FILM REVIEW: Carine Roitfeld, the fashionable ‘Mademoiselle C.’


Anyone who’s seen The Devil Wears Prada has at least some idea what it’s like to work at Vogue (or at least, its fictional equivalent). If you’ve seen the documentaries The September Issue or Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, you have a more accurate idea of putting out fashion magazine in the U.S.

The natural companion piece to those is Mademoiselle C, about Carine Roitfeld, the woman who, for 10 years, edited Vogue Paris until her suddenly announced retirement in 2011 to start her own U.S.-based fashion magazine.

Roitfeld isn’t a quarter the personality that Anna Wintour (or Miranda Priestly) is; she actually seems to like people. That makes for a less dramatic (or at least melodramatic) story arc. Where are the tantrums, the long-suffering assistants, the hateful aside from her critics?

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Women in Media’ graphic novel features Ellen

Bluewater Productions, the same publisher that brought you the Lady Gaga comic, now offers its new graphic novel Female Force: Women in Media available tomorrow in stores. It’s more a compilation of previous comic book editions of biographies on Oprah, Barbara Walters, Meredith Viera and, of course, Ellen.

Not digging the cover all that much. With creepy smiles and heads floating in the clouds, it looks more like a memorial of female TV hosts gone to the great beyond. Just sayin’.

Here’s the word from Bluewater about the new release:

“The collected illustrated life stories of these media power players are together for the first time in this special collectors graphic novel. The ‘Female Force’ series has received international attention from The View, CNN, Vogue Magazine, People Magazine, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and thousands of other media outlets.

“Female Force offers a broad examination of strong and influential women who are shaping modern history and culture. In past issues, the monthly series has featured Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephenie Meyer, JK Rowling, Margaret Thatcher and others.”

You may want to hold your breath for their upcoming releases. A biography on Betty White is slated for a December release as is Female Force: Sarah Palin, The Sequel. Hopefully, just in time for Christmas!

—  Rich Lopez