Despite the fact that her feathers and fur are purely ornamental, Carine Roitfeld serves as many fashion folk's spirit animal. Enigmatic, powerful, and usually swathed in Alaïa, the French fashion legend has long been everyone's ultimate everything. Now Roitfeld shows you the inner scenes and seams of her life through a new documentary. Called Mademoiselle C, the film, which opens on September 11 in major cities across the US, shadows the smoky-eyed icon through two big events: the launch of her new magazine, CR Fashion Book, and the birth of her first granddaughter, Romy Nicole. (Also: she does a full split on camera. Take that, Betsey Johnson!) I met Roitfeld across the street from Bloomingdales to discuss her latest project, and yes, I was shaking.
Cats have been a chic motif since the Ancient Egyptians worshipped them thousands of years ago (and sure, that Miu Miu print from 2010 helped, too). They've also been pop culture stars thanks to the James Bond / Austin Powers / CeeLo style of super-villain: A wily, hyper-cultured megamind holding a pampered little puffball. Karl Lagerfeld appears to be next in line.
It's been a tough few weeks for mini skirts and the young women who flaunt them. Between CNN's blame-the-victim tone in Steubenville to the helicopter parents picketing Victoria's Secret Pink, you'd think America's most pressing national security issue is teen girls in glittery panties. (And according to Harmony Korine's bubblegum grenade Spring Breakers, that's exactly right.) And on the fashion front, T Magazine editor Deborah Needleman tweets "Say goodbye to slut clothes"...
"So do you want to talk about this?" asks Leah. This being Suzy Menkes' "Circus of Fashion" article from T, which turned into this "Blog is a Dirty Word" manifesto from Leandra Medine, which rolled into this "Sad Clown" response from Susie Lau. (A Times story called "My Look, My Ego, My Brand" snuck in there, as well, as did a piece questioning whether fashion bloggers have gone "too far" on The Daily Beast.) So what do I think about this? I think I need some whiskey.
Believe it or not, Fashionista turns five years old this month. Which is, you know, pretty old in blog years. To celebrate our big bday, we've asked all of Fashionista's former editors (in chronological order that's Faran Krentcil, Natalie Hormilla, Abby Gardner, Britt Aboutaleb, and Lauren Sherman) to reflect back on their time at Fashionista from the highs (seeing a Chanel show) to the lows (being chewed out by Arianne Phillips for leaking her fashion week plans and costing her a client). First up, the girl who started it all, the inimitable Faran Krentcil, who is now Nylon's digital director. To Begin With: Everything. Some people think I started Fashionista from my bedroom with a pinch of magic, an overdose of ambition, and some Skittles. That's not really what happened. Not even close.