Mademoiselle C World Premiere after party at the Four Seasons Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
The World Première hosted by Cohen Media for Fabien Constant's exquisite Mademoiselle C at Florence Gould Hall of the Alliance Française in New York City brought out style icons, supermodels, the world's best dressed and their photographers to celebrate the incomparable CR Fashion Book creator Carine Roitfeld and Fabien's perceptive and sparkling film.
Miranda Kerr in Dolce & Gabbana Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Karolina Kurkova, Kate Upton, Karen Elson, Miranda Kerr, Karlie Kloss, Emily Ratajkowski, Crystal Renn, Lily Donaldson, Wes Anderson's Darjeeling Limited actor and jewellery designer Waris Ahluwalia, photographer Terry Richardson, Maria Sharapova, Garance Doré, European editor-at-large for American Vogue Hamish Bowles, designer Rachel Roy, actresses Kelly Rutherford, Hannah Ware, the multitalented Sarah Jessica Parker, and many more beauties showed up to the screening and after party at the Four Seasons restaurant Pool Room.
Carine Roitfeld wore Givenchy to the première - the Riccardo Tisci designed skirt a perfect screen that conjured up associations of transparent gypsy mermaids.
Sarah Jessica Parker, dressed in white skinny jeans, more casual than most of the guests, did not do the red carpet. She was easily spotted by me. If she wanted to hide, she chose the wrong outfit in a sea of long black dresses and skirts. It clearly helped that it was the start of New York Fashion week to make this the screening with the most impeccably dressed moviegoers imaginable. Some of the models dashed cross town from the shows at Lincoln Center. Many took extra care to dress for Carine, such as Miranda Kerr, who told me she selected Dolce & Gabbana lace.
Karolina Kurkova, Carine Roitfeld, Crystal Renn and Fabien Constant on the red carpet. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Director Fabien Constant photographed the super chic audience during his introduction to the première. At the after party at the Four Seasons, he dashed about like a swashbuckling Errol Flynn, a comparison I made to him which he liked very much. There was a hint of Old Hollywood and classic comedies in the air - the many black, some white, often lace dresses, the golden palm trees of the Pool Room, and a general positive energy that was triggered by the film and its subject.
On the red carpet, Model Kate Upton, dressed in black Lanvin talked about how much she enjoyed working with Carine Roitfeld, Bruce Weber, lots of babies and animals for the inaugural CR Fashion Book cover photo. The behind-the-scenes of this shoot marks one of the highlights of Constant's movie. Dressed as Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz, surrounded by "baby-animals", as Carine likes to call puppies et al., Upton indubitably had a lot of fun. She talked about how "surprised and excited" she was to be chosen for the cover and how inspiring Carine always is with her unexpected suggestions.
Fashion voice Garance Doré, when I asked her about the first image that came to mind when thinking of Carine, told me "her smile", a notion that was seconded by many of the collaborators shown in the film, who speak about her generosity of spirit. "She is beautiful, you know," Roitfeld said about featuring Kim Kardashian in her third issue of CR Fashion Book, which comes out this week. Every second question on the red carpet seemed to have been about this apparently shocking choice of model for a "high fashion" magazine. Carine likes to mix it up, she provokes and makes you think, not only dream, when you look at the images she styled in her ten years at the helm of Vogue Paris and now with her own magazine. The other favorite question was about the movie presenting a new facet of Karl Lagerfeld pushing her granddaughter in a stroller and interacting with his godson. The film shows how funny Lagerfeld is with children and bursts another bubble of perceived aloofness.
Kate Upton in Lanvin - "surprised and excited" to be chosen. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Terry Richardson and Carine Roitfeld, giving me the thumbs up with the evening's dapper host Charles Cohen. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Kyle MacLachlan, Kanye West, and I suspect, many more fascinating people incognito joined the after party. I exited into the night before the evening ended, taking seriously what Djuna Barnes found out over 80 years ago, that "Nothing Amuses Coco Chanel After Midnight."