By Punch Pret-a-Porter Correspondent Hannah Roth
A few Friday night’s ago apres-work, I popped into the Mosaic District’s red carpet event to kickoff DC Fashion Week. Northern Virginia fashionistas wore their finest and purchased tickets to the Angelika screening of Mademoiselle C, stylist and editor Carine Roitfeld’s new film about her creation of CR Fashion Book. Gift bags were supplied by Last Call Neiman Marcus, also located in Mosaic District, and makeup artists provided glam makeovers (Carine smoky-eye Parisienne chic anyone?!)
Cocktails and assorted appetizers were served in the lounge of the movie theatre as guests mingled in anticipation of the opportunity to be included in such an exciting view into Roitfeld’s life. Apart from her reign as the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris from 2001 to January 31, 2011, Carine’s career (say that five times fast) has been molded by her relationships with artists, fashion industry insiders, and creative thinkers of all persuasions. In the film she is constantly surrounded by an assortment of big-name players in the fashion industry – from Karl Lagerfeld to Tom Ford. Her followers are everlastingly loyal – even after her big upset of leaving Vogue, she still has a steadfast staff that love her ideas (however off-the-wall or intense). When Carine is left to her own personal devices for her signature magazine, is a mix of a book and magazine, most accurately described as a TOME to FASHION (all caps).
The movie ended as a fabulous ode to a remarkable women with a Parisienne je ne sais quoi, a love of ballet, and all things graceful and mystical. The movie is a passing glimpse into the relationships Roitfeld has forged through years of hard work and love of what she does. It is an admirable person who can be so passionate, and her joie de vivre is definitely captured in Mademoiselle C.
Hannah Roth is a recent Virginia Tech grad (and hokie for life). She is a vintage/thrift store shopping junkie, and loves traveling. While her perfect day would entail some sort of mixture of cuddling with puppies, eating dark chocolate, and drinking champagne, she has more serious ambitions as well. Hannah's passion includes fashion and openly dives into DC's rapidly expanding stylish market.