They say you should never meet your idols, but a few weeks ago, I couldn’t pass up the chance to do just that. My heart skipped a beat when an email with the subject line “In-person meeting w/ Carine Roitfeld” landed in my inbox. Roitfeld was visiting L.A. to chat about an exciting upcoming launch (more on that later), and was available to sit down with me for 30 minutes. I promptly replied to confirm the meeting.
For context, my apartment is stocked with issues of Vogue Paris from when Roitfeld was editor in chief. Growing up, a subscription to the French fashion bible was the only thing I asked for on my birthday, and I used to study every issue when they arrived in my mailbox in Arizona. Images of Lara Stone shot at Mont Saint Michel are still tacked up on a board in my childhood bedroom to this day, and the issue guest-edited by Sofia Coppola helped guide me to the most stylish destinations in Paris when I lived there. Meeting Roitfeld—the woman behind some of the most important images and fashion influences that shaped my perspective on style—was something special.
It seemed fitting to meet Roitfeld at the Sunset Marquis, a hotel in the heart of the Sunset Strip with a storied history hosting rock legends. As I settled into a chair next to Roitfeld, I noticed her smudged black eyeliner, a silver chain necklace draped around her neck, and a metallic gold Chanel bag—each element exuding the spirit of rock ’n’ roll permeating every inch of the place around us; a style that has come to define modern French fashion. As we settled into conversation, we talked about new projects she has in the pipeline but also her perspective on French fashion. And from that, I’ve compiled her lessons on the art of mastering French style.