Although everyone was tired and bored with Carine Roitfeld over – exposed style in her Vogue Paris days, you can hardly come across any fashion soul who doesn’t sigh in regret over her departure from the fancy French fashion glossy.
Because, with her eternal French chic molded by the grands of fashion, Carine Roitfeld has become a legendary, mythical figure in the industry whose opinions and orientations are held in highest regard by both professionals and amateurs. Because Carine can really move crowds and set new horizons for the rivers of fashion tumultuously, incessantly flowing each season.
For if it hasn’t been daylight clear already, let it be known: Carine Roitfeld is a fashion icon. A trend setter, a style savvy. Also a freelance stylist, publicist, and … a grandmother! At 58, Carine’s career & personal life seem more blossoming than ever, more fulfilled than ever.
The second issue of her CR Fashion Book is out now, under heavy ballet influence (her previous issue, her first, actually, was conceived and released while Carine’s own daughter, Julia, was pregnant with now 9mths old Romy, thus the theme of that particular issue was ‘birth’). Carine herself, at the age of 58, is swearing on an hour of ballet every morning to keep in shape.
Head spinning, huh? But one’s gotta work hard to keep the good looks and great spirits when in this business. And Carine Roitfeld, who used to work with Tom Ford or Mario Testino in her young, formation years, is familiar with the ‘buy and throw away’ philosophy of the new fashion generation. But she’s not part of it. She’s aging. And she’s aging well. Much like her style which is more about quality, getting better with age. Who would, just by looking at these pictures by Sebastian Faena, tell Carine’s real age?
In this interview for Net-a Porter, Carine shares some of her style golden tricks we’d better follow ‘a la lettre’:
‘Use what’s underneath – put it outside. […] Do what you are not supposed to do, like wear white shoes all year round, which is what I like to do. […]
I like black because it’s easy. […] Aging – I don’t like it all. I don’t care about wrinkles, I don’t have many. But my body gets tired. So I do ballet to compensate for the loss of strength. […]’