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Five Things You Might Not Know About Carine Roitfeld

Spiegel decided to sit down with Carine to discuss her newfound freedom, drugs, John Galliano, and more. We have picked out five things from the article that you might not already know.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Carine RoitfeldEver since December, when Carine Roitfeld announced she was leaving her post as editor in chief of French Vogue, the fashion world has waited with bated breath to see what her next move would be. Although this question has, temporarily, been answered—last week Barneys New York revealed that Carine would be coming on as guest editor, stylist and muse for fall, while earlier this week, Chanel announced Carine had styled its fall 2011 campaign—there are still plenty of unanswered questions. Accordingly, Spiegel decided to sit down with Carine to discuss her newfound freedom, drugs, John Galliano, and more. While we certainly suggest you go and read the entire article for yourself, we have, in the meantime, picked out five things about Carine that you might not already know.

1. On John Galliano:
“I had no idea how unhappy John Galliano must have been. You have to be very unhappy and lonely to praise Hitler in public while completely drunk. The House of Dior has always addressed a range of topics, for example, by having haute couture shows on homelessness where all the models look like people living on the street. But drunkenly shouting “I love Hitler” and calling people in a bar a “dirty Jew-face” is unacceptable. I don’t think he really believes what he said; they were simply the actions of a drunk.”

2. On copying:
“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.”

3. On her new projects:
“I have numerous projects in the works: a book with Karl Lagerfeld, another about my own work, an ad campaign for Chanel and some consulting work for Barneys, the designer fashion store in New York. Who knows? Perhaps I’ll become a muse for designers again.”

4. On the rumors she would replace Anna Wintour at American Vogue:
“That was never seriously under discussion. I like to provoke. I’m very French. In America, they’re not even allowed to show a hint of nipple in photos. Anna Wintour is the most powerful woman in the global fashion industry, the first lady of fashion. She’s a politician; I’m a stylist. They are two very different jobs. Incidentally, despite all the rumors, she is actually very nice.”

5. On her fashion tips:
“If you don’t want to make any mistakes, buy black clothes. That’s always good. And from age 50 on, you can slowly start adding a little beige. That’s softer. Every five years, you should take a critical look at your own wardrobe and, if necessary, eventually swap your bikini for a one-piece swimsuit.”

Photo: Hedi Slimane

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