Carine Roitfeld: ‘Drink espresso, sleep in your makeup, dont take selfies’

Carine Roitfeld, queen of French fashion, reveals her rules for Parisienne chic to a terrified Sophie Heawood Carine Roitfeld was the editor of French Vogue for 10 years, worked closely with Karl Lagerfeld, is an adviser to Crystal Renn and Jezebel at the time. I have brought the current issue of French Vogue with me and we flick through it together. All the models are the exact same skinniness. I do not like this, she says. I like older women. I like bigger girls. I like black women. I did everything first. But people forget, because people forget everything. I feel totally comfortable with everyone. It is my strength, to be open-minded, always. It does seem to be true she …

Dressed to kill: why were obsessed with the clothes on TV

Whether its Killing Eves stylish assassin or the pals in Friends, its TV, not models, that is inspiring our wardrobes and with good reason It feels safe to say that at this moment, more people around the world are lusting after the style of a serial killer than ever before. Thats globalisation for you, but thats also the grip that our favourite TV characters have on our wardrobes. Anyone who has been watching the second series of Killing Eve cannot fail to have noticed the bold, stylish and often bizarre outfits worn by Jodie Comers Russian assassin character, Villanelle. Many of the items she wears, from her velvet jumpsuits to satin coats to silk dressing gowns, are selling out despite …

The new feminist armpit hair revolution: half-statement, half-ornament

Female body hair is becoming more visible in popular culture and, while the issue has been around for decades, the new enthusiasm for hirsuteness has a 21st-century twist I am usually late to catch on to shifts in the zeitgeist; this one came to my attention just recently. While watching the HBO show High Maintenance, I noticed that Lee, the protagonists hip and beautiful love interest, was sporting hairy armpits. Look! I cried to my husband, as though Id unexpectedly spotted a T-shirt emblazoned with the name of my favorite obscure band. For the past couple of decades, I have seldom shaved my armpits. Now, all of a sudden, I was on-trend. Among both celebrities and the masses, female body …

‘Heroin chic and the tangled legacy of photographer Davide Sorrenti

A new documentary about the late fashion photographer, who died at the age of 20, recalls the rise of the controversial look with which he made his name There is a sequence in See Know Evil, a new documentary-biography of the late photographer Davide Sorrenti, when the then US president, Bill Clinton, takes time out of a prayer breakfast to comment on heroin chic, the provocatively titled mid-90s style of fashion photography that was accused of glamourising super-skinny, strung-out models. The president clearly liked to keep an eye on fashion he had previously complained about Calvin Klein photographs of half-dressed adolescents but this was a more forceful, overtly political interjection. You do not need to glamourise addiction to sell clothes, …