instigate a new mode for the vertiginous decorative shoe, Roitfeld explains that, in truth, she gravitated to high heels for practicality and equality purposes: “Mario is so tall and I wanted to be tall working alongside him.”
Her style advice, as you would expect, is fearless. “Use what’s underneath – put it outside,” she instructs, assembling a Miu Miu look by placing a bra top over a sweater. “Do what you are not supposed to do, like wear white shoes all year round, which is what I like to do,” she goes on. “That is one of my tricks.”
It is not true, though, that she makes all her fashion choices without interference. The last word on a Carine Roitfeld look customarily goes to her partner, Christian Restoin. “I always ask him what he thinks and he might tell me not to wear something like a sleeveless dress,” she says. A fashion entrepreneur, Restoin founded cult label Equipment – best known for introducing masculine work shirts into women’s wardrobes by interpreting them in soft, washed silk – in 1976.
“I am not part of the ‘throw-away’ FASHION generation. I have a RESPECT for quality. I like things that get better as they AGE”
After featuring the shirts in French ELLE, where Roitfeld first worked as a stylist, she met Restoin at a dinner party in 1983. “This is a classic,” she says proudly – even though Restoin has long since sold the company – buttoning up a black Equipment shirt over a slip dress by Carine Gilson. “I am not part of the ‘buy and throw away’ fashion generation,” she says. “I have a respect for quality. I like things which get better as they age.”
Of that, Carine Roitfeld is a true living example.
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Bodysuit, bib, skirt and belt Carine’s own; sandals by Gianvito Rossicredits
Hair: Akki at Art Partner. Makeup: Carole Colombani at l’atelier (68). Fashion assistant: Sofia Catania