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Carine Roitfeld Book Preview: ‘Fashion Isn’t As Much Fun As It Once Was’

Next month sees the release of the bumper-sized 386-page biography of the much-lauded French Vogue editor, Carine Roitfeld. Curated primarily by Olivier Zahm, it's a beautifully presented mix of collaged images, notes, Carine's personal photos — including cutesy pictures of her children Julia and Vladimir as Ickle Kids — and editorial spreads. Interspersed with the pictures are short Q&As between Carine and a whole host of fashion folk, and a much longer interview between her and Olivier that meanders its way through the whole book. The interview, like the pictures, is pretty great.


Do you see yourself as an artist?
I don't see myself as an artist. In a way, I envy the freedom artists have. Artists can push themselves beyond their limits, in pursuit of their ideas and their vision, even if they are inhabited by demons that can also play tricks on them. I would love to have that purely creative side. But fashion has allowed me to collaborate with artists of all different kinds — writers, filmmakers, as well as genius hairstylists and make-up artists.

Where is the world of fashion going, in your opinion?
Fashion isn't as much fun as it once was. It's less light-hearted, less spontaneous. Fashion has become an industry, one that increasingly stifles creation. Sometimes I go to runway shows and I feel like I am at a medical convention, or a corporate seminar. There's no excitement anymore, no amazement, none of the madness you could experience even a few years back ... I respect this business, and I understand the risks involved, but I also want to preserve a degree of naivete and spontaneity. Because fashion is nothing without its carefree side.

Welcome words indeed with six days to go before Fashion Week starts. See some images from the book in the slideshow.

And we're off a little early for the long weekend. We'll be back to our regular blogging schedule on Tuesday. Have a safe Labor Day Weekend and having fun wearing all your white pants while you still can. Just go ahead and stain them already.

Photo: Courtesy of CARINE ROITFELD: irreverent; Rizzoli;

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