Former French Vogue EIC Carine Roitfeld hasn’t kept a very low profile during her post-Vogue career: she’s done a whole lot of magazine work, some campaign modeling, stirred up press by alluding to drama at her old post and launched her own fancy magazine. As part of the promotion for that magazine–the biannual CR Fashion Book–and apparently a makeup collection by MAC she inspired, she’s been profiled in the Telegraph. Moving past the regrettable headline (“Up close with Carine Roitfeld, the world’s chicest grandmother”), we learn many things that reinforce what we already know about Carine: she’s, uh, really rock’n roll! (?)
Anyway, Carine talks about peeing outside night clubs and insists that the Anna Wintour rivalry was manufactured, among other things. Most notably? When asked about the difference between the swinging world of ’70s fashion magazines and now, she replied:
‘Now it’s so censured, it’s very difficult, and you can do less now than you would be able to do 20 or 30 years ago. Sometimes they [her critics] were right. Of course now we discover that cigarette is very bad or of course anorexia is very bad. But I think you have less and less freedom and it is very sad because it is fashion. Fashion is supposed to be light and not try too hard.’
As absurd as this is, we’re kind of impressed that a powerful fashion editor discovered it at all (we’re still leery of Franca Sozzani‘s stance).
Also of interest, the Telegraph elsewhere insinuates that the controversial spread of Thylane Loubry Blondeau in make-up was Carine’s undoing. Hm!