Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s Exclusive Top Shopping Picks for BlackBook

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Mega exciting news: TopShop is opening up a new flagship on 5th Avenue on Wednesday — possibly its biggest store anywhere, and certainly the biggest in NYC. It’s a doozy.

More on TopShop’s new flagship tomorrow… in the mean time, get your shopping list started with Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s top shopping picks, exclusively for BlackBook.

Black premium later plated backpack, $240

Star teddy, available exclusively at TopShop in NYC

ilver Gallop metallic court shoes, $95

FashionFeed: Milan v New York Fashion Week, Anderson Cooper v The Row’s Alligator Backpack

● It’s official: the dates for next fall’s fashion week in Milan are set, and they overlap with New York and London’s dates. [Style] ● Watch Anderson Cooper rage against this alligator backpack. One thing, Coop: it’s $34K, not $39K. (Like it matters). [Styleite] ● Behold every colorful outfit in Beyoncé’s catchy new video for ‘Countdown.’ Let the American Apparel turtleneck sales commence. [Fashionista]

● Watch Julia Restoin Roitfeld art directing Willow’s SS12 lookbook. [Sassy Bella] ● The top 10 models of fashion month have been announced, and our girl Anais Pouliot made the cut! [Telegraph] ● Watch out, DIY bloggers. Snooki is having her way with a glue gun, sequins, and printed duct tape – and the results are actually quite crafty. [Glamour]

Esprit Looking To Up The Ante; More Bad News At Ungaro

Esprit, the boat-neck, nautical print loving chain retailer is looking to attract a new clientele — specifically that of fashion savvy shoppers more loyal to outlets like H&M or Topshop. The brand “is trying to make an impact with larger, architecturally significant stores and an edgy new advertising and image campaign,” says Women’s Wear Daily. So, what exactly does ‘edgy’ entail? Cameos from Julia Restoin-Roitfeld (daughter of French Vogue‘s Carine Roitfeld who is also the face of Jil Sander’s debut fragrance) and model Daisy Lowe (Gavin Rossdale and Pearl Lowe’s scion who has starred in everything from Marc by Marc ads to DKNY).

While the choices aren’t uninformed ones, the ad campaigns themselves aren’t especially ‘edgy.’ “Lowe’s images were shot in a car graveyard outside Los Angeles to reflect the youthful spirit of the clothes. Restoin-Roitfeld was shot with a larger group of models walking through the Californian desert,” says WWD. What dead cars say about young clothes is beyond me. But hey, at least they didn’t go so far as to enlist a controversial young starlet as creative consultant for the brand. Turns out Ungaro’s choice of hiring on Lindsay Lohan has not only pissed off the fashion house’s namesake, it’s resulted in the CEO of the company quitting as well. “Mounir Moufarrige, Ungaro’s president since 2006 and the architect of a strategy that brought tabloid sensation Lindsay Lohan into the French fashion fold, has resigned,” says WWD. After the verbal beating Moufarrige has taken from both critics and the press alike, it’s no surprise. No word on what this will mean for Lohan’s floundering fashion reputation.

Julia Restoin-Roitfeld Goes Before the Camera

If you’re not already familiar with French Vogue editrix Carine Roitfeld’s scion, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, you will be soon. The Parsons grad is a trained art director who has cut her teeth under Fabion Baron at Baron & Baron (she was subsequently chosen as the creative force behind Rock & Republic’s FW08 ad campaign, which starred her brother Vladimir). But, these days, she’s moonlighting as a model and spokesperson more often than setting up shop behind-the-scenes. Having recently posed for an editorial spread in Harper’s Bazaar UK and starred in ads for Mango, Restoration of the Monarchy, and Tom Ford’s Black Orchid fragrance campaign, the doe-eyed brunette has already racked up quite the modeling resume.

Now comes news that Restoin-Roitfeld will star in Jil Sander’s new fragrance campaign for the scent, Jil, not to mention the Bleeker Street by way of Paris fashion offspring recently mugged for Todd Selby’s namesake photo blog. Among the more revealing aspects of the series, Restoin-Roitfeld showcases a penchant for animal-themed wares (both stuffed and fashioned as jewelry). Meanwhile, not surprisingly, Restoin-Roitfeld’s shoe collection is about as enviable as her sartorial pedigree.

Photo courtesy of the Selby.

Melissa Coker’s Filmic Fashion

imageIn this digital age, lookbooks are largely archaic — now it’s all about the short-film lookbook. It’s now often customary for hip designers to assemble their celebrity pals for a fashion-cum-performance art piece. Wren designer Melissa Coker is carrying the torch this season. She has her pals model Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker (of the Citizen’s Band), and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld (daughter of French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld) showing off her Spring 2009 collection. Coker and her filmmaker pal Alia Raza combined dialogue from Robert Altman’s 3 Women and Woody Allen’s Another Woman to create a short called “Another 3 Woman.” Raza explains, “It’s less about the literalness of what is occurring on screen and more about what remains in our minds and influences us after we’ve seen a film or a work of art.”