Carine Roitfeld: 'I haven't had my last word yet'
Carine Roitfeld has no intention of retiring anytime soon and still has "a lot to say in fashion".
The 61-year-old stepped down from her position as editor-in-chief of French Vogue in 2010, after 10 years with the magazine. She has since focused her attention on her own publication, CR Fashion Book, and her collaboration with Uniqlo.
Despite her advancing years, Carine can't imagine a world in which she would not be working in fashion.
“I have a lot to say in fashion. I didn’t say the last word," she told WWD in a new interview. "I have yet to make my best show. Every time I make a new issue, I think I can do better.”
Carine's debut range with Uniqlo hit shelves in October and quickly sold out. She launched her second line for the company last month (Feb16) with similar success, and remains grateful to the store for giving her a chance as it has hugely improved her bankability.
“Thank you, Uniqlo. People think that I’m bankable now,” she said. “It’s opened a lot of doors for me. Before, even two years ago, people thought, ‘Oh, maybe she is a good stylist. She knows how to do a specific magazine, but she is not talking to a wide public.' "
However, Carine acknowledges: "It’s very difficult to give me a title. I don’t know exactly what I am because I’m not really just a stylist; I’m not really just an editor in chief; I’m not just doing advertising. I’m doing so many projects."
Carine has in fact become something of a brand in her own right. One person not surprised by this development however is Tom Ford, who has worked with Carine for nearly two decades.
"I am not surprised that Carine has become a brand," he said. "I am just surprised it didn’t happen sooner. She is avant-garde and always pushes boundaries, but she still has a very commercial understanding and universal appeal.
"She has always had incredible style. But, more than that, Carine has a certain independence that sets her apart from other stylists and editors."