Carine Roitfeld On The Power Of Kimye: 'Kanye West Is A Tough Partner In Fashion'

11 September 2013 by

[CR Fashion Book]

Kim Kardashian strikes a pose for Carine and Karl [CR Fashion Book]

We admit to being more than a little surprised when Carine Roitfeld chose Kim Kardashian to be the cover star for the latest issue of her magazine, CR Fashion Book. Carine is a smoky, sexy and awesomely dishevelled French editrix while Kim is famous for her all-American gloss, super-shiny hair and mega watt smile perfect for reality TV. It seemed like an unlikely match, but who are we to argue with Queen Carine?

That didn't stop us from questioning Carine when we spotted the editrix FROW-hopping at New York Fashion Week, however. 'When I met Kim, she was very pregnant and looked very beautiful,' Carine revealed. 'Every time I see a pregnant woman, I'm very excited to take a picture of her.' So it was that she shot Kardashian along with her partner in crime, Karl Lagerfeld, in a shoot that featured grills, crystal masks and a Yankees cap.

Did she have any qualms about putting such a high-profile celebrity on the cover of her high-fashion magazine? 'We're not People magazine so I didn't even put her name on the cover and I just thought Kim would be great.' Carine confesses that she wasn't aware of how world-renowned the star really is. 'I did know that she's famous and has a lot of fans, but I'm not an Instagram person so I don't follow that.'

Carine Roitfeld at the Michael Kors show with Anna Dello Russo [Grazia_Live Instagram]

There's no denying Kim has upped her fashion credentials since becoming one half of the entity known as Kimye. Kanye West swiftly ushered her into the fashion fold, introducing her to the likes of Anna Wintour and bagging her Riccardo Tisci by Givenchy gowns. And now she has La Roitfeld on her side. So does Carine see Kim as a style icon?

'I'd never met her before and when I did [meet her], she was pregnant. Being pregnant makes it difficult to dress for any woman. I see she's got really flat, really skinny now so I'll need to take a look at her style now.' One thing Carine is sure of? The power of Mr West. 'Kanye is a tough partner in fashion so I'm sure he's helped her [become a style icon]. I'm sure he's very aware of what they're both wearing.'

Go behind-the-scenes on Carine and Kim's shoot with the video below...

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