Carine Roitfeld, Marc Jacobs Celebrate ‘Irreverent’

Carine Roitfeld Book Launch
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Carine Roitfeld and Marc Jacobs at the book launch of her autobiography, Irreverent.

If you noticed an unusually large number of people toting white Marc Jacobs shopping bags around the streets of NYC's West Village on November 11, it wasn’t a sample sale you were missing out on.

Carine Roitfeld held court at the designer’s Bookmarc store, signing copies of her autobiography Irreverent—along with old copies of French Vogue, her former stomping ground, that fans toted along.

Roitfeld devotees waited patiently in line to meet the fashion icon, who sat at a table by the window in the tiny store. Cell phone cameras snapped away when Jacobs himself arrived, about an hour into the evening, and plopped down next to Roitfeld as she greeted book buyers.

“It’s amazing,” Roitfeld said of the turnout. “It’s cold outside, and there are lots of people waiting.”

She said she tries to give special attention to each person. “Because they come to see me, I feel very special. They make the effort to come; if I had more time, I’d love to discuss more with them,” she said. “I love to meet and talk with people; I think it’s great.”

Roitfeld told FashionEtc which part of Irreverent, released by Rizzoli last month, is most meaningful to her.

“For me, the biggest thing in the book is the two pages about my parents, because they are not here anymore,” she said. “And family is so important for me; everyone I love gets their own page, and this double page on my parents is the most important in the book,” the soon-to-be grandmother added, and then paused. “You understand everything when you meet my parents.”

Bookmarc sold out of its entire inventory of Irreverent, more than 100 copies, at the signing.

You can get your copy online.