The only person who comes even close to meeting Karl Lagerfeld‘s quote-per-interview record is Carine Roitfeld, and that is because she, too, is a fashion alien. In honor of VMAN’s 25th issue (which is not-so-coincidentally guest-edited by Carine), the former Vogue Paris editor sat down with Derek Blasberg to talk all things men and style. Unsurprisingly, she has some interesting thoughts.
On how she would dress if she were a man:
It’s difficult to answer that because I’m always wearing skirts! But if I had to think about it, I’d probably wear a combination of Tom Ford, some pieces from Riccardo [Tisci for Givenchy], and some very classic pieces from Hermès. And oh, I’d always add a little piece of Rick Owens. That’s very important.
Why all men should dress like politicians:
What I will say is this: If you’re ever worried about whether or not you are chic, go classic. When in doubt, wear a suit. Look at male politicians: You see them in a suit and they look fine. But if you see a picture of them on the weekend or on vacation, there’s a good chance they look terrible and unstylish. The uniform of a suit and tie can be very helpful.
On Steve Jobs:
Look at someone like Steve Jobs. His look wasn’t very special—black turtleneck and jeans—but he had style. He looked the same, and you knew it was him when you saw him. Plus he was a very smart person, which is also very attractive. His style was simple, not distracting, and very strong.
On American style and rappers:
like many of America’s subcultures. For example, I actually love the “rappers look,” with the saggy pants and oversized clothes. It’s very deliberate. But then again, perhaps all the ultra large clothes stem from that American desire to be comfortable and easy too. I don’t know.