Carine Roitfeld On Kanye: ‘He Knows Everything… He Could Teach Fashion’

Carine Roitfeld and daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

She might not be the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris anymore, but Carine Roitfeld is still a front row fixture at Fashion Week. So when we spotted her Tuesday at Diesel Black Gold, we knew we’d have to do whatever it took to get in a few questions with her — even if it meant pissing off a few photographers.

Roitfeld was sitting with her daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld when we saw the two being interviewed by an extremely nervous-looking Asian girl with a bob. Then, after the girl with the bob walked off with a relieved and accomplished look on her face, another woman popped out of nowhere with a voice recorder, then another came along with a notebook in hand, ready to scribble down whatever they said. When we finally had the strength (and the prodding from our editor Verena) to go and talk to Roitfeld, who’s been rumored to have a pred crush journalists into a paste with a single stare, we went over to find her missing.

Luckily she hadn’t been reseated — a dashing PR person working the show told us that Roitfeld and her daughter had gone backstage. While we waited for her to come back, we noticed our seat (and several of the seats next to it) had been take up by a few people who had been relegated to standing room. We’d have to stand, but it would be worth it for Carine, who was obscured by about 18 of actor Gerard Butler’s security guards by the time she took her seat again.

But once the press scrum had passed and we crouched down to talk to her, she was really very lovely. People were being ushered into their seats, so we knew we didn’t have much time — which meant we had to get the big things out of the way first. Did she, we asked, know anything about Marc Jacobs and his rumored move to Dior?

“You know, this is not confirmed,” she said. “But if it is him, I think he has the talent and the shoulders to carry such a big brand.” And that brand includes an additional two couture shows every year — which Roitfeld says he could handle. “I think if he’ll go to that brand, the more exciting thing for him will be the couture. Actually, it’s a very exciting project for him.”

Speaking of new projects, Roitfeld told us she didn’t know anything about the rumored Kanye West show during Paris Fashion Week, but that she would support any move he made in the business wholeheartedly.

“I know very well Kanye and I know he’s very good in fashion,” she said. “He know’s everything about fashion. He could teach fashion. I’m very curious. And I’ll be there — if there’s a show, I will be there, certainly.”

We have no doubt she’ll be in the front row. We, on the other hand, didn’t have a seat anymore, so we ended up sitting on a very chic Japanese women’s shoe (sorry, lady) in the edge of the photographer’s pit. But for the chance to talk to Carine it was worth it.

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