There’s no drought of Carine Roitfeld in the news these days. Ever since the former French Vogue editor went solo, she’s garnered global attention for her high-profile styling gigs for the likes of V magazine and Barneys, and since the release date of her anticipated memoir, Irreverent, is fast approaching, the normally tight-lipped Roitfeld has been chatting up the press, too. After the jump, glimpse a few highlights from her recent interview with The New York Times, in which she discusses Tom Ford’s alluring charm, the real reason she left Vogue, and her footwear nemesis.
Roitfeld includes a handwritten note from designer Tom Ford in her book, revealing that he once asked her on a ‘romantic date.’ Although her dear friend is gay, she notes that he has a way with ladies. “Even the way he touches a woman, the way he puts his hand on your back or the way he opens the car for you, he’s a gentleman,” Roitfeld explains to NYT. “You’re dying that he likes everything you’re wearing, everything you’re doing, because his taste is very important to you. You want to seduce him all the time.”
Although she doesn’t specifically get into the Thylane Blondeau media frenzy, she does note that her reason for leaving French Vogue had nothing to do with the controversial issue that the 10-year-old model was involved in. “I decided to leave before this issue because I was doing French Vogue 10 years, 100 issues,” she says. “A lot of people say I was fired because of this issue, because of the little girls dressed in mom clothes.”
On a lighter note, Roitfeld also addresses how she’s often compared looks-wise to musician Iggy Pop (“I would prefer if they said, ‘You are a beautiful version of Iggy Pop’”), her take on American style (“When I see a woman in the street, sometimes I think, Oh, it’s a bit too comfortable the way she is dressing, you know? And not in a nice way”), and the one style of shoe she wouldn’t be caught dead wearing (“I hate mules. I hate the noise when someone walks with mules. Clomp, clomp, clomp. I think it’s very not chic”).
Read the complete NYT interview here.