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Julia Restoin Roitfeld Talk about Art, Fashion & Hunter & Gatti Exhibition

Julia Restoin Roitfeld is undeniably one of the most influential people in fashion right now, with an impressive career behind her as an art director and graphic designer. Daughter of Carine Roitfeld, the current editor of CR Fashion Book and former editor in chief of French Vogue, and Christian Restoin, the founder of French clothing label Equipment, Julia is the creative mind behind the campaigns of Max Mara, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rock & Republic and Altuzarra. She has also designed personalized invitations of various shows and events for her exclusive clients, among them Luella or Zac Posen, and logos for Genevieve Jones and Dasha Zhukova’s Garage Art Foundation. Julia, having graduated from Paris and New York’s Parsons School of Design, also works as a creative consultant for brands like Miu Miu or Jean Paul Gaultier. Many of you may remember her starring in the Lancôme or Tom Ford’s campaigns, with her extraordinary beauty stealing the spotlight. Hunter & Gatti were honored to have Julia Restoin Roitfeld as the official host of their latest exhibition at the Openhouse gallery, New York, some days ago. Julia captivated everybody with her unique style and contagious energy, being the perfect ambassador of the duo’s creative universe and the shining star of an unforgettable night.

Julia was very happy about how the event turned out and when asked about her impressions of Hunter & Gatti’s overpainted series, she commented on how the concept of mixing editorial photos and painting gives a new life to the original works, bringing “a new dimension, a new spirit, a new energy and the same time more value to the pieces”. The event was the perfect occasion for launching the first volume of HG Issue, a monographic about meat, leaving Julia impressed with the original mix of flesh and glamour, a union that, according to her words, really works. Hence, when asked about the new photographic portraits of Hunter and Gatti, featuring celebrities like Bruno Mars, Poppy Delevingne, Rebecca Fergusson and Douglas Booth, she didn’t hesitate to express her admiration for the “photographers’ talent to work with such different and strong personalities and manage to get the essence of each character”.

Julia Restoin Roitfeld was raised in an artistic family and since a very young age she became familiarized with different creative disciplines, so it was kind of inevitable not to ask her about the relationship between art and fashion and the growing trend of collaborations between designers and artists. Julia’s answer is revealing: “I have always thought that fashion is involved directly with the world of art, from the Renaissance to And Warhol. In many paintings there are strong fashion elements that form an important part of the composition, making it obvious that fashion and art were always together. The series of collaborations between fashion houses and artists is just a different way of mixing these two disciplines together”. There is no doubt that Julia Restoin Roitfeld lives for fashion, as she is surrounded by fashion on an everyday basis and employs all of her creativity in the fashion world. So what has she learned from all of those years of experience in the sector? We leave you with her insights and we sure hope to have the chance to talk with her again soon: “I have learned to have fun and follow what I want, not trying to overdo it and, at the same time, not intending to over control it. So my advice would be that: have fun, it’s fashion, it’s good, it’s nothing that serious after all”.