20 May 2009

Is Carine Roitfeld planning to quit?

We totally agree with The Guardian's assessment of Carine Roitfeld as the sexiest sixth-former in the boarding-school atmosphere of the fashion industry. The French Vogue editor-in-chief and grande dame of the Parisian fashion shows front-row movements are the subject of constant analysis – she elevated Gareth Pugh to cult status when she attended his first show in the French capital. Her outfits are watched closely to see what pieces she's already swiped from designer studios before they've even gone down the catwalk. But, most of all, the fashion crowd love her because she seems to wear what she wants (no bowing to those PETA protestors here) and has fun – smiling for the camera and posing happily alongside her equally chic daughter, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, or designer pals holding a glass of champagne. So what's her secret? ‘Fashion is not about clothes, it is about a look,' she has now declared. And as such she's not afraid to mix things up – in her edgy editorial or her looks. ‘It is the same with how I dress: I like to wear high heels with sweatpants, to wear white shoes in the middle of winter. I love when things are not quite going together. Even when I am old I will dress like that.'

And she's equally as adamant about how she styles each issue of French Vogue – with shoots and features that take a risk but without resorting to cigarettes, drugs or violence. It's kept her audience niche but that's how she likes it. Because as with every interview with Carine now, there's the subject of those rumours that she's been toted as Anna Wintour's successor at US Vogue. Not true, she declares – again. ‘No! How you say, there is no rumour without fire? No smoke? Well, in this situation, there was no fire, because I was never, ever approached to go to America. And, to be honest, if they approached me, I think it's really not me. I'm good at what I do here and I'm not sure if you put me in that world I would be as good. I think it's much easier to talk to 100,000 women than millions of women across America.'

But don't think that doesn't mean she's not thinking about her next move, whatever that might be. ‘I cannot do the same for the next 10 years. I love to change. I have been here eight years; I think maybe 10 years is good,' Carine says rather cryptically. Something tells us that comment will send the rumour mill into overdrive again. But perhaps that's what she wants. After all, just look at how she approaches changing her style with age: ‘When you get older, you have to stay a bit rock'n'roll so that young people will still be interested in you. The way you move, the way you talk, maybe the way you have your hair in your face a little bit – this keeps you interesting.' You're right, Carine. We're definitely interested. [Guardian]


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