A little rain did nothing to damper Carine Roitfeld’s grand debut party for her new magazine CR Fashion Book at The Frick Collection on Saturday night. Men with umbrellas guided Karlie Kloss, Riccardo Tisci and Cecilia Dean into the museum where they were met with glasses of Veuve Cliquot poured by waiters who looked like slightly older-looking versions of the Brant brothers. In a side room, composer Ryuichi Sakamoto sat down at the piano to play a few pieces for the crowd, with Roitfeld front and center, swaying to the music. Kate Mulleavy from Rodarte caught the end of the performance.
“If you look at this party, at Carine’s new magazine, I think they embody who she is: so creative and free-spirited,” she said. “I was blown away by the magazine. Anyone who is a fan of fashion will be. She is doing things right now that I didn’t know I wanted to see. It’s expect the unexpected.”
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Much has been made of Roitfeld’s birth-themed issue, which has Kate Upton on the cover holding baby chicks. Julia Restoin Roitfeld mused that there are now two new additions in the family.
“They were born at the same time,” she said, noting the time between her own baby’s birth and her mother’s new magazine. “I really didn’t see anything until it was finished so I’m very proud to see the magazine now. It’s beautiful.”
Speaking of Upton, she showed up just past midnight at the Mercedes Benz-sponsored party. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model managed to steal photographers’s attentions away from the fashion heavy crowd that included Lindsey Wixson, Mario Sorrenti, Alexander Wang, Stephen Gan, Bruce Weber, Karen Elson and the Courtin-Clarins sisters. Upton had plenty of time to pose but not as much for reporters, only adding in passing, “I love Carine!”