>> I just can't get Carine Roitfeld out of my mind these days -- she keeps popping up, saying the cutest things. The Telegraph did an interview with her just recently, and she makes me want to squeeze the adorableness right out of her.
Mme Carine on Tom Ford (who she worked with for 6 years):
'And then there was this guy called Tom Ford constantly calling us to work on his first collection for Gucci. But at this time Gucci was just a pair of loafers. I was young, I was, "Oh la la" - it was not trendy - "Who is this guy?" He called me maybe ten times and I say one day, "OK, come to the shoot," and when he came he was so beautiful, so charming and we say OK, not because of the clothes, but because of him.'
'I was like a feminine continuity of himself. We are both Virgo. We have the same history of what is beautiful, Studio 54, rock 'n' roll. Tom would look at me, the way I was crossing my legs, where I was putting my bags, how I was sitting. He'd say, "How do you wear it?" Me: "Oh, no bag with this, it's not possible." He discover maybe an idea of the woman through me. His first collection was not so sexy and then when I come in it was very 1970s, very oh la la low-waist sweaters, very open the shirt…'
Love all the "Oh la las" and the French accent coming through on paper. Mme Carine's fashion advice:
'For normal woman, with not big money, if I would give advice: buy mainly classic pieces and a new pair of shoes each season. A Burberry trench-coat is always beautiful. Maybe you change the belt and this season you put an Indian scarf. This is my speciality. Simple things to make it happen, to make it different.'
Seriously take the time to read this interview -- it is interesting to the last word. And you'll see what I mean about wanting to squeeze Mme Carine.