These days, Carine Roitfeld is busy juggling her roles as editor-in-chief of CR Book and global fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar, but the editrix wasn’t going to let that stop her from enjoying this afternoon’s Diesel Black Gold show. Of course, sitting alongside besties Stephen Gan and Nicola Formichetti definitely made it more fun.
“And [I'm] doing parties!” she added in that charming French accent of hers. “I’m fine, it’s just about enjoying what you’re doing. And I like Stephen, he makes me laugh. It’s okay, laughing a lot.”
Shooting a 16-page spread for all 26 international editions of Harper’s Bazaar as the mag’s first-ever global fashion editor isn’t a laughing matter though. Roitfeld, Gan, and a team of photographers and models had to work through Hurricane Sandy to do the “Carine on the Collections” spread. But it was all worth it in the end:
“You know, what is great is to know all the people on the planet can see your story at the same time. It makes [gestures excitedly] whoo! It was great organization of Bazaar, a huge opportunity for a French girl. It’s huge. It’s America suddenly, you know?”
The crew just finished shooting the second spread in Miami about a week ago, and Gan told us that it’ll be “Carine’s take on the pre-fall collections”. Of course, images aren’t out yet, but Carine spilled some deets just for us:
“It’s gonna be a fairy tale! There’s a lot more fantasy, a lot more adventure. The first one was very collection. There was no set, just about the clothes. Now we make a story with the clothes. So it’s a fairy tale because when you see the pictures, you will understand it’s a bit like a fantasy really.”
Roitfeld and Gan might be besties, but working together isn’t just all fun and games. Gan tells us that while it’s like “working with a good friend”, the two feel some pressure when comes down to editorial decisions:
“I always tell her, you know, when you’re doing a magazine, it’s like being a singer and playing a small downtown gig, and now, you’ve gotta think of a song that could go on the radio. That’s what it feels like.”
Check out some looks from the Diesel Black Gold show below:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.