Hot Coffee, Summer Nights, Bowie And My Obsession With Carine Roitfeld
I was drinking my very hot coffee (because I couldn’t wait until it got cold nor had ice) in a 30ºC weather, listening to Bowie (since the Chanel FW19 RTW show “Heroes” has been on repeat competing only with my beloved Billie Holiday) and thinking how unproductive I had been today (I really wanted to write but had absolutely 0 inspiration) so I looked over and saw my Mademoiselle C DVD and thought: why don’t I write about my Carine Roitfeld obsession?
If you know me, or follow me on either Instagram or Twitter you probably have seen my bios and name handle, but, don’t be fooled: it is a 100% true that I’m a Carine Roitfeld stan, if it’s it what you call it.
It started back on 2015 when I first discovered my passion for fashion, I was wondering through Dazed & Confused’s website and saw pics of the Tom Ford’s Gucci campaign with styling by Carine Roitfeld in an article of the most controversial ads ever, and I, as I lover of controversy, absolutely fell in love with the Gucci pictures. Now, I didn’t even knew what a stylist was and what they did (I thought the creative directors that styled the shoots with clothes by them). So, after a lot of research, Carine Roitfeld’s work was always the one that got me from my soul, it made me uncomfortably understood.
And when I discovered the Mademoiselle C film my love only grew even bigger, it took me a year or so to find it online and, when I was half through the movie, I pressed stop and asked to my parents if we could buy it like RIGHT THEN AND NOW, it took almost two months for it to arrive from France, it was original and new and I watched it one day yes, one day not, for like a month.
Carine became for me not just a master of sex appeal and styling clearly made by a woman with women in mind, she was also very professional and nice to everyone around her, being nice to Condé Nast even when they were trying to sabotage the debut of her new magazine. She was everything I wanted to be both career wise and person wise.
After that my love and admiration for her only grew bigger, and now 5 years later I, a grown woman, can say, sipping coffee and reading my CR Fashion Book (that took three months to arrive and was EXPENSIVE) Issue 1: Rebirth, that when I grow up I definitely want to be at least half of what Carine Roitfeld is.
-by Ana Luisa Infante Malachias