Don’t look! Oh, ok you CAN look if you want… Now, Grazia Daily loves us some Carine Roitfeld, but frankly, we are bored with hearing her answer questions about her departure form Paris Vogue. We get the picture: It was fine, everything’s good, nobody was mean, she just moved on. Blah blah.
However, we seem to be alone in being SLIGHTLY tired of hearing Carine chat about a job she’s already left, because in her latest interview with Spiegel, she answers a gazillion questions about her departure from Paris Vogue, and only fleetingly mentions her amaze-sounding future projects including ‘the Fall 2011 Chanel campaign, consulting work for Barneys, her biographical retrospective book with Olivier Zahm that comes out in October — plus, she mentions that she's working on "a book with Karl Lagerfeld,”’ say fashionologie.
Aaanyway; likes moths to a flame we were drawn to read Carine’s comments, but to spare you trawling through t’interview, we have selected the choicest nuggets below:
On the current state of the fash-on industry: ‘The pret-a-porter shows have become terribly serious. The atmosphere isn't as electric as it once was, and they now have about as much charm as a medical conference. But it takes just one good fashion show to get things exciting again . . . Creativity needs space and a willingness to take risks, but businessmen don't like risk. What's more, designers are coming under more and more pressure.’
On drugs in fashion: ‘My only drug is a small glass of vodka in the evening, if that's what you're asking . . . [Drugs are used in fashion] no more and no less than they are in other artistic circles. Yves Saint Laurent was the first person to openly admit to being a drug addict. Since I never touched drugs myself, I find it hard to tell whether people are taking them. But, of course, some people do. The industry has become faster and faster. People are constantly fighting jet lag and working through the night’
On Wintour, and the rumours that she was poised to replace her at American Vogue: ‘That was never seriously under discussion. I like to provoke. I'm very French. In America, they're not even allowed to show a hint of nipple in photos. Anna Wintour is the most powerful woman in the global fashion industry, the first lady of fashion. She's a politician; I'm a stylist. They are two very different jobs. Incidentally, despite all the rumors, she is actually very nice’
And on Galliano: ‘I had no idea how unhappy John Galliano must have been. You have to be very unhappy and lonely to praise Hitler in public while completely drunk. The House of Dior has always addressed a range of topics, for example, by having haute couture shows on homelessness where all the models look like people living on the street. But drunkenly shouting 'I love Hitler' and calling people in a bar a 'dirty Jew-face' is unacceptable. I don't think he really believes what he said; they were simply the actions of a drunk’.
- Alex Butt