04/08/2011 03:53 pm ET Updated Jun 08, 2011

Carine Roitfeld: Fashion Shows Have About As Much Charm As A Medical Conference

Former French Vogue Editor-In-Chief who will forever be the editor of our hearts, Carine Roitfeld, sat down with Spiegel for one of the more enlightening interviews since her departure from the glossy. Or maybe it's because we hang on her every mot.

Here's the most interesting excerpt from the discussion:

SPIEGEL: In France, you have a reputation for being the woman who invented "porn chic." Your photos were criticized because they showed young Lolita-type girls, pregnant women smoking and smooching seniors.

Roitfeld: Yes, of course. Fashion has to be given free rein and only a small number of restrictions. I never used any photos that my children shouldn't see; that was my benchmark. The little girls wearing makeup were never naked; it said "No Smoking" under the pregnant woman; and why shouldn't old people kiss? You must be allowed to play. Anything else is terribly boring. I've also painted white models black and later red, which (the French anti-racist NGO) SOS Racisme complained about.

SPIEGEL: Did you find that silly?

Roitfeld: It's absurd to accuse me of being racist. I dedicated an entire issue of Vogue to the black model Liya Kebede. I'm always looking for connections to real life. I once had a series of photos about fur; but, in these politically correct times, you can't even go out on the street in New York or London without getting a pie thrown in your face. The photos showed extras holding up posters of animal rights activists. It was meant to be ironic, but unfortunately not everyone got it. Why can't we wear the animals we also eat, such as sheep and rabbits?

And two more nuggets of wisdom that we'd like to print out and frame...

On fashion shows: "The atmosphere isn't as electric as it once was, and they now have about as much charm as a medical conference."

Hey, she did previously say she hates runway presentations.

On her fashion principles: "I don't change my handbag every season. I believe in the Yves Saint Laurent woman who either has her hands in the pockets of her pantsuit or is holding her lover's hand. She doesn't need a bag."

Read the rest at Spiegel Online. And find out more about what Carine's up to now here.