Caroline de Maigret: 'How Karl Lagerfeld impacted my career'
Model Caroline de Maigret looks at Karl Lagerfeld as a "touchstone" for her entire career.
The 40-year-old fashion star became a catwalk sensation in the '90s, walking for the likes of Prada, Balenciaga and Chanel. Karl, who helms Chanel as well as Fendi, and also his eponymous label, invited her to walk in Chanel's resort show in 2011 and Caroline will always appreciate the profile boost he gave her.
"I've been working with Karl Lagerfeld for 20 years," she told Britain's InStyle magazine. "He's been a touchstone for my entire career. You can see how loyal he is by looking at how he treats the people around him. He's kind but also very smart, so if you ask him a stupid question he'll make a joke."
Caroline helms from Neuilly-sur-Seine, a commune in the suburbs of Paris, and the city has certainly impacted her impeccable style. She doesn't shop in the centre though, as she prefers browsing flea markets to find one-of-a-kind pieces, like a pair of vintage jeans. The brunette beauty is often spotted rocking an androgynous look, which she's aware not everyone is a fan of.
"I'm sure some British girls find French style boring," she shrugged. "It's a look I was raised on, but that doesn't mean it's the best way of dressing, and sometimes I'm jealous of the eccentric way you British (women) put outfits together. For me, the biggest fashion faux pas would be to do nothing at all."
Her appearance is a far cry from what it used to be, as Caroline admits as a teenager she was a big fan of the Goth look. She'd layer up on dark clothing, cringing: "I thought I was so cool!"