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 …

‘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, …