Carine Roitfeld on being Irreverent, loving Lara Stone and how to be a Roitfeld!

14 October 2011

CARINE roitfeld book signing grazia irreverent dover street market

She's the French stylist who invented 'porno-chic', the ex editor of Vogue Paris whose greatest fear is committing a fashion faux pas, the working mum with a model daughter and art curator son. Mais oui, we're talking about Carine Roitfeld, image-maker, designer muse, Iggy Pop look-a-like… The titles bestowed upon her are endless.
So it was hardly surprising Grazia Daily's tummy was filled with butterflies when we arrived at Dover Street Market to meet the lady herself. Yesterday evening saw the book signing of 'Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent' as part of Frieze Art Fair – a celebration of art and fashion through a series of installations and events stretching over six floors. Inside the Comme des Garçons space, we found a queue of eager fans and La Roitfeld greeting each and every one with a broad smile, squiggle of her name and jolly 'Bonjour!'.

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Naturallement, she was the embodiment of Parisian chic in a khaki jacket zipped to the waist over a blue and white striped shirt, skin-tight Balenciaga skirt (Carine never wears trousers) juxtaposed with Sergio Rossi studded leather boots, all in her favourite understated tones. In between signings, she'd fiddle with her shirt buttons to reveal a flash of lingerie beneath. Yep, Madame Roitfeld was everything we'd hoped she would be: impeccably glam, sexily dishevelled and bubbling with energy. Her art curator son, Vladimir, popped by to lend some moral support and prove those jutting cheekbones, sleek locks and rock 'n' roll vibe are a family trait, bien sur. 'You're working hard maman!' he said before kissing her in that Frenchy way and leaving her to it. Oh, to be a Roitfeld...
Then it was the moment we'd been waiting for. 'I 'ave to sit down! Come and sit by me, it is better for you,' Carine tells us in her gorgeously thick accent and patting the space beside her. So sitting together on the shop counter, it was time to find out what irrevence means to her, why she loves Lara Stone and of course, how us mere mortals can be a Roitfeld. Click play on the video to find out…  


Grazia Daily meets Carine Roitfeld

by Jessica Vince


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