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The One and Only

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Carine Roitfeld.

If American Vogue is referred to as “the Bible,” then French Vogue must be the Ten Commandments. In other words, it’s the rules to live by. Even more, it’s the rules to break—and then live by.

Its former editrix, Carine Roitfeld, departed the magazine that she is very much credited with putting on the map in January, and since then the fashion world has been waiting with baited breath to see what she’d be up to next.

So far she’s lent her talent to Barney’s as a stylist and guest editor of its catalogs to great fanfare. Its latest campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti, entitled Carine’s World, features models, her children and style list toppers like Dasha Zhukova, Giovanna Battaglia, Vanessa Traina and China Chow.

Perhaps the title “Carine’s World” foreshadowed the new tome from Rizzoli, “Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent,” which serves as a stunning collage, scrapbook and visual history of Roitfeld’s tenure at French Vogue, as well as some very personal snapshots of her own life.

Karl Lagerfeld once said that if you close your eyes and imagine the ideal French woman, it would be fashion visionary and muse, Carine Roitfeld. Since the start of her career in the early 1990s, through her collaborations with the legendary photographer Mario Testino, Roitfeld has been credited with launching Tom Ford’s career at Gucci, as well as turning French Vogue into one of fashion’s most daring and internationally influential magazines.

Edited by Olivier Zahm and Alex Wiederin, “Irreverent” demonstrates Roitfeld’s talent for being a subversive instigator, known for pushing the limits, and includes contributions from the fashion industry’s most prominent and prolific players: Anna Wintour, Helmut Lang, Tom Ford, Miuccia Prada, Alexander Wang, Martin Margiela, David Sims, Mario Testino, Stefano Pilati, Lauren Santo Domingo, Lara Stone, Azzedine Alaia, Ricardo Tisci, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Hedi Slimane.

Featuring a selection of 250 magazine tear sheets and covers from pivotal editorial shoots and advertising campaigns, as well as intimate ephemera, this book gives an inside view into Roitfeld’s creative thought process and audacious sensibility.

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