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Isabeli Fontana in a dress designed by Alexandre Vauthier on the Martinez hotel terrace, overlookin...

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Isabeli Fontana in a dress designed by Alexandre Vauthier on the Martinez hotel terrace, overlooking the bay of Cannes. “It is summer and some of the models want to show off their bodies,” says Carine Roitfeld. (All photos by Schohaja Photography)

A stone’s throw from the dreamy ocean scene in the sleepy Riviera town of Juan-les-Pins, Carine Roitfeld, France’s most famous fashion editor, and her team are working away in near-silent union, inside a modern hotel resembling an airport lounge. 

Fontana shares a moment with Roitfeld at the fitting.

A group of older ladies chat away in the sterile lobby, eyeing diminutive sandwiches that look as if they have been designed for elves. The miniature nibbles have, in fact, been laid out for Roitfeld’s team, who sit inside an adjacent suite, sipping on warm lemon water instead. 

“I think I am going to be wearing a vintage dress from my own wardrobe tomorrow,” says Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of French Vogue, and editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book as well as global fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar. “I need to have my vintage stomach.” 

“When you wear vintage, you belong to nobody,” she adds.

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