PARIS, France — My favourite part of the recently released documentary on Carine Roitfeld is when the French Vogue editrix describes the level and degree of preparation for a shoot with photographer Patrick Demarchelier. The shoot takes place in an agricultural show, contrasting haute couture with farm animals. As she explains, every shot had been imagined in her mind beforehand and everything had been meticulously planned to keep up with the photographer’s quick pace. And yet, they executed with a small team to achieve what Roitfeld calls a very French photograph.
In another segment, Marc Jacobs explains the thinking behind the low key approach to showing his signature collection this year, when he went without the elaborate sets and 2000 person mega event of New York Fashion Week. He says that it just didn’t feel right this time and so they put the money (and focus) into the clothes.
As for Roitfeld, CNN’s documentary reveals her to be an authentic character, true to herself, and, a somewhat softer one at that. This, especially when contrasted with the strong fashion looks she wears from designers like of Ricardo Tisci and most recently, Joseph Altuzarra.
The CNN Revealed episode is the first of two new TV features on top fashion editors. A 60 Minutes profile of Anna Wintour by Morley Safer, now 77 years old and still getting scoops that other media outlets would kill to have, is said to air in May.
Apparently, Safer’s been taking this scoop very seriously. Fashion blogs have been aflutter ever since Cathy Horyn revealed that Safer (or someone working on the documentary with him) shushed Catherine Deneuve and Salma Hayek while they waited for him to complete an interview with Wintour.
But, you’ll have to wait until later this year for that. For now, you can watch Carine.
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