Carine Roitfeld has opened up about her decision to feature Kim Kardashian on a recent cover of her magazine, CR Fashion Book.
Calling in Karl Lagerfeld to shoot a then pregnant Kim, Carine said she likes to ‘mix legends and new talent’ in a new interview with Time Out.
She explained, “I like getting people to interact- to ask Riccardo [Tisci, Givenchy Creative Director] to be an art director, to ask Karl [Lagerfeld] to photograph Kim who he’s never met before, to ask Kris Benson to model. I like to make paintings with people that all have talent, and might give something you’ve never seen before.”
A legendary name in the fashion world, Carine went on to defend Kim’s place in the industry.
Asked what Kim’s talent is, she said, “First of all she’s beautiful – and in fashion, that is a talent you know. She was also a very sweet person, a hard worker. You don’t see her in parties drinking loads of alcohol.
“She’s controversial, but so was Marilyn Monroe and I always like controversial people. I hope the issue will be a good souvenir for her and her baby.”
The shoot, which was featured in the third issue of Carine’s new magazine, also saw Karl picture Kim with jam smeared over her lips.
“She was brave because with Karl Lagerfeld shooting, ” Carine said. “She had one guy for hair, one guy for make-up – no extensions or lashes – and for her it must have been like being naked, and she accepted everything.
“I don’t think normally she would wear those sort of clothes – I’ve never seen her in a Comme des Garcons jumpsuit or a basketball jacket, but she said yes to everything. She was the easiest model we’ve had. And when we put a mask on her face, she didn’t say anything.”
With front row spots at Paris Fashion Week, seen at Givenchy SS14 with her fashion-loving partner Kanye West, the style pack finally seem to be embracing Kim Kardashian.
The full interview is in tomorrow's issue of Time Out.
By Jessica Bridgeman