AllyG: I’ve been following Carine Roitfeld with much interest lately. I’m sure she’s very flattered by my attention. It must be very humbling.
For those who haven’t had the chance to read up on Ms. Roitfeld, she is the Editor in Chief of the French edition of Vogue. A job she has held since 2001. There are some rumours that the role of Jacqueline Follet in the Devil Wears Prada was based on Carine…which I would love to believe. Roitfeld responded to questions around whether she would like to take over American Vogue in a 2007 article (I know it’s now 2009 and things can change, but I’m not being paid for this gig so my research is fast and furious in the evenings. Seriously, it’s a juggling act. I’m balancing my massive bowl of frozen yogurt and laptop while keeping one eye on America’s Next Top Model. So, deal with the 1980 magazine references).
On the subject of ambition, I venture, in The Devil Wears Prada the editor of French Runway (for Runway read Vogue) has her eye on the editor’s role at American Runway … Is that a job Roitfeld would want?
‘The ultimate Vogue to do would be the American Vogue, because it’s ‘uge …’ She sounds almost tempted, before saying, repeatedly, what a great job she thinks Anna Wintour is doing. Roitfeld knows first hand: she worked at US Vogue as a stylist in the late-Nineties. She considers the idea again before making her mind up. ‘I have more fun doing my magazine. We French, we small! We can smoke on the cover, we can show tits, we can do crazy calendar; we have a lot of freedom that they don’t have in America. I think I would be very frustrated not to be able to do all my craziness that I’m able to do here in France.’
LaineyGossip (are you reading Lainey? You should be reading Lainey) often states that there is no better shit than girl shit and I would totally agree in the case of Anna and Carine. Just look at this photo. I’ve totally been in these photos. You know the ones. Where you sitting next to someone you are totally threatened by, but you don’t want them to think that you’re threatened by them, and you hate/love what they’re wearing so much and want to rip it off and wear it yourself to prove that you look better in it. Those photos. You’ve been there, non?
Maybe they’re BFFs and I’m the only catty one in the world.
If L-A was around she would totally tell me to get to the point, so I’ll try. Carine has now taken the number one spot on AllyG’s list of style icons. She’s in her 50’s and still knocks it out of the ballpark for a team filled with tiny-insect -figure-20-year-olds. The word that comes to mind when describing Carine is fresh. Her makeup is fresh, her clothes are fresh, and nothing is over-thought. Here are a few of my favorite examples.
You love her, yes? First photo. Oxford shirt with strangely appealing khaki (that is khaki, right?) skirt matched with shoes I would scrub a thousand toilets for. The three photos above my friends is what I call, Le Fashion Hat Trick.
Let’s move on:
Honestly? I’ve never cared about eyebrows before. I deeply care about Carine’s.
The good news is that I found a great article on how to be Carine Roitfeld . I share this with you because I love you. I can only hope that your committed study to the practices outlined in this article will result in an army of Roitfelds marching about Barrington St.