>> How does Tom Ford decide which pieces from his womenswear collections to produce? He makes Whitney, his PR, try on everything, and Carine Roitfeld, his former collaborator at Gucci, do the same when she's around. "If they don't wear it, it doesn't go into production," Ford says. "It's not about youth. Ninety percent of looking good is about being slim and limber — and how you move around." [Telegraph UK]
>> You've seen the complete set of images Carine Roitfeld produced in collaboration with Mario Sorrenti for Barneys New York's Fall 2011 campaign, now see through Sorrenti's lens Carine's World — a two-part video following her through showroom visits with Rick Owens and Azzedine Alaia and a trip up to her apartment — complete with a peek at its view of Paris — all as she spouts off aphorisms like, "People are more important than the clothes. Clothes . . . it could be just like a nice envelope. But it’s more important, the letter inside the envelope than the envelope." She also notes: "I’ve never been an assistant. You don’t climb the stairs, you go down. Because when you go to a fashion show, the best walk is the first walk."
>> Although the "Carine's World" short film that Mario Sorrenti shot for Barneys has yet to make its debut, the retailer's full Carine Roitfeld-styled Fall 2011 print campaign — which features women (and one man — her son) Roitfeld culled from the ranks of her co-workers, friends, family, and just those whose style she admired — is now out. See who she picked, and read quotes from Roitfeld about why she picked them.
>> Carine Roitfeld's upcoming book, Irreverent, doesn't hit stores until Oct. 18, but previews of the 368-page tome — which culls photographs from her 30-year career, plus personal photographs (one shows her topless, wearing nothing but a black G-string and white pumps) and notes from the likes of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Tom Ford — have hit the Internet this morning on both Style.com and Vogue.com (more photos at the links).
Roitfeld already has another book up her sleeve — one she's doing with Karl Lagerfeld, that's set to release in December — and as for further projects, she told Vogue.com recently: “I have so many proposals in front of me, cosmetics or even a clothes line. I didn’t say yes or no.”
She added that she's enjoying her moment in the spotlight: “I worked 20 years ago, and 20 years ago no one was talking about me. I didn’t change. Maybe I was at the right moment. But sometimes I say, What is so interesting about me? I am just doing photo shoots. It’s not something that extraordinary. I’m not a great artist, I’m not writing books, I’m not a painter, and people in the streets ask me for a picture or a note and I say why? But I think it’s better to appreciate it, because maybe it’s not forever.”
>> The first of Carine Roitfeld's Fall 2011 campaign images — starring herself and her children — were released earlier this week, and now a couple more have appeared, showing Natasha Poly and '60s supermodel and Avedon muse China Machado. Still forthcoming are Mario Sorrenti-lensed images of Victoire de Castellane, Dasha Zhukova, Noami Campbell, Marie Amelie Sauve, and more.
Barneys plans to release a new "Carine's World" campaign image each day online at The Window until Sept. 2, when the images are unveiled in the store's windows. Also promised in the lead-up: the premiere of the campaign video.
>> In March, it was reported that Carine Roitfeld would serve as muse, stylist, and guest editor for the Barneys New York Fall 2011 ad campaign — and now images have surfaced showing that Roitfeld will star in them as well. Entitled "Carine's World", the Mario Sorrenti-shot campaign features the former French Vogue editor looking très chic in a black Rick Owens leather-skirt-and-sweater ensemble. But Carine's not the only Roitfeld to be featured in the new campaign; daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld poses in a sheer Givenchy number, while son Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld makes an appearance in his own clothing. Other famous faces to appear in the collaboration — out this September — reportedly include Natasha Poly, Victoire de Castellane, Dasha Zhukova, Noami Campbell, and Marie Amelie Suave.
>> Carine Roitfeld is making her first return to styling magazine editorials since leaving Vogue Paris for V's September issue. For those who can't wait until Sept. 8 — when the magazine hits newsstands — to see her 72-page, Elizabeth Taylor-themed collaboration with Mario Testino — featuring Aymeline Valade — a peek at the shoot in the video.
>> Carine Roitfeld was working with Terry Richardson at his studio earlier this week — given Stephen Gan's presence, the collaboration was likely for V — but another one of their recent projects just made its debut.
Richardson photographed and Carine Roitfeld styled Eniko Mihalik — holding plastic, plaid-shirted Terry Richardson dolls — for David Webb's three-image Fall 2011 jewelry campaign. This is the company's first set of ads in over 20 years, says new Webb co-owner Sima Ghadamian, who hired Roitfeld and Richardson to help reinvigorate the brand. “We wanted to reintroduce David Webb to the world with a new look, but with having all of the original designs he made when he was the biggest designer of his time,” Ghadamian added, describing the three ads as “sexy, young, abundant” and “full of saturated color.”
>> Carine Roitfeld, who is making her return to styling magazine editorials with V's September 2011 issue, has dropped a hint on what the 72-page cover story, shot by Mario Testino, might entail. For the themed "Heroes Issue," they chose Elizabeth Taylor to focus on. “She had the kind of elegance that went far beyond clothes,” said Roitfeld, who is rumored to be working with the magazine on several issues. [WWD]
Freja Beha Erichsen is no stranger to starring in Chanel ads — this is her fifth season modeling for the brand — but this Fall calls for even more significance. Karl Lagerfeld shot the ad but the twist comes in with Carine Roitfeld, former Vogue Paris editor, as the stylist. Take a look at the first set of leaked ads, featuring Freja decked out in a feline-inspired 'fit, complete with face masks, pointy ears, and lace.