” and Ms. Roitfeld’s uncharitable comments towards others in her recent NY Magazine profile left me much less enamored of her. One of the reasons why I visit this site is the wide range of beauty you present and the fact that your pictures reinforce the idea that style goes beyond age, weight, race or gender. Hopefully her negative comments to NY Magazine regarding the full-figured were misconstrued. Otherwise I simply can not consider such an intolerant person as attractive. Sorry. No need to publish this since you don’t like to offend your subjects but I just wanted to put in my thoughts. Great work and best of luck to you.

  59. Pandora

    February 26, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    She’s 53. She looks amazing. A couple of the comments are nasty. I should see such mutton. Hah!

    Thanks Sart.

  60. lynn

    February 26, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    She looks absolutely stunning.

  61. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Carine! she is phenomenal. Not only is she very sexy and over fifty but she is a monster of an editor and a great person to work for (so I read) she also has an enormous charisma that travels with her everywhere she goes, I never saw a bad photograph of her, even when she was photographed at John Galliano’s funeral and she looks destroyed, her faced almost deformed from crying, she looks fab, I give her my unconditional admiration, she is a Diva.

  62. Lynne

    February 26, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    My opinion hardly counts, but being a woman of the same age,(albeit who has chosen a different lifestyle)I can relate to what has infomed her as an editor, a muse and a mother of grown children living at this time. I’ve seen a few of her ensembles that I did not like, but rarely. She personifies modern chic to a T. She is ageing fabulously precisely because she accepts it and celebrates it! She also understands that less is more. Note always, the lack of jewelry. And if embellishment is worn, it’s for dramatic effect.She wears the clothes, not the other way around! Fabulous, inate sense of style!

  63. Stefanie

    February 26, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I Luv Carine’s style. Amazing!

    Stefanie

  64. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    she always looks amazing..does anyone know if when she was wearing that black sling thin on her arm at a previous show if it was in fact a sling or just something she was trying on…just a thought

  65. Anonymous

    February 26, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Can we find out what skin care products she uses?? :-)

  66. Anonymous

    February 27, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Fashion and presence-wise she is outstanding. I’m a big fan. I just wish she would get rid of the hair – the bleached colour with the dark eyebrows is heinous, in my opinion. I’d have the ultimate respect for her style if she were to rock her natural hair colour…

  67. meli

    February 27, 2008 at 12:20 am

    a sassy classy darth vader. I love it. the force fashion is with you

  68. Honeybee

    February 27, 2008 at 3:08 am

    She oozes style and confidence. She knows she is amazing and seems to immensely enjoy the attention. You perfectly captured her persona – I agree that this shot is not about the outfit but about the person.

  69. Anonymous

    February 27, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Off the Carine topic for a sec but when did Galliano die? (Anon 6:46).

  70. igetit!

    February 27, 2008 at 3:20 am

    Some may call it dull, I see it as simple elegance with an edge. That skirt, that hood, the boots – the combined effect. It’s an outfit made for strutting and she knows how to strut! She’s aging fabulously for sure, but I bet it takes more than acceptance & celebration to look this good.

  71. Andreas

    February 27, 2008 at 4:24 am

    the shoes are manolo for christopher kane aw 08

    regards
    andreas

  72. jer1889

    February 27, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I have to agree with an earlier comment made. I find Sart’s photos of dark subjects with light back grounds hard to discern. How can we make comments about a subject when all the detail is lost in shadow? Or if the exposure is made to satisfy the requirements of the bright background? I am not a pro photographer, but I think there is a better way to achieve readable shadow detail.

    Still love the blog,

    Jer

  73. tintin

    February 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I don’t work in fashion and I don’t know Carine from a hole in the wall. So, there’s no awe or baggage from my pov. And frankly she reminds me of the surfer girls in college…who I was crazy about! That she’s the editor of a magazine and lives in Paris and looks like a surfer girl? Man, thats’s a home run. You know, women like this probably never get asked out…but something tells me this one does.

  74. Lynne

    February 27, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    igetit
    I’m sure there is a little discipline involved as well! I am the same age as Carine – most people assume I’m a decade younger -I walk and swim and lift small weights. Pay good money for hair and skin care but that’s it! More and more women our age are defying gravity by LIVING our lives!
    smile

  75. MR style

    February 27, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    hey the outfit is from junya watanabe and the shoes are manolos by kane !! u guuys should learn french and connect to youtube to hear one of her itw from that day !!

  76. Alek

    February 28, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Oh Sarto, all that’s stylish in me loves you! I was just drinking up your full Paris portfolio on Style.com, so inspiring! Not just the clothes, but its combination with that unique wash of colors you capture. (The cream 18th century stonework and crisp blue skies of Paris). Ah, it’s the best winter happy pill! And am still loving those billowy top, slim bottom proportions…

  77. Hundrednorth

    February 28, 2008 at 4:52 am

    To Anon @ 10:19…yes this photo is “all about the presence”…look further and see how he frames the picture. The story here is The Woman, clearly, she’s surrounded by faces and cameras pointed at her. Her nearly matte black silhouette dead center, perfectly framed in the center of black coat-shapes, blurred people, plain sky, and legs…denim-clad legs in the background that offset the marvelous way she’s chosen to be in sheer hose. Black bondage boots, miraculously, do not dominate her outfit (I am stupified as to how she does this.) Instead it’s The Woman who is center stage at all times.

    “Crop the photo right below [her] chin and then I’ll applaud you for being ‘The Sartorialist’”

    No, you would be applauding him for being The Literalist.

    Sadly, I do agree with Anon @ 6:27 regarding her NYMag interview. I suspect that perhaps her comments were the result of something lost in translation….

  78. Anonymous

    February 28, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Great shot Sart

    she’s so chic , and at that age the rest of us are left in her dust

  79. Atoyianna

    February 29, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    so chic . . .so perfect . . what an example how to wear what your comfortable in. love her style!

  80. Сумской Бомж

    February 29, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Wow! It’s really cool!

  81. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    why is this the only picture of her for the whole of paris fashion week? not only on this sight but anywhere? it seems that the whole paris vogue team was not in paris according to photographers.

  82. Anonymous

    March 15, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    OK cheerleaders, time to stop signing the year book.

  83. Catherine

    March 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I wish I had those marvelous boots. What are they?

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