Carine Roitfeld Loves Ballet & Tom Ford, Hates Handbags

10/18/2011 12:40 pm ET | Updated Dec 18, 2011
  • Ellie Krupnick Senior Editor of Viral Content and Strategy, The Huffington Post

In addition to posing for covers, writing a book and generally partying all over the globe, Carine Rotifeld is launching a magazine -- you know, in her spare time.

On the occasion of the impending mag as well as the release of her book, "Irreverent," the former French Vogue editor-in-chief sat down with Lee Carter of Hintmag.com for a talk about... well, everything. The two chatted about her tenure at French Vogue, of course, as well as her penchant for "porno chic" styling.

But Carine, ever one to surprise, dropped some other fun details, including...

She hates carrying a bag.

"...It's true I always like to mix femininity and something a bit masculine. It's the reason I love skirts with high heels and tights, and no handbag because I love having my hands in my pockets. Maybe it's a French style."

She might just be the female version of Tom Ford.

"Maybe I'm a muse because some designers, they want to become one with the clothes but they can't wear their clothes. Maybe that's how I became the muse of Tom Ford, like the feminine version of him. I would say, 'Oh Tom, I would love the skirt shorter, or longer.' Or 'Tom, this high heel is too high. Or 'Tom, can I have a deeper-V decollete?'"

If she didn't work in fashion, she'd be a dancer.

"I love ballet because you can see how beautiful the body is. It's similar to my interest in fashion, except with fashion there are clothes. I think that ballet is very good for the body. It's very similar to yoga, because you have to hold a position. I did a lot of yoga, but now I've stopped yoga and I'm just doing ballet, maybe because I love the music of ballet, the piano. I love piano music, it reminds me of being in the Russian school of ballet, and I love that. I love listening to the piano while I am doing my ballet. If I could choose something besides fashion, I would love to be a ballerina."

A dancer? We really would have pegged Carine as a singer, what with her recent karaoke performances and all.

Read more of the interesting Q&A on Hintmag.com.

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