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SoHo Gallery? Black, of Course.

February 18th, 2011, The New York Times

Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, 26, is an art dealer and curator. His most recent endeavor, with his partner, Andy Valmorbida, is the recently opened exhibition of the Los Angeles-based street artist Retna at a gallery space in SoHo. Mr. Restoin Roitfeld, born and raised in Paris, is surrounded by a holy trinity of fashion-savvy women: his mother, the recently departed French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld; his girlfriend, the L’Uomo Vogue fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia; and his sister, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, an art director and a model. CHLOE MALLE


Andy and I started installation on the show very early this morning. It was freezing cold outside the space so I wore gray wool pants from Alexander McQueen, my winter coat by Margiela, a long thermal T-shirt, a vintage black sweater, black scarf, black hat, black gloves and Visvim sneakers. We installed in the space for about three hours, then the three of us went to the George Condo exhibition at the New Museum. On our way to lunch, we found 20 dump-bound wooden palettes curbside on Bowery outside the Chinese hardware store, which Retna needed for the exhibition and hadn’t been able to find. The gloves came in handy.


I wore black Dior jeans, warm black leather boots by Hogan, a black long-sleeve thermal T-shirt, a black cashmere sweater from Marc Jacobs, a black cashmere beanie, and my black Margiela winter coat. My dad and I bought the same coat in Paris and I wear it every day.

After setting up the show all morning, we set out to Fort Greene in the afternoon, where I had a meeting with the painter José Parlá at his studio. We saw some of the works in progress for the new show, which look amazing. I got a bit over-excited and bumped into a table where there was some wet paint lying about, and it splattered all over my jeans. Just part of the job!


I woke up at 6 a.m. today and went directly to the gallery to get a heads-up on what had to be done before the rest of the team got there. Then, I jetted uptown at 11 a.m. for the shoot for this article. I wore my black Dior by Hedi Slimane jeans. They are my favorites. I started buying them when I was 20. They’re the best fit for me. I also wore my brown boots by Tom Ford, which were a birthday gift from my girlfriend; a black Armani jacket; and an American Apparel long-sleeve T-shirt. Any city I travel to, I always get some more American Apparel shirts, as I wear them almost every day.


Andy and I spent the whole day, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the gallery with Retna and his team. I sported my usual work uniform: Dior jeans, brown Hogan boots (I think they are the ones designed by Dennis Hopper, limited edition — they are really biker boots), black long-sleeve American Apparel T-shirt, black cashmere sweater, black Margiela coat with a black Chrome Hearts beanie.


I got in my black Dior jeans, brown biker boots, thermal long-sleeve T-shirt, black cashmere sweater, black cashmere scarf, Chrome Hearts beanie and winter coat — and I was still freezing. I stopped at the dry-cleaner and dropped off my two suits to be cleaned for the amfAR benefit and the exhibition opening. There was soooo much wind in the street, I could barely move forward. I met up with Andy at the space. Everything was really taking shape and everyone was in a good mood.

Around 6 p.m., I headed back home. I got into my RVCA gear and had an hourlong kickboxing session. Afterward, I went to dinner with my parents, sister and a few close friends. I switched into a black Armani jacket and white T-shirt.


I woke up sick today, with a fever and sinus infection. I got into my usual gear but added some gloves and a big pashmina scarf that I bought in India a couple of years ago. You can wrap it up around your face.

I went to the space with Andy as we had so much work to finish and clients coming down. All was going really well, but I had to see a doctor. So I went back uptown and saw one at my parents’ hotel. They told me I needed a couple of days of bed rest. Not good timing. I still made it to the amfAR benefit at Cipriani Wall Street. I wore a black Armani tuxedo. The best one I have.


I stayed home all day today — in bed, sick with fever. For the opening and after-party of the exhibition I wore my Armani black jacket, black shirt, Hermès scarf, some black jeans and black vintage boots. I took vitamin C all day and probiotics before heading out.


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