Carine Roitfeld's no-fuss guide on how to be chic in 7 quotes | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

French designer and fashion editor Carine Roitfeld poses as she arrives on May 23, 2019 at the amfAR 26th Annual Cinema Against AIDS gala at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France, on the sidelines of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

In line with the launch of Carine Roitfeld Parfums with Net-a-Porter, Carine Roitfeld sat with The Guardian to reveal gems of style advice. Roitfeld was the former editor of French Vogue, revolutionizing and pioneering a lot of what we see in today’s glossies, including curvy models and other controversial choices like fur and posing with cigarettes.

After her Vogue stint, Roitfeld established the bi-annual magazine CR Fashion Book, a bible on what’s what in fashion and CR Studio, a talent agency with clients like Givenchy, Tom Ford, Dior, and Chanel. You may not know it but there’s a huge chance whatever you prefer style-wise is because of Roitfeld’s taste.

If there’s one person to take notes from when it comes to nailing that chic Parisian lifestyle, it’s her. Here are a few quotes to live by from her interview.

#1 On wearing scarves: “Never a knot.” Only loop it to make a loose tie on or wrap it around your neck.

#2 On Botox: “I don’t want to name names but there are some who can’t move their faces anymore. Like Cher.”

#3 On being chic: “Chic is innate.”

#4 On selfies and Tom Ford: “…but [Tom] say to me: ‘Oh, you do not have a good angle Carine.’ I say: ‘Thank you Tom, that is nice of you.’ He say: ‘No no it is better that someone else takes your picture.’ I say: ‘OK, nice, stop. Do not say that.’ So I do not take selfies.”

#5 On Karl Lagerfeld: “He was the king of sending big bunches of flowers and handwritten letters. No one else does it like this.”

#6 On white hair and growing old: “But grandmothers now are not like before. My own grandmother seemed so old with her white hair. I dye mine.”

#7 On her morning beauty routine: “A bit of cream, a bit of black, a bit of perfume.”


Photo courtesy of Agence France Presse

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