“My mother subscribed to Elle, and I read every issue! My parents had innate elegance. I acquired a proper taste for clothes naturally, by observing them. There was a time when I thought this it was clothes that determined one’s appearance, but now I know that it’s people themselves. It’s on each of us to set our own pace against the whirlwind of trends.” ~ Carine Roitfeld, Irreverent
On the coffee table in my living room sits a single book: not one with gorgeous images of art or landscapes. On my coffee table sits a book written by fashion icon, Carine Roitfeld, Irreverent. In it contains the thoughts, comments, and images taken from the life of a woman who has much to say and one with whom I am obsessed. I started noticing Carine Roitfeld in the Sunday NYTimes style section when they would capture images of her and “the look.” I wondered to myself, who was this chic woman who wore the most daring high heels and pencil skirts like no one else, who always had a bit of hair covered over one smokey eye? After months of wondering I did the research and found out that she was the editor of Vogue Paris. Not a surprise to find out she was French (with Russian heritage) because Carine Roitfeld had what I always imagine a French woman to have – that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that belongs just to her.
In 2011 Carine Roitfeld resigned from Vogue Paris after a decade at its helm, and since that time she has continued to inspire me. She wrote her book and became the global fashion director for Harper’s Bazaar and editor in chief of her own, CR Fashion Book. In addition, she has collaborated with Uniglo to create a collection and is about to launch a second, so that we may all grab a piece of the Carine Roitfeld mystique for ourselves.
Every now and then I open the book on my coffee table to absorb a message for the day. On life, on style, on love, on passion – on anything that Carine Roitfeld has discovered in her life. She is now 61, but that doesn’t matter. Because she is still as vibrant and sexy as ever. I don’t know what it is about her – je ne sais quoi.