Carine Roitfeld Treats W Writer Like ‘An Obtuse Child’
Writer Caroline Weber was really just trying to do her job when she asked former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld to talk about Peter Dundas, who designed the Pucci dress she was wearing to her daughter’s 30th birthday party last November. And in what we would have thought was an uncharacteristic bout of bitchiness, Roitfeld kind of verbally shoved Miss Weber aside.
The W Magazine writer was working on a profile of Dundas, whose clothes are famous for celebrating how much he loves the body (but more on that in a bit). So it was only natural, then, that she got an opportunity to ask one of the most respected fashion editors on the planet what she thought about Dundas, she’d more or less be obligated to take a pass. This is what happened:
“When I explain to the hostess [Carine] that I am writing a profile of Dundas and that I’d be grateful for a quote about the dress she’s wearing, she glares at me, then answers extremely slowly, with the labored patience of a teacher addressing an obtuse child: ‘Peter made. This dress. For me. It is Pucci. PUCCI.’”
Ouch. Of course there’s more to Dundas’ clothing than the fact that famous women wear it. Weber finds that the man is able to spin his love of sex (“The truth is, it’s something that’s incredibly important to me,” he says to Weber while shirtless. “I think it should be important to everybody.”) into gorgeous garments that have the power to assuage the doubts of even the most self-conscious person, which Weber admits to being. She writes, after putting on one of his creations:
“Proudly he shows me how the cut “goes as high as it can possibly go on the leg, and as low as it can possibly go in the back…so that it is provocative, but noble as well,” he says. “Noble” is right. Transfigured by this dress, every curve of my body looks resplendent. I am a queen of hotness, seated on a throne of pulchritude.”
Not a bad tradeoff for being tossed aside by a Roitfeld, if you ask us.
Sexy Beast [W Magazine]