Fashion Reportage

LE BAL // Paris

Just around the turn from the Arc de Triomphe behind a gated walled entrance was a glowing  evening of artistic collaboration and celebration of M·A·C Cosmetics & fashion icon Carine Roitfeld at the dreamy Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild. It is no surprise that a woman who is known for her smoky eye and “violating the codes of bourgeois elegance” would find her way into the heart of M·A·C and bring a new collection of makeup to the world table so that we may all be that cool french chic.

The night was alive through the flashes of cameras as the soul crushing voice of Paloma Faith echoed through the historic french rooms with graceful ballet dancers twisting and turning among famous designers sipping champagne and super models taking the air out of the room.  It was…

A night to remember.


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Le Bal hosted by Carine Roitfeld &  M·A·C Cosmetics on October 2, 2012 in Paris, France at the historic Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, during Paris fashion week to celebrate the launch of her first-ever colour collection

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  • The Modern Quill

    beautiful pics! who designed your gorgeous black lace dress you are wearing in your instagram feed? thanks!

    • Valentino! I borrowed it from my very stylish manager. Was a pretty exciting moment when Mr. Valentino saw me wearing his design! But then.. also nerve wracking to not have someone step on it, eek!!

  • Fantastic reportage work. Some of the better I’ve seen.

  • CiaoChessa

    I just can’t with this post. So much fabulousness, creativity and magic in one place. I especially love how the photos are mostly of private moments exchanged by a few party exciting story is about to unfold in each shot and they almost look like stills from a film. My favorites are ADR twirling (is that what she is doing with that glorious and insane “hat”?), the women gossiping, the couple whispering in a corner (those legs!) and Valentino and friend on a balcony. But let’s be honest, they’re all amazig.

    • It is in those private moments where you find magic right? You do it so well too my dear.

  • This has to be one of my favorite posts you have ever done. I seriously cannot get enough! On top of the already magical way you report events, the party-goers here are otherworldly… so much originality.

  • Oh the lady with the purple dress! She is divine! Amazing! Also the gorgeous Paloma….as always.

    • I’m kind of obsessed with Paloma right now! She’s incredibly talented, like goosebumps head to toe!

  • Sydney Ballesteros

    A beautiful capture of images….


  • beautiful photos.

  • Angela Bedell

    You are insanely talented.

  • thecitygourmand

    Wow, I am obsessed with these black tie fashions – so gorgeous!

  • Alexandra

    Wow!! These photos are stunning and take your readers into the room with you. The way you made black clothing stand out in a dark room is so impressive. Gorgeous!!!!

  • Jenny Kersting

    Those pictures were incredible! I loved looking at them. I haven’t been feeling well in my first trimester of pregnancy and haven’t felt motivated to comment on anything the whole time, but you just brought me out of my fog for a few minutes. Gorgeous! I’m grateful.

    • First off congratulations! What an exciting time. I’m happy to have brought a little inspiration to your day, I hope you are feeling better :)

  • Mark of The Beast

    not a single person in those images seems authentic…if you were to strip those people naked and take away their fancy clothes, inflated titles, and megawatt connections…what you would be left with is a vapid crowd of sycophants, gossipers, ankle bitters—basically, incredibly shallow, uninteresting, and self-centered people.
    Ornaments. That is all they are…the power of kindness and spirit are missing in that room.
    To think that the rest of the world is shouldering greater and greater economic burdens while a bunch of Marie Antoinettes in tulle, silk, and $1000 dollar stillettos twirl around—is indeed a sad sight.
    But then again, one should never underestimate the power of poverty paired with a guillotine.
    Fashion is always about excess, wealth, and the privelge….now that the percentage of well to do is shrinking,,,I wonder how long before heads start rolling.

    • Rebecca Kate

      It is utterly impossible to discern someone’s intelligence from (talented and gorgeous) photographs of people enjoying themselves in expensive, tasteful clothes. Vanity, vapidity and ‘self-centred’ qualities are also things that need to be experienced to be judged. These people I assure you are not trying to undermine the economy or indeed your honour. And as clever as your analogy is darling, there will always be someone more rich and more powerful than you. So please dismount your high horse

  • I could seriously stare at these photos forever… I’ve never seen anyone capture the emotions and real moments so well! You’re my biggest inspiration and you blow me away with your photography. Thank you for sharing!

    Best, Carin

  • what a beautiful event. i love this post. the images are inspiring.


  • Such magical and intimate moments captured here! The lady in the purple dress – I need to recreate her hair-do, asap. What a thrill to be amongst these creatures of a different world.

  • Purple? Maybe magenta purple?

  • Tamera

    It must have been extraordinary to be there documenting all those insanely chic people (and what did YOU wear?!?). Your photos capture the decadence of it so well.

    • hehehe, I wore a Valentino black satin and lace gown I borrowed from my very stylish manager! It was super exciting and super nerve wracking to make sure nobody stepped on it!

  • great and stylish photos! if you wish for more inspiration check this shoe shop

  • Everything is fabulous. Love love love Carine.

  • kim

    I still think she looks like Iggy Pop… 😉