You might have noticed that we love a flashback here at Grazia towers, so we got a tad giddy when we saw Carine Roitfeld's latest shoot by Sebastian Faena for V Magazine which is inspired by... herself. But this isn't an ode to a fashion editor, as 'Carine's Sweet 16' is inspired by the days before Carine discovered Givenchy, when she had long tumbling hair and an obsession with Mickey Mouse.
To style the shoot Carine went right to the back of her wardrobe as the model wears cherry hats, star printed denim and gypsy blouses, as well as Carine's own polka dot tights and original tunic. Carine Roitfeld captions each of the looks, recalling everything from her Ziggy Stardust boots she bought on Carnaby Street to how she learnt English to 'Life On Mars.' We delved into archives to compare copycat Carine with the actual teenage Carine. Our conclusion? They look spookily alike.
But Carine doesn't just leave it to the model, as she also shares her own modelling composites. Carine spoke to V Magazine about her modelling days: 'The English photographer Tony Kent discovered me in the street in Paris when I was 16 and took me to Model Promotions, Elite Paris’s teenage division. After one season I went to London and signed with Bobton’s. These are my first and only modeling composites. On the far left I’m wearing a skirt that my mother made from souleiado, a very traditional French fabric used for napkins and table linens.'
The editorial also includes her teeny tiny measurements from when she was a teenager. She has size 4 feet, a 23¾ inch waist, 34¾ inch hips and is 5'7 - we imagine these haven't changed too much.
She reveals that: 'I was very skinny, so I bought my tops at children’s stores for very cheap. In France no one knew what a lunch box was because no one took their lunch to work. Mine was from Walt Disney and I wore it everywhere because I was obsessed with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. There was a shop on Rue de Canettes in the 6th called Western House that imported everything from America, and I found my Disney pieces there.' So that explains the Disney theme of the shoot.
The editorial is very realistic, even down to the way the model sits. Carine said: 'Crossing my legs like this was my signature. My clothes were usually very small and very tight, and I would go to lycée looking like this. The school was co-ed, so there were no dress codes, which I found very liberating.'
See how authentic the editorial is by taking a look at the real teenage Carine vs the model Carine in the gallery above...