The Financial Times has a nice juicy profile of Carine Roitfeld out. Carola Long, the FT's deputy style editor, got to have decadent three hour lunch with the former Vogue Paris EIC at one of her favorite Russian restaurants in Paris (she ordered the herring). Over the course of those three hours, Roitfeld dishes on her new freelance life, leaving Vogue Paris, her booze preferences, the thing hates most in fashion, and the sorry state of runway shows today.
On booze: - Roitfeld doesn't order vodka at her Russian lunch with the FT, but tells the paper that "I don’t have vodka at lunch...It will be around 8pm when I go home that I will have a little shot. It’s my Russian roots.” She confesses that she doesn't like champagne, which is "a problem at fashion parties," and does a little shot of vodka before she goes out to ensure that she's in a good mood.
On Condé Nast France president Xavier Rometet's reaction to the Tom Ford guest-edited Vogue Paris: “No, he didn’t like it...Me, I like to push boundaries, I am irreverent, but he would prefer something softer, more mainstream. Maybe he was anxious about the future because magazine sales are going to be harder and harder.”
On Emmanuelle Alt: “We aren’t friends any more. I think it’s sad. When you give a lot of confidence in people and you don’t get it back you are a bit disappointed but it’s life. I move on.”
On looking like Iggy Pop: “People always say, ‘You look like Iggy Pop,’...I don’t know if it’s the eyes or the hair, anyway, he has a great style.”
On fashion shows today: “It’s less fun than it was 10 years ago...I liked the times when people were more crazy about fashion, they tried hard with the clothes they wore, they were so excited it was like the royal wedding – they could sleep outside the show...[Now] some people are more interested in what stylists are wearing to the show than in the show itself.”
On what she hates most in fashion: “Mules – those shoes – I hate them.”
For more awesome soundbites from Roitfeld, read the full article, "Lunch with the FT: Carine Roitfeld," here.