The Financial Times recently had lunch with former French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld, who discussed her relationships with Anna Wintour and Emmanuelle Alt, what the future holds and the pressures that designers face.
Some gems from the discussion...
On her pre-fashion party ritual:
While she has a taste for vodka, Roitfeld doesn't like champagne, which is a "problem at fashion parties", so before she goes out she will have a shot of vodka to ensure she arrives in a good mood.
On including Iggy Pop in her upcoming project for Barneys:
She hopes to "celebrate herself" by recruiting someone to be involved who looks rather a lot like her: Iggy Pop. "People always say, 'You look like Iggy Pop,' " she says, apparently unconcerned by the comparison to a rather grizzled-looking 64-year-old man. "I don't know if it's the eyes or the hair, anyway, he has a great style."
On what she hates most in fashion:
The freedom to pursue new projects is, she says, "like being 10 years younger". Plans include a book about her work, in which she answers questions from famous friends such as Sofia Coppola, who asked her what she hates the most in fashion. The answer? "Mules -- those shoes -- I hate them."