German magazine Der Spiegel published a great interview with Carine Roitfeld. Some memorable quotes:
‘Today’s fashions don’t let people dream as much as they used to. Twenty years ago, fashion was a promise — something that was part of your life and perhaps enriched it, something that reflected a particular era. If you look at advertisements these days, all you see are handbags. They aren’t about dreams anymore; customers are buying objects now, not dreams.’
‘Fashion stopped being a matter of money a long time ago; it’s a matter of taste. These days, even women with less money can dress well. I was always saddened by the idea that elegance was only something for a minority. It’s about style. Karl was the first one to understand that. It was very smart of him to design this H&M collection, and very smart of Chanel to allow him to do so.’
On the rise of the rich customers from Russia and China:
‘This obsession with particular designers is somewhat strange. I think it’s the safest way for these customers to find their feet when they first discover the world of fashion. You can’t learn how to be elegant; you can only learn how to avoid mistakes. The rest is instinct. Elegance is about the way you cross your legs, not the label or the newest clothes from the latest collection.’
On her own fashion principles:
‘I don’t change my handbag every season. I believe in the Yves Saint Laurent woman who either has her hands in the pockets of her pantsuit or is holding her lover’s hand. She doesn’t need a bag.’
They give you power. You move differently, sit differently and even speak differently.
On flat-soled shoes:
‘I wear flat-soled shoes on vacation, but I also travel in high heels, which is why I’m regularly stopped by customs officials at the airport. Wearing high heels in an airplane is suspicious. Nobody else does that.’
Read the complete interview here.
pic: Myr Muratet/DER SPIEGEL
Carine is wearing a no-name T-shirt from Los Angeles, corduroy jeans by Current Elliot and satin shoes she had custom-made in violet.