Posts Tagged ‘Vogue’

Mademoiselle C

Carine-Roitfeld-Mademoiselle-C-PosterAhhh I love me a good fashion film. From Lagerfeld Confidential to The September Issue, they bring to life a world that you only usually encounter on a glossy, two-dimensional surface, or for a few fleeting, ephemeral moments during a catwalk show.

The latest is Mademoiselle C, a documentary that follows Carine Roitfeld after she leaves her position as Editor in Chief of French Vogue and starts on her first project, which comes to be called CR Fashion Book.

She leads in this impossibly glamorous, luxurious life, yet you still get to see that this is a real woman with feelings – when she tears up talking about her daughter Julia having a baby and how she hopes she’ll be as good a grandmother to Romy Nicole as her own mother was to Julia, it’s moving  and the anxiety she expresses on leaving French Vogue to strike out on her own is completely authentic.

Leaving the comforting familiarity of any job you’ve done for a long time and having to establish yourself as an individual is daunting, and even though she’s living in a different universe to most of us, where money and connections are really no obstacles, such is her honesty and warmth, I found I could identify with her situation.

Carine has a finely tuned sense of the ridiculous, making me feel that if she wasn’t a superglam fashion editrix, she’d just be a fun, jazzy French lady who shamelessly enjoys the finer things in life – food, wine, clothes – who could be your mate’s (sexy-as-F) mum. There are delightful moments of humour in the film – Karl Lagerfeld pushing a pram, Donatella Versace’s totally deadpan expression (or is that the surgery?) on being told by Carine that she has become a grandma.

Mademoiselle C Karl Lagerfeld Pushing a stroller Orange Juice and Biscuits Carine Roitfeld
She has a sweet, genuinely loving relationship with Tom Ford – they’re like an old married couple who understand each other’s thoughts and intentions before they’ve voiced them. She even manages to make monogamy look chic and sexy, having been with the same man for 30 years (without marrying him.)

Some people get angry with fashion documentaries that seem to be all about the surface gloss of the business, but I think they’re missing the point – fashion’s substance IS the superficial. Honestly, I love the artifice and luxurious fantasy of it all. This is a world where, quite literally, your feet don’t touch the grubby ground, instead moving seamlessly from car to carpet, spike heels sinking into the deep, plush pile.

In the show notes to his final collection for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs wrote “I take pleasure from things for exactly what they are, revelling in the pure adornment of beauty for beauty’s sake. Connecting with something on a superficial level is as honest as connecting with it on an intellectual level.” That’s what makes a fashion film like Mademoiselle C – or Funny Face, or Valentino: The Last Emperor for that matter – such an unashamed pleasure.

Coming up at the Pamflet Salon in August: BIRDS IN THE WOODS

gone-to-the-forestJoin us at Drink, Shop & Do for our next two summer salons! Scroll down to the end of the post to buy tickets.

On Monday 5 August from 7-9.30pm we host BIRDS IN THE WOODS: Pamflet Salon with Katie Kitamura, author of Gone to the Forest and Evie Wyld, author of All the Birds, Singing.

51+qziASQxLWe are thrilled to have New York-based art critic and author Katie and Granta Best Young British Novelist and South Londoner Evie as our first ever novelist-guests at the salon. They’ll read from their latest, critically-acclaimed (see below) books and will join us for a Q&A. In the second half of the evening we’ll have a book club discussion on Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea, a personal Pamflet favourite which was inspired by Jane Eyre and was first published in 1966.

Praise for Gone to the Forest: ‘Kitamura’s second novel has shades of Coetzee and Cormac McCarthy, with a compelling power all her own.’ Guardian / Gone to the Forest is darkly seductive’ Vogue / ‘Bold and hauntingly beautiful’ Observer / ‘Magnificent’ FT

Praise for All the Birds, Singing: ‘Her writing is precise, intense, haunting and poetic.’ Sunday Times / ‘Wyld is fearless’ Telegraph / ‘A hair-prickling thriller. It’s the quality of Wyld’s prose that really blows your mind.’ Metro / ‘Outstanding’ Spectator

Tickets for the August and September Salons are on sale now at £11 per event or £20 for both. Price includes Drink, Shop & Do’s divine wine and cake and you can read about what happened at our previous salons hereIf you have any problems using Paypal to purchase tickets, please email us at [email protected]


How Bazaar! Our Vreeland-themed Salon

On Tuesday we returned to Drink, Shop & Do for the first of our series of summer salons. Our guest speaker was Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, author of a truly fascinating and insightful biography of the great Diana (Dee-ahna) Vreeland, editrix supreme and the force behind the Met’s famous fashion exhibitions.

Here’s a little excerpt from our introduction:

Amanda worked as a screenwriter for an independent film producer before writing her first biography, Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and Mother in the Gilded Age and her brilliant biography Diana Vreeland: Empress of Fashion was published by Thames and Hudson earlier this year… Diana Vreeland was made for a life in fashion – her entire philosophy corresponded perfectly with fashion’s – she essentially Photoshopped her own life, emphasising the good – her glamorous childhood in Paris – and erasing the bad – her husband’s love affairs, her deep-seated insecurities about her looks.


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The first in our series of summer salons takes place on Tuesday 2nd July with Amanda Mackenzie Stuart, author of Empress of Fashion: A Life of Diana Vreeland. Amanda will be talking to us about Diana’s life and work and how she came to write this comprehensive biography in an evening of bookchat and wine at our favourite venue, Drink, Shop & Do in Kings X.

We have long been fascinated by Mrs V, arch-editrix and tastemaker extraordinaire. She was the ultimate example of how clothing can be used to construct a better, truer version of yourself. Her influence can still be felt today – although no-one has ever come close to surpassing her vision, creative courage or pizzazz.

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Or Why is Everyone Always Naked in Edgy fash mags?

I downloaded the new issue of LOVE magazine last week (not the best idea, but worth trying on my new occasional/communal use ipad) and it’s been a while since I had a proper look at one of the thick biannuals so I was like ‘ok so nipples are back then’ when I had a swipe through.

There’s something contrary about a fashion magazine that doesn’t dress its models. Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE… They all supposedly exist to sell us clothes after all. But LOVE is obviously a bit beyond the mainstream monthlies, a fash journal that sets the style agenda and the new season’s aesthetic – it’s ART tartz.

So the only clothes I noticed in issue 9 are the ones in the adverts – CLEVER. Instead covergirl Kate Moss is adorned in twisted bits of dried flowers in one shoot or writing sexily, bottomless, in the bath in another. Which is all very lovely of course, and it’s not as if we haven’t seen it all before (wink>>KATE!) – but then that’s surely why it’s not shocking… and I was only slightly surprised because there are so many pages of it.  Read More…


"Vogue loves...Indie mags: Hogarthian graphics and modern feminism from Pamflet"

"It makes me feel less despair to know that somewhere deep inside the Jordanization of modern Britain there are still a few angry feminists out there." Zadie Smith

"Pamflet is the photocopy-quality soapbox for two young, sarky post-feminists from London who want women’s rights and the right to wear pretty things, and want it, like, yesterday." Sunday Times Style

"They’re funny and honest and write about fashion with feminism so I’m obviously all over it." Tavi