I expected a good read after carrying a two kilogram book around the mall (while window shopping) after meeting up with my friend Anna De Leon. She decided to bring this along instead of the Tom Ford book.
AND IT DIDNT DISAPPOINT!
The book Irreverent is a 10.4 x 1.7 x 13.7 inch page turner (and yes if you are carrying it around Dubai Mall, it is a head turner as well). Its Carine's way of giving us a peak of her life in fashion before, during and after Vogue Paris. The book contain captioned scanned photos, both personal and fashion from the Vogue spreads she's done as creative director side by side Mario Testino. [Random] questions by her friends and peers like Tom Ford, Vivienne Westwood, Muiccia Prada, Stefano Pilati (to name a few); an in dept interview by Oliver Zahm were answered.
I must confess, my familiarity with Carine Roitfeld didnt equal to Anna Wintour. Not until today. What impressed me so much even before finishing the book was that, this woman is so above fashion. I think its part of being a Parisian and we all should, in my opinion, aspire for that rather than being enslaved by fashion.
SHE IS SO EFFORTLESS.
As a photographer and having been a fashion editor for two years, my favorite part of the book are the captioned photos. It describes what goes on behind a photo shoot. From the conceptualization that takes place the last minute and the panic. It brings back memories.
Her porno-chicness and gender bending editorials are so inspiring, so ground-breaking, so daring!
A whole new level of respect goes to this french woman..