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Carine Roitfeld: Grannies, go wild!

FashionBy Sunday World
Carine Roitfeld: Grannies, go wild!

Fashion expert Carine Roitfeld insists even grandmas can wear leopard print.

The former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris has a growing empire to her name, boasting a collaboration with retailer Uniqlo and helming magazine CR Fashion Book. Her stylish attire has also garnered her attention and Carine is happy to embrace her French lifestyle through her outfits.

“I love leopard print so I made a coat but you know my leopard is very dark, it’s not yellow, not aggressive," she said of one design for her Uniqlo collection during an interview with Britain's The Telegraph newspaper. "So even if you’re a grandma like me you can wear leopard. My granddaughter always says, 'Oh, Grandma, I love your fur!’”

Another staple part of a French woman's closet is a slip dress, which Carine made sure to include in her range. Tailoring is also important and the journalist-turned-designer is pleased Uniqlo have made her creations fit so well that alterations won’t be needed.

Not every garment in the line is girly, with the star explaining she injects some "man" into her wardrobe.

“I’m very ambiguous about women and men," she explained. "I mean in a fashion sense, of course. So most of the tailoring I like is very 'man’: the material, the finishing, the shoulders. The tail of the coats is very man. So it does not look cheap. A man never looks cheap.”

Being able to wear everything in harmony is important for Carine. With a busy lifestyle, the 61-year-old makes sure that picking what to wear is effortless.

"I wear black because I like it, but also because it’s easier – you don’t have to match the pink shoes with the pink dress," she noted. "So black, leopard, camo, a slip dress, tailoring, I can mix it all up. Is there ever a time when black doesn’t work? For a wedding. That’s a big problem for me. I like white, too, but you cannot wear it to a wedding, so it’s a big problem. Although the last time I had to go to a wedding, believe it or not, I was in bright pink.”

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