Behold Carine Roitfeld's Irreverent Book!

17 March 2011

Perhaps we should have a word with Carine Roitfeld on taking it easy. It looks like she’s been keeping herself as busy these days as when she reigned supreme across the Channel chez Vogue Paris. Earlier this week we brought you news of her secret early-morning studio visits with designers during New York and Paris fashion weeks and today we – finally! – got a confirmed release date for her much-anticipated Rizzoli book.

October 4th, people! The 400-page tome (that US Amazon already has on pre-order for $67.50) is simply but nonchalantly called Irreverent but alas, the just-released image of the cover does not give much away as to its content. So, what do we know so far? The book is edited by Purple magazine editor Olivier Zahm, is written by Carine herself although it’s expected to be image-heavy and features contributions by The New York Times’ feared-and-revered critic Cathy Horyn and a certain Anna Wintour.

If you’re still hungry for more Carine titbits here’s what she told last month. We know that Carine was in New York to attend the amfAR gala and her son’s exhibition but she was also there to finish working on le book. ‘I’m very late, so it’s my last days to finish it. It’s supposed to come out September or maybe October of this year.’ You could call it a look back at her impressive career although that’s not something that Carine is a fan of. ‘I never like to go back, so to go back to a picture you did 20 years ago, it’s almost like going to a shrink. It’s a lot of emotion…Most of the pictures are the ones I did with Mario Testino…It’s mostly dedicated to Mario, that book.’

Expect to see some of the barrier-pushing, nay shattering fashion editorials she’s worked on, including the infamous “butcher” shoot with Eva Herzigova and as far as working with Olivier Zahm, she shares this, ‘Always I like to have trouble. It’s not easy to have two big personalities like Olivier Zahm and Alex Wiederin (art director) working together, with me in the middle. But I know “star wars.” I spent a lot of time between Tom Ford and Mario Testino, so I learned how to deal with it.’

Carine, you had us at ‘star wars’!

-- Kiki Georgiou


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