Going through the latest editorials, I was surprised to see Julia Restoin Roitfeld’s retro charm in the latest issue of Glamour UK! At a closer inspection, though, the model in question proved to be a lookalike!
Estelle Yves is her name, she’s a French model, just like Julia, except she’s 20. 13 years younger than Carine Roitfeld’s daughter and for the last 3 years she kept climbing the fashion ladder.
Ever since Julia Restoin Roitfeld gave birth to her daughter, Romy, in May 2012, her work as a model was rather hectic. Not that she was such a great model fixture in our monthly fashion magazines anyway, but let’s just say she was an interesting addition to the fashion offer ever since Tom Ford said embodied ‘exactly what beauty is to me’, back in 2006.
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Of course, having a famous pedigree helped tremendously (she is, after all, the daughter of Carine Roitfeld). But let’s face it, she’s not her mother, nor she is Kate Moss (who, mind you, got a special Bunny pictorial for her 40th birthday) so at 33, Julia’s modeling appearances just got more infrequent than ever before.
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Estelle Yves might just be filling in the gap. For the moment she seems to be a Glamour usual, hereby examples from the January and February 2014 issues. ‘Have a chic day’ was the story that caught my attention in the first place. Photographed by Chris Craymer, styled by Emer Dewar, Estelle’s hair was done by Tim Crespin at Sarah Laird and her makeup was done by Helen Walsh at S: Management.
It is highly possible that the January story above might’ve been realized with Julia in mind, because the next month, Glamour UK assembled another team, also with Chris Craymer behind the lenses. However, Karen Preston styled this month’s ‘Now Showing’ story with Estelle Yves and James Hampson. The makeup by Eli Wakamatsu at Emma Davies Agency and hair (again) by Tim Crespin reveal another side of Estelle’s modeling abilities – one that isn’t necessarily tied to Julia Restoin Roitfeld.
The resemblance is there, and while Julia is focusing more on her daughter and issues related to parenting (she started a website for parents romyandthebunnies.com), younger models like Estelle use known clichés to make their ascension easier and more familiar. I highly doubt Tom Ford would ever pick Estelle to embody his ideal of a woman, though…