Carine Roitfeld Pre-Games Before Going To Fashion Parties


There are a lot of things we love about Carine Roitfeld, but the fact that she has a penchant for straight Russian vodka is pretty up there. And now, thanks to the Financial Times, we know that not only does Roitfeld prefer vodka to pretty much anything else, she actively drinks it before fashion parties so as to avoid having to sip the ever present champagne. In other words: Roitfeld pre-games!

Per FT.com’s interview with the ex-editrix: “While she has a taste for vodka, Roitfeld doesn’t like champagne, which is a ‘problem at fashion parties’, so before she goes out she will have a shot of vodka to ensure she arrives in a good mood.”

In what has become par for the post-French Vogue course, Roitfeld also shoots down any rumors of her taking over the reigns at American Vogue.

“It’s the biggest compliment that I could edit the biggest fashion magazine on the planet but I am not totally bilingual; I am irreverent, which works in a small country like France but not a big one like America and it’s a big business magazine. To edit a magazine like American Vogue you have to play politics and she is like a first lady.”

And while life after Vogue seems to be coming up roses for Roitfeld, she did cite one big difference.

…Having had a longstanding distaste for handbags she is now forced to use one because she doesn’t have an office. “I have discovered how useful it is to carry a book, perfume, agenda,” she laughs, glancing at her capacious black leather Alexander McQueen bag by the table. “It’s a new life.”

And an awesome one, at that.

Lunch with the FT: Carine Roitfeld [FT]

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