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What better way for New York Fashion Week spring 2014 to get under way than the world premiere of Mademoiselle C, a fashion doc that’s both fun and utterly charming? Directed by Parisian fashion documentarian Fabien Constant, it portrays the chic 58-year-old French fashion icon Carine Roitfeld as she leaves the helm of French Vogue after a decade, and decides to launch her very own bi-annual New York-based magazine called CR Fashion Book.
The premiere of the documentary drew the likes of André Balazs, Karlie Kloss and a slew of other top models who claimed Carine “discovered them,” and even Kanye West, who made a late-night appearance.
The crowd that attended the Florence Gould Hall theater on East 55th Street might have been the best-dressed ever observed at a movie premiere. Roitfeld herself donned a long, printed, sheer multi-colored mermaid skirt by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, who appears in the doc with her, along with designers Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld and Donatella Versace. Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, P. Diddy, Kirsten Dunst and others all make brief cameo appearance.
At first, Roitfeld said, she was nervous about letting the cameras see so much. “I was not so sure, because to talk about fashion, it’s very easy to becaricaturelle. I wanted to show it in another way and maybe the audience will realize people working in fashion aren’t somégalomaniac.”
Director Fabien Constant confirmed Carine is intensely dedicated to her craft. “At a shoot, she is always the first one on set at 7 a.m., waiting for the clothes to arrive and talking about hair and makeup. She easily could have retired after French Vogue, but she wakes up every day and has to create pictures.