It’s looking like a slow news day with the Versace for H&M madness subsiding (or at least shifting to eBay) and Thanksgiving coming up, so we were psyched to find this Carine Roitfeld interview with the UK’s Guardian, published over the weekend. It’s another piece timed to the release of her new-ish book Irreverent (a lovely holiday gift!), and even though Carine has given tons of interviews to promote Irreverent, she never runs out of witty, charming and hilarious things to say.
In this interview, she advises women to dress their age and never ever borrow from their daughters closets:
As you get older, you must never share your wardrobe with your daughter. Never ever. You will never look beautiful in a jean jacket and a mini-skirt, even if you have a beautiful body. You have to wear something for your age or you will look really ridiculous. There are too many 50-year-olds dressing as 20-year-olds. You have to look every five years at your wardrobe and say: “Is it OK to wear this with my legs? Is it OK to wear sleeveless with my arms?’ Then you have a cull. It’s not nice but you have to do it.
It’s good advice. Click through for more highlights, including Carine’s thoughts on Twilight, her new magazine, and her habit of styling shoots with with scissors and meat.
On whether’s she’s a Twilight fan:
No, not at all, but I did this launch in a Russian nightclub called Rasputin and everything inside is black and red, and I think it was perfect as a theme to be vampires. It was an easy costume for people: for the boys, tuxedos and fake teeth, and for the girls, you just put on black makeup.
On styling shoots with models with scissors and meat, what a shrink might say about it, and her new mag:
Maybe I have to see one! I’m not a nostalgic person: I never look back, I always forget. I was very productive. I did a lot and then I forgot 70% of it, so when I did look back in the archives it was funny to see these themes. For me, when I was a little girl, I loved to cut the meat for my mother, and then I did so many pictures with scissors and blood and cigarettes. Now, with my new magazine [Roitfeld is planning to launch a quarterly English publication next year], I need to find a new recipe or I think people are going to be a bit bored if I go back to the same thing. I’m bored myself. My husband is trying to quit smoking so I’m never going to use a cigarette again in a picture. It’s a new decision.
On being skinny and preferring curvier models:
I don’t smoke and I do eat. I’m skinny because of my dad. It’s true I know a lot of models who keep thin with a cup of coffee and a cigarette but I don’t think it’s wise because I have kids. I try not to show in a picture something that’s not good for them. At Vogue I never took an anorexic girl. I prefer curvy women like Lara Stone. She’s fantastic. Women always are more important for me than the clothes. I never treat a woman as an object, always as a woman, and most of the time the models I use are more voluptuous.
On wearing jeans:
Of course [I wear jeans]! Never while going to Vogue. At the magazine my assistants were wearing jeans; for me, I needed to be different. But I wear them a lot on holidays, and at home I wear a lot of leggings because I do a lot of ballet.
On Kate Middleton:
I think she’s a great looking girl with a good body. She dresses quite well. She wears a lot of English designers, which I think is good.