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Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent Hardcover – October 18, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Slp edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847833682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847833689
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.8 x 14.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Roitfeld’s latest endeavor, Irreverent (Rizzoli), is an aptly titled 368-page album of photographs culled over her 30-year career. Among images from some of her most famous, and most provocative, shoots—including Eva Herzigova posing with a lot of bloody boeuf for The Face in 1997 and last year’s plastic-surgery story with Crystal Renn—are intimate, endearing snapshots of Roitfeld’s partner, Christian Restoin, and their children, Julia and Vladimir. (In Roitfeld’s world, the personal is the professional and vice versa.)" ~Vogue

"...a beautifully presented mix of collaged images, notes, Carine's personal photos..." ~New York Magazine

"As I close it, I’m reminded of a line from Sunset Boulevard: “We gave the world new ways to dream.” That is what Carine has given the world, and what this book will give forever. Cherish it." ~V Magazine

About the Author

Carine Roitfeld is a legendary stylist and former editor in chief of French Vogue. Olivier Zahm is an art critic, renowned curator, and art director. He is the editor in chief of Purple Fashion. Alex Wiederin at Buero New York is creative director of Vogue Hommes International. His work in fashion, photography, and graphic design is highly acclaimed.

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Great coffee table book.
Ria Darling
Anyone who loves fashion and editorials will love this.
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I feel very fortunate to have a signed copy.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
IRREVERENT is a strange title for Carine Roitfeld's book. Roitfeld is a legendary stylist and former editor in chief of French Vogue whose reputation is beginning to approach that of Alexander McQueen. Her fashion and style statements are a bit on the edgy side and her willingness to share secrets she has held with some famous names seems to be one of the reasons of the publication of this book. IRREVERENT is a 368-page collection of pages with pasted photographs from her 30-year career, plus personal photographs (one shows her topless, wearing nothing but a black G-string and white pumps) and notes from the likes of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Tom Ford

Carine Roitfeld has stated that she's enjoying her moment in the spotlight: "I worked 20 years ago, and 20 years ago no one was talking about me. I didn't change. Maybe I was at the right moment. But sometimes I say, What is so interesting about me? I am just doing photo shoots. It's not something that extraordinary. I'm not a great artist, I'm not writing books, I'm not a painter, and people in the streets ask me for a picture or a note and I say why? But I think it's better to appreciate it, because maybe it's not forever."

For the reader who relishes Parisian couture and style this book of memorabilia will satisfy. She has been called both a style visionary and the instigator of dramatic change in clothing and body attitudes. For others, this may seem a picture book that is somewhat in the line of vanity press, but that is also Roitfeld's style. Art critic and curator Oliver Zahm and fashionista Alex Wiederin contribute to this book. Grady Harp, December 11
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ria Darling VINE VOICE on February 24, 2012
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I'll admit that this book is on my coffee table, right next to the one the Olson twins did-FYI, this one is bigger. I love Roitfeld (she's the former editor of French Vogue, is there a more amazing job?) and I love her style. To me, she's everything Anna Wintour is not- her style is edgy with lots of eyeliner and sheer fabric and using clothes in different ways from what they were intended. This book is like a personal fashion scrapbook about inspirations and looks that have inspired her from her photoshoots, plus comments from designers and photogs, usually in the form of handwritten notes. THe layout is great-it's a big book and it challenges you from a fashion point of view to come up with your own style and interpretations. Unlike the Olson book, it's not straight interviews with designers but an interview with Roitfeld and there's lots of comments and recollections from Roitfeld about other designers. One caveat-although she's now 'anti-smoking' there are A LOT of models smoking in the book. Great coffee table book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daoudmac on December 29, 2011
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Anyone who can appreciate fashion and what it takes to put together incredible images will be in love with this book as I am. I received it as a present and it took my breath away. To have Carine Roitfeld give her insight in short along with each editorial was amazing. To see the images her and Testino and other photographers have worked together with will go down in iconic history just as Helmut Newton, Avedon, Penn have. The images are wonderful and to see them all collected here with her wonderful insights to each editorial she worked on is brilliant. Cathy Horyn's essay is brilliant as well. Anyone who loves fashion and editorials will love this. Her work is outstanding and her vision is a real gift to fashion and great photography.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By boldly feminine on November 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was fortunate enough to see this book the night it was set in the window of Galgiani's in Paris early last month...the night of Carine's book signing no less- but didn't have a chance to read it until I came back home to the states. I am an author and a designer... and quite particular about what I endorse...but this woman has my admiration and her talent has my admiration. Beautiful book that is very personal, artistic and...yes..... beautiful. I feel very fortunate to have a signed copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DavidD on November 29, 2012
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This is a lot of book for the money. If you know someone that likes fashion, this will be a great gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Ford on March 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a really beautiful book. It takes the form of a scrapbook but very artistically laid out.
It is also over-sized allowing for more appreciation to the photos. There are a couple of interesting essays along with lots of comments by Ms. Roitfeld scattered throughout the book. The overall binding of the book is also stylish.
Highly recommended for fans of fashion and fine photography, also makes a really cool coffee-table book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bohobeachgirl on March 25, 2012
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I have long been a fan of Carine's, love her style! This is a good book, loaded with lots of great photos, a must have for anyone who loves French VOGUE. The only thing I was disappointed in is that they say it's a hardcover, but really it's not. The cover of the book is a cool matte black, but it's more like a fabric-covered paperback cover, albeit that it comes in the great hard cardboard box cover, which saved this review from being a bit lower...I enjoyed looking through all the photos and reading Carine's thoughts throughout the book. Very interesting and a great coffee table and collector book.
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