‘Mademoiselle C,’ the new documentary chronicling Carine Roitfeld’s amazing magazine
Subversive, irreverent, indelible. All have been used to describe the magazines and styling work of editor Carine Roitfeld — and this month, those very words may be used to articulate the new documentary starring, well, her. MADEMOISELLE C, produced by New York–based Cohen Media Group, debuts in select theaters on Sept. 11 (as of press time, Dallas dates were not announced) and chronicles the inimitable Roitfeld as she produced the first issue of her new magazine, CR Fashion Book, in 2012. “I needed a story,” says director Fabien Constant, about the longtime Paris Vogue editor. “It came when Carine left Vogue and announced that she was creating her own magazine.” The resulting 90-minute film depicts the many roles of Roitfeld: instinctive editor, modern mother; provocative stylist; new grandmother. The film also includes appearances by many of Roitfeld’s high-profile fashion friends, from Tom Ford to Karl Lagerfeld to Linda Evangelista. While the documentary follows the process of the first CR magazine — it debuted in fall 2012; the second issue was spring 2013 — Constant claims that Mademoiselle C is a far cry from the definitive fashion-magazine documentary, The September Issue. That one tracked the making of the whopping September 2007 issue of American Vogue. “My movie,” says Constant, “is this antithesis of The September Issue, in that Carine is almost the opposite of [Vogue editor] Anna Wintour … the thing [Carine] loves the most is getting up in the morning to create pictures. Anna Wintour is a brilliant and intelligent politician, but she isn’t much of a creator.” That argument will be debated in fashionista circles until the end of time, when those credits finally roll. Information cohenmedia.net/mademoiselle-c
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