Hello there 🙂
You say you should never meet your idols, but a few weeks ago I could not miss the opportunity to do just that. My heart skipped a beat when an email with the subject line "Personal meeting with Carine Roitfeld" landed in my inbox. Roitfeld visited L.A. to talk about an exciting upcoming launch (more on that later), and he was available for 30 minutes. I immediately replied to confirm the meeting.
For the context, my apartment is filled with issues of Vogue Paris since when Roitfeld was editor-in-chief. When I was growing up, subscribing to the French fashion Bible was the only thing I wanted on my birthday, and I was studying each issue when they arrived in my mailbox in Arizona. Images of Lara Stone shot at the Mont Saint Michel are still attached to my board in my nursery. The edition edited by Sofia Coppola helped me get to the most stylish destinations in Paris when I lived there. It was special to meet Roitfeld – the woman behind some of the most important images and fashion influences that shaped my style perspective.
It seemed appropriate to meet Roitfeld at the Sunset Marquis, a hotel in the heart of the Sunset Strip with a legendary history that houses rock legends. As I sat down on a chair beside Roitfeld, I noticed her smeared black eyeliner, a silver necklace around her neck, and a gold metal Chanel bag – every element that radiated the spirit of rock & roll; pervaded every inch of the place around us; a style that has shaped modern French fashion. As we talked, we talked about new projects she has in the pipeline, but also about her perspective on French fashion. And from this I have compiled her lessons about the art of mastering the French style.