Carine Roitfeld Says Fashion Is Obscene

  • Ex-editor of Vogue Paris Carine Roitfeld is decompressing from her former job by not wearing tight skirts anymore — instead, she wears “no-name t-shirts,” hand-made purple shoes, and jeans, something she once told an interviewer were “for my assistants.” These days, she also admits, “The fashion industry certainly has its obscene sides. The cost of a coat can be obscene. So can the cost of a photo shoot if you’re working with a really good photographer. But when I see how good the photos have turned out or even how well the coat was made or how many people worked on it, it’s not quite so obscene anymore. Of course, it’s not like we’re working in a hospital; we don’t save lives every month. We just make decisions about skirt lengths, about an inch more or an inch less. That’s all.” Der Spiegel asked the obvious follow-up: Didn’t that ever seem pointless? And Roitfeld replied: “For 10 years, it was a hell of a lot of fun. But, toward the end, it unfortunately got less and less fun. You used to be able to be more playful, but now it’s all about money, results and big business. The prêt-à-porter shows have become terribly serious. The atmosphere isn’t as electric as it once was, and they now have about as much charm as a medical conference. But it takes just one good fashion show to get things exciting again.” [Spiegel]

Jessica Alba does her moody best to impersonate a model in the new Vogue Italia.

Paz de la Huerta signed a modeling contract with One Management. Maybe they can get her her own line of custom-matched lipstick? [NYPost]

Terry Richardson blogged five pictures of guns yesterday, and a picture of the graffito, “People of the world Rise Up!” [Terry’s Diary]

Representative sentence from this story about Francine Prose Pascal’s style [horrifying Freudian slip there, apologies]: “Just like Elizabeth and Jessica, the women in Pascal’s family all wear precious lavalieres.” [Racked]

  • Dame Vivienne Westwood turns 70 today. [Vogue UK]
  • Chanel face Heidi Mount is going through a contentious divorce from hairstylist Shawn Mount. (Shawn Mount was accused of rape last year in London, and Heidi stood by him at the time. Charges were later dropped.) On Tuesday, she called 911 after becoming frightened that he would try to harm her or their four-year-old son. [NYPost]
  • Someone apparently thought it would be a good idea to have Glenda Bailey, the editor of Harper’s Bazaar, interview Christiane Amanpour in Washington, D.C. Bailey told Amanpour, “You are the thinking man’s bit of crumpet.” [WWD, @jessicakleiman]
  • Nine de la Fressange is 17 and people keep bugging her to be a model. They stop her literally on the street, offering her Louis Vuitton contracts and the cover of French Elle, and Nine de la Fressange just turns it all down because she has to study her Ancient Greek. Well, except she did just do a little Bottega Veneta campaign, no big deal. And there was that time she was in Vogue Paris… [Vogue UK]
  • Aldo has knocked off Toms shoes, the charity shoe company that gives free shoes to children in the Third World. Stay classy, Aldo. [Racked]
  • Fergie is launching her second perfume, Outspoken Intense. It smells like how Fergie feels right before she steps on stage. [WWD]
  • In a long interview with, Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani says her publication’s web site (which includes the Vogue Curvy and Vogue Black portals, as well as Sozzani’s own stabs at blogging) receives over 1 million unique visitors per month. And she says she doesn’t believe that cannibalizes her newsstand. “Not at all. I believe the website is doing a great job because it functions as
    a teaser for the magazine. September, October, and November our sales were up twenty-seven percent, and this is because of the web. Everyone has this idea that online will kill print, but it’s not true. Like everything else, it depends on how you do things.” []
  • Khloe Kardashian says Lamar Odom was “even more into” the idea of doing a unisex fragrance together as a couple when the perfume company they were working with to develop and market the scent told them that no celebrity had ever done that before. Unbreakable by Khloe and Lamar “sold out” in limited distribution for it’s Valentine’s day launch, although the company would make available no figures on actual sales, and it’s still trailing Kim’s perfume. [WWD]
  • You can now buy Courtney Love‘s second-hand clothes on eBay. [Courtney Love Couture]
  • Christian Louboutin — who has made only red-soled shoes since 1992, which isn’t actually that long ago, but apparently he’s very dedicated to this particular non-functional design element — is suing Yves Saint Laurent, which made a shoe for spring that has a red upper and a matching red sole. [NYDN]
  • Christian Lacroix: Now designing furniture. [WWD]
  • Doutzen Kroes has been cast in a Dutch film called Nova Zembla. Her character will be shipwrecked in the arctic in 1596, and fall in love with a cabin boy. [Modelinia]
  • Seems like a major follow-up fail to not ask the hot new Tunisian model about her reaction to the world-altering news in her home country — especially after Hanaa ben Abdesslem opened the door by saying that in her spare time, “I usually spend my time updating myself with all the latest news happening around the world.” Maybe it was much more important to ask her beauty routine, but we just don’t see it. [The Cut]
  • Lily Donaldson is trying to rent her two-bedroom on Avenue B for $7,995/month. [Curbed]
  • Marquita Pring says, “Growing up I was always the biggest girl in my grade. I had always been told that I had ‘such a pretty face,’ but everyone seemed to feel the need to stress that it was only my face that was so pretty, never any mention about me just being beautiful, only my face. It was always a compliment but I always wondered why just my face?” Pring, who has shot with Solve Sundsbo and walked for Jean-Paul Gaultier, says her dream would be to land a beauty campaign, or work with Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte “—curvy women themselves I might add. Their prints and designs are unique, flattering, avant garde, and so feminine.” [Fashionista]
  • Rent the Runway, the online dress-rental service, has been a hit with sorority girls, who apparently regard with horror the prospect of appearing at a frat social or a football game in the same dress twice. [WSJ]
  • A Russian fashion line was inspired by Orthodox Jewish clothing for fall. Like everything else, it’s been done. [Racked]
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