We've been waiting for this one for quite a while now so imagine our excitement this morning when we finally got to peek inside Madame Fashion Carine Roitfeld's book, Irreverent! Published by Rizzoli and not in stores until October 18th, the 368-page tome looks back at the fashion stylist/editor/muse and her 30-year career and let's face it, we're surprised it hasn't turned out to be a 12-volume-long fashion encyclopaedia because it easily could have been! And we wouldn't have minded at all.
Irreverent is full of gorgeous editorials (prompting more than one 'oh, remember when she did that?' from the Grazia Daily team) for The Face and, bien sur, Vogue Paris, more intimate personal shots of Carine herself including shots of her younger self, her partner and Equipment shirts founder Christian Restoin and their children, Julia and Vladimir as well as notes and scribbles from the likes of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, and Tom Ford. Carine gave some very Carine quotes to American Vogue over a phone chat from Paris to talk about the book so here are a few to ponder over your morning cup of coffee like, 'I have so many proposals in front of me, cosmetics or even a clothes line. I didn’t say yes or no.' We're guessing the Carine eyeliner would be an instant best-seller!
On her life after Vogue Paris she said, 'everyone says I’m more relaxed. The moment you leave a big company after ten years, even though I was very happy there, everything looks different—like a bird in a cage, even if it was a golden cage. I have freedom and freedom has a price, but in another way I enjoy this and maybe am more serene, more quiet, more cool, more calm.'
On being Carine Roitfeld, 'I think everything came with the blogs, because I worked 20 years ago, and 20 years ago no one was talking about me. I didn’t change. Maybe I was at the right moment. But sometimes I say, What is so interesting about me? I am just doing photo shoots. It’s not something that extraordinary. I’m not a great artist, I’m not writing books, I’m not a painter, and people in the streets ask me for a picture or a note and I say why? But I think it’s better to appreciate it, because maybe it’s not forever.'
Any regrets? 'Here in France I’ve seen some very good young designers, but they don’t have this ability to be good businessmen, too. I think America gives you this. Maybe one regret I have about Vogue Paris is not to be more helpful for young designers. It’s true when you have a magazine, you have more power to help. My last issue was dedicated to young designers. OK, it was the last issue, but it was a beginning.'
And fiinally, Carine had this to say on using cigarettes in fashion shoots. 'The book is dedicated to my husband, who quit smoking seven months ago. When he decided to stop smoking, I said, "My God, it’s too bad I didn’t try to help him to stop before". Now I decide I will never use a cigarette again in any shoot. When you’re doing fashion pictures, you’re talking to lots of figures; some are very young, and they’re like sponges. So if your girl is smoking a cigarette, they can say, "Oh, my God, it’s smart to smoke a cigarette, it’s good for the look, so I’m going to have one, too". And it’s totally stupid. It’s an easy solution to make a picture more interesting, but it’s not the only solution. And now it’s like, forgive me for all these cigarettes I’ve put in all these issues.'
Carine Roitfeld asking for our forgiveness? Not very irreverent but Carine, could we ever hold a grunge against you? Nope.
-- Kiki Georgiou