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In the Course of Art, Love and Scandal

February 28th, 2011, The Wall Street Journal

At Indochine Thursday, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and Andy Valmorbida hosted an after-party for the opening of “The Hallelujah World Tour,” an art exhibit by the Los Angeles graffiti-turned-studio artist Retna, whose work, once seen only on the street, was selling for upward of $30,000.

“I’m going to be a street-hold name,” said the painter.

Olivier Zahm, the 47-year-old editor of Purple magazine, was there too, already anxious about Valentine’s Day. “I’m working on the comeback of my girlfriend,” he explained. “She left me last summer. This is a big problem.”

Even for the international art set, the 14th, apparently, inspires some anxiety. Mr. Restoin Roitfeld said he wouldn’t be spending the day with his girlfriend of two years, Giovanna Battaglia, an editor at Italian Vogue. “Her grandmother is very sick at the moment so she has to stay with her family,” he said

His mother, Carine Roitfeld, shook her hair back and forth to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and said she’s been “very busy,” since resigning from French Vogue. Her son added that the resignation hasn’t yielded more mother-son time: “My mom is probably busier now than she was before.”

Meanwhile, Stefano Tonchi, the editor of W, set the record straight about a recent mini scandal with Kim Kardashian, who graced the cover of the magazine in November. On her reality show, “Kourtney & Kim Take New York,” she claimed she was told she wouldn’t be nude in the magazine, calling the images that ran “pornographic.” The scene prompted a “Saturday Night Live” spoof.

“She always knew what she was doing,” Mr. Tonchi said. “I think she maybe would like to rewrite history. It’s only great news for our website. I think we got seven million readers from her saying that.”

—Mike Vilensky


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