Sigh…I hope this is what 50+ will look like for me. Unfortunately, it ain’t that far off. New York magazine just ran a flattering (not fawning) article on her. She seems like a decent person. I’d want her to be my friend!
Carine Roitfeld is one of the most stylish people on the planet (at least in pictures, as effects are always different in person). I can’t quite figure out her outfit, what exactly it is (skirt and top, dress?), what’s stringing from one end to the other and around her neck… But that’s exactly what I love about it. There is intrigue.
She is one in a million. Literally.
What’s great about her is that she always just does what she wants. She’ll wear trends, but only because she likes them, not because they are of-the-moment. She never looks overly-turned out. Always effortlessly chic. And of course, she has the body type, the means, and the inspiration to do almost anything she wants. But she takes that free reign and does exactly what suits her the best, fashion-wise.
Above all, she has style integrity. And of course, she is flat-out fabulous.
i like how she is wearing sheer black hosiery as opposed to an opaque black tight. a bit refreshing. and it breaks up the black. it is apparent that she is very comfortable with herself, and no wonder as she is carine roitfeld. the way her scarf is nonchalantly thrown over her shoulder, the easy drape of dress, non-fussy hair and eyeliner. it all speaks of ease.
I know everyone else will rave too, but she looks like a Superstar here! Is that a hood on the coat or a scarf, either way, I like. The coat is fantastic. She deserves all that adulation from those phtographers!
Thank you for your endless pictures of Carine, I look forward to seeing pictures of her and the Vogue Paris staff especially Emmaunelle Alt, Melanie Huynh, Julia Von Boehm and Geraldine Saggio. Please take lots of pictures of them this week, they are best dressed women in the world.
Ah-Carine once more.IÂ´m somehow starting to like the way she presents herself.WhatÂ´s her secret to stay so chic and slim? There is always a bit unfinished in her pics and I like that. I can fill the missing bit with my own imagination.Thanks.
Carine is my fashion idol. I’m so tired of women saying you can’t wear long hair, short skirts, and blah, blaf, after forty. Carine is living proof if you got style and the looks, you can wear anything. She makes few mistakes. I’d love to have a copy of this photo! an after 40 fan.
Isn’t it funny how we can say how fabulous something is and then turn around and confess that we could never wear the same clothing ourselves? I love her shoes but I’m afraid I just couldn’t tie them on…
I think it is very interesting that there are not as many negative reviews of this as I normally see. I believe if this was someone other than Carine Roitfeld, people would be tearing apart her black-on-black, the unflattering color of her hair, and her makeup (or lack thereof). I get the idea that people here are less likely to scrutinize someone whose name they recognize than someone nameless. Just an interesting psychological phenomenon. I think she does look very confident and pretty chic, but I think her performance pales significantly to those of other nameless women who have been so highly scrutinized. I believe if you took her face and name away from the photo, her outfit would be much less well-received, regardless of the way she carries herself. It’s her name that makes her revered, not her style.
Gosh, you’re all so blinkered. All I can think is: emperors new clothes; meh; and …dressed as lamb.
Good on her for having a signature (if dull) style – all black, skinny bondage inspired boots, boring blow wave, and carnivorous grimace. But imho the hype surrounding this person is completely disproportionate.
ps…sart, please be democratic and post my minority view!
Sart, I know we should stick to commenting about the style of the persons whom you photograph rather than their personality but “beauty is as beauty does” and Ms. Roitfeld’s uncharitable comments towards others in her recent NY Magazine profile left me much less enamored of her. One of the reasons why I visit this site is the wide range of beauty you present and the fact that your pictures reinforce the idea that style goes beyond age, weight, race or gender. Hopefully her negative comments to NY Magazine regarding the full-figured were misconstrued. Otherwise I simply can not consider such an intolerant person as attractive. Sorry. No need to publish this since you don’t like to offend your subjects but I just wanted to put in my thoughts. Great work and best of luck to you.
Carine! she is phenomenal. Not only is she very sexy and over fifty but she is a monster of an editor and a great person to work for (so I read) she also has an enormous charisma that travels with her everywhere she goes, I never saw a bad photograph of her, even when she was photographed at John Galliano’s funeral and she looks destroyed, her faced almost deformed from crying, she looks fab, I give her my unconditional admiration, she is a Diva.
My opinion hardly counts, but being a woman of the same age,(albeit who has chosen a different lifestyle)I can relate to what has infomed her as an editor, a muse and a mother of grown children living at this time. I’ve seen a few of her ensembles that I did not like, but rarely. She personifies modern chic to a T. She is ageing fabulously precisely because she accepts it and celebrates it! She also understands that less is more. Note always, the lack of jewelry. And if embellishment is worn, it’s for dramatic effect.She wears the clothes, not the other way around! Fabulous, inate sense of style!
Fashion and presence-wise she is outstanding. I’m a big fan. I just wish she would get rid of the hair – the bleached colour with the dark eyebrows is heinous, in my opinion. I’d have the ultimate respect for her style if she were to rock her natural hair colour…
She oozes style and confidence. She knows she is amazing and seems to immensely enjoy the attention. You perfectly captured her persona – I agree that this shot is not about the outfit but about the person.
Some may call it dull, I see it as simple elegance with an edge. That skirt, that hood, the boots – the combined effect. It’s an outfit made for strutting and she knows how to strut! She’s aging fabulously for sure, but I bet it takes more than acceptance & celebration to look this good.
I have to agree with an earlier comment made. I find Sart’s photos of dark subjects with light back grounds hard to discern. How can we make comments about a subject when all the detail is lost in shadow? Or if the exposure is made to satisfy the requirements of the bright background? I am not a pro photographer, but I think there is a better way to achieve readable shadow detail.
I don’t work in fashion and I don’t know Carine from a hole in the wall. So, there’s no awe or baggage from my pov. And frankly she reminds me of the surfer girls in college…who I was crazy about! That she’s the editor of a magazine and lives in Paris and looks like a surfer girl? Man, thats’s a home run. You know, women like this probably never get asked out…but something tells me this one does.
igetit I’m sure there is a little discipline involved as well! I am the same age as Carine – most people assume I’m a decade younger -I walk and swim and lift small weights. Pay good money for hair and skin care but that’s it! More and more women our age are defying gravity by LIVING our lives! smile
Oh Sarto, all that’s stylish in me loves you! I was just drinking up your full Paris portfolio on Style.com, so inspiring! Not just the clothes, but its combination with that unique wash of colors you capture. (The cream 18th century stonework and crisp blue skies of Paris). Ah, it’s the best winter happy pill! And am still loving those billowy top, slim bottom proportions…
To Anon @ 10:19…yes this photo is “all about the presence”…look further and see how he frames the picture. The story here is The Woman, clearly, she’s surrounded by faces and cameras pointed at her. Her nearly matte black silhouette dead center, perfectly framed in the center of black coat-shapes, blurred people, plain sky, and legs…denim-clad legs in the background that offset the marvelous way she’s chosen to be in sheer hose. Black bondage boots, miraculously, do not dominate her outfit (I am stupified as to how she does this.) Instead it’s The Woman who is center stage at all times.
“Crop the photo right below [her] chin and then I’ll applaud you for being ‘The Sartorialist’”
No, you would be applauding him for being The Literalist.
Sadly, I do agree with Anon @ 6:27 regarding her NYMag interview. I suspect that perhaps her comments were the result of something lost in translation….