Exit Strategies Learned From ‘Mademoiselle C’

733793_196155290554286_967571666_nMaking a graceful exit is an art form. Smile, thank, say goodbye, heel pivot.

Or, if you’re fashion icon Carine Roitfeld, launch a new magazine blasting your signature style. The lady may just bring new meaning to the term French exit.

In 2011, the former editor-in-chief of held much of the fashion world’s spotlight during her much-publicized resignation from French Vogue. Roitfeld was a visionary, known for imbuing her leather-meets-lace vision throughout the pages of the magazine.

A new documentary, “Mademoiselle C,” chronicles Roitfeld’s move to New York and the launch of CR Fashion Book. We just missed the film’s select September showings around the country, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., with the last stop on Oct. 20 in Milford, Pennsylvania. (Shucks, we’ll just have to wait for DVD release. If you didn’t catch the film at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles, at least watch the preview here.) The producers are the same as “The September Issue,” that exclusive look at Anna Wintour’s making of the year’s largest fashion bible. The New York Times called “Mademoiselle C” a portrait of Roitfeld’s romance with fashion and the fantasy worlds she created.

As for the new fashion mag itself, CR Fashion Book features a trove nearly exclusively of backstage photos at designer shows, industry news such as a “fashion fight club” at Alexander Wang’s shop, and interviews with high-profile creative.

We’re glad to see that taking the risk to leave a passion you’ve loved for many years can still become a fruitful endeavor.

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