Sunday 18 February 2018

Carine Roitfeld: I’m a female Tom Ford

Carine Roitfeld
Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld thinks she’s the female version of Tom Ford.

The former editor of French Vogue has been good friends with the designer for years. Many have called her his muse and think their similarities are the reason they work so well together.

“I heard some people say when I was working with Tom Ford at Gucci that I was his muse. I think it's a beautiful word but I don't know if it's exactly the reality,” she said.

“Maybe I'm a muse because some designers, they want to become one with the clothes but they can't wear their clothes. Maybe that's how I became the muse of Tom Ford, like the feminine version of him. I would say, ‘Oh Tom, I would love the skirt shorter, or longer.’ Or ‘Tom, this high heel is too high.’… Because thinking like a woman, you know exactly what you want to wear. That is the reason to be a muse for designers.”

Carine has always been interested in fashion, even if she couldn’t afford some of the bigger labels when she was growing up. She thinks her love of style is in her genes, and insists she has a very French look about her.

“It’s true I always like to mix femininity and something a bit masculine. It's the reason I love skirts with high heels and tights, and no handbag because I love having my hands in my pockets. Maybe it's a French style,” she mused to “But you know, I was raised in Paris, and even when I was a young girl I never pushed the door of Chanel or Dior or Saint Laurent or Balenciaga. I never went into those shops. Still, we all knew very well about these fashion houses, even if we didn't push the door of these beautiful brands ourselves.”

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