|Born||19 September 1954|
|Occupation||Editor, stylist, Editor-in-Chief of CR Fashion Book (2012 May) and October 2012, Global Fashion Director for Harper’s Bazaar|
|Title||Editor-in-Chief and Global Fashion Director for all magazines Harper’s Bazaar|
|Predecessor||Joan Juliet Buck|
|Children||Julia Restoin Roitfeld
Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld
Either you are a good Virgo or a crazy Virgo! The good Virgo side of me is educating and raising the children – being there for them.
I love if someone invites me to a restaurant, so I don't know if that's a feminist.
Fashion shows used to be more crazy. Now they've become a bit too serious.
We have the sort of beautiful older woman here in Paris. People like Loulou de la Falaise and Betty Catroux, all these beautiful looking women over 60… So there is culture here in France that even if you are older, you can stay beautiful.
I have a lot to say about fashion – not just about fashion, but beauty, art.
I don't think because you have money you have taste… Education and money – this is quite rare. No?
When I was working with Tom Ford, he would just look at me and ask, 'Will you wear it?' I'd say, 'Ah, too long, too short, lower waist, deeper V, unbutton' – that sort of thing. I don't create clothes, but I definitely know how to make them come alive.
I think the 'Harpers Bazaar' woman is not a fashion victim; she understands fashion but is not a victim, you know.
Anna Wintour is the most powerful woman in the global fashion industry, the first lady of fashion. She's a politician; I'm a stylist. They are two very different jobs.
Designers have told me that their collections are so me, but I don't always recognise it because if you ask me what my style is, I'm really not that sure.
In Japan, you can learn how to make a bunch of flowers. This is an art. Tea ceremony, it's an art.
When you have the baby, there is no BlackBerry, no computer; you just have the baby on your stomach, and your heart is beating the same time as the baby's. It's very nice.
If you don't want to get bored with what you're doing, you have to change.
At the start, I had no idea to go into fashion, because I thought people would think I was stupid. I don't worry about those things anymore.
I see girls who are so skinny on the catwalks, and I know so many of them destroy their lives and their family's lives.
I think that Americans, they love comfort more than Europeans. Americans created the T-shirt, the sweat pants, and they create the best sporting shoes.
Monsieur Saint Laurent was pathologically shy, and he made the Saint Laurent woman in his own image. Like her, I am shy. And to protect myself, I adopted something of an androgynous look, just as his women did.
I think it's good to have surprises in fashion because we always see the same things.
My father was very chic. My mum was always encouraging me. Some parents would say, 'Why don't you be a lawyer, a doctor, or something more important?' They never said that.
There are a lot of good men's magazines. In England, you have 'Arena Homme+' and 'Another Man;' and in France we have 'L'Officiel Hommes.' But all are looking similar.
When you're writing, you're on your own, and I like to work as a team.
You can be beautiful with big breasts; you can be beautiful in your 40s. If you don't have perfect ankles, still you can move your legs in a certain way and look very sexy.
When you love fashion, there is no weekend. Everything just blends together.
I love the noise of my wooden clogs on my wooden floor. Dancers wear clogs. They're good for you.
I keep my old friends, and get older with them, but push young. It's good to be surrounded by kids, because they keep you young.
Maybe people have no idea how much work is behind a picture. It can seem very effortless, but there is a lot of work. It's exactly like doing ballet. It's hours and hours, but when you go onstage, it's just the pleasure of dancing.
I am not a celebrity. I work with celebrities, and it is very difficult. When a celebrity wears a dress, it's good for business, so brands fight for the red carpet. Me? I don't like it, because fashion becomes a job about dressing celebrities. And it's a bit boring.
The fashion industry certainly has its obscene sides. The cost of a coat can be obscene. So can the cost of a photo shoot if you're working with a really good photographer.
Coco Chanel was always doing things with ballet, so it is a tradition clashing fashion and ballet.
You know it's very important, the role of a mother… I don't know, but it's feminism to me to love your kids.
In photo shoots, I rely on instinct. Which is not to say I don't bring ideas to a project or consider it beforehand.
It is very wrong to sleep in your make-up, but when you wake up the next morning, I think it looks very good.
I love curvy women. Maybe because I'm not. I would love to be a Marilyn Monroe, but I'm very far away from that… So I love very curvy girls.
Sometimes, when you go to airport and look at the people, you see the worst looks – but the worst looks can give you more ideas than the best looks.
If people ask me to describe my look, I always say: 'Quite classic with an edge.'
It's very difficult for designers today. How can someone produce so many shows? Now the minimum is four a year.
When you get older, you have to stay a bit rock n' roll so that young people will still be interested in you. The way you move, the way you talk, maybe the way you have your hair in your face a little bit – this keeps you interesting.
When you're editor-in-chief of a big magazine, you cannot be a cover girl for MAC; you cannot be the face of Givenchy – of course you can't; it's doesn't go with the job.
When everything is good, maybe I think it's the time to do something else.
People think I only wear new clothes, that I'm very trendy, but I like classic things on me, to mix with a trendy pair of shoes.
I am very excited to be able to work more with young designers and support them.
There are so many magazines and so many editors out there that you have to be different.
I am very surprised by someone like Alexander Wang. I am amazed how he is good with fashion, with business, with public relations himself, with an attitude in his clothes that is spoken immediately.
Here in France, I've seen some very good young designers, but they don't have this ability to be good businessmen, too. I think America gives you this.
If I could choose something besides fashion, I would love to be a ballerina.
Fashion has a political role insofar as following it can give you the impression to belonging to a certain social group or a private club.
I saw 'The Devil Wears Prada.' I don't think it's a reality.
If I'm doing something in fashion, I will try to respect the 'laws' of the business, but I will try to keep my integrity and my respect for the designers and for my readers.
Paris is mostly retired people – I love it, and it's a beautiful city, but it's quite slow.
If Caravaggio was a photographer today, I would love to work with him. I love his dark vision – I have a dark vision.
If Kate Moss hadn't been booked when she was 14, Kate Moss might not exist.
I have good legs, so I prefer my skirt lengths and my high heels. It's like my uniform.
I've always used black girls on the runway, because I think they're beautiful. I don't need people to tell me, 'You need to use black girls.' I did for 20 years; it's not a new thing for me.
I am from the age of magazines, so the Internet is terrifying to me. But I am learning.
When I was young, no one got married. Now, all the young people, they want to get married, they want security. Now that my children's friends are getting married, I go to more weddings than I ever did when I was young.
The reason I call my book 'Irreverent' is because there were a lot of pictures that were very irreverent. Maybe I could call my book 'Forgiving' because maybe I made a lot of errors, too.
You can't put yourself into competition with a magazine like 'Vogue.' You have to create something new, something different.
I'm not a business girl. I will never be a business girl, but I will say, for Anna Wintour, that I respect successful people; I like things that are success.
I started wearing high heels when I first worked with Mario Testino. He is tall; I had to be at his height. And I have never stopped since then.
When Tom Ford asked me to consult for Gucci, I had never consulted in my life. I didn't know what consulting was, and look, we made something amazing.
I was the muse of Tom Ford and Gucci for years, but that was a long time ago.
I mix talents and friendship, which is not very professional, but it's my way of thinking. So I love Azzedine Alaia, because I've known him for 30 years, and he's making my dresses most of the time.
I don't have a big appetite. I don't eat a lot, to be honest – never. I'm a bit like a little bird, picking all day long, but I'm not getting pasta or getting all those things, you know?
Just because someone is holding a gun doesn't make an image controversial. It all depends on where you put the gun, who is holding it.
When I left French 'Vogue,' New York welcomed me with a big, big hug.
Like most Russians, I am very superstitious, and if I don't get married, I don't get divorced.
I think that each woman, whatever age, needs to recognize something good in her body. Someone has beautiful legs, someone has beautiful hair, someone else has beautiful decolletage or a beautiful waist or beautiful hands. Everyone has something great.
When you have a magazine like 'Vogue,' you know a lot of kids are going to follow your pictures.
Each morning I do my ballet class for one hour; after that, it means one hour less to get ready.
I would never share my daughter's wardrobe. Every five years you have to go through your wardrobe and say, 'This is possible, this is not possible.' But you have to be happy with yourself.
It is good to be in front of the lens to appreciate more being behind the lens.
I think when I became a grandmother my life changed a lot, and I think I changed personally.
I want to be the Joan of Arc of fashion. I want to be the link between the runway and the real woman.
'Vogue' is a very beautiful magazine, an institution, and I learned so much working there.
I always try to be nice to the paparazzi because finally, maybe one day, they won't ask for me, and I will regret it.
Look at someone like Steve Jobs. His look wasn't very special – black turtleneck and jeans – but he had style. He looked the same, and you knew it was him when you saw him. Plus, he was a very smart person, which is also very attractive. His style was simple, not distracting, and very strong.
When in doubt, wear a suit. Look at male politicians: you see them in a suit, and they look fine. But if you see a picture of them on the weekend or on vacation, there's a good chance they look terrible and unstylish.
I am just doing photo shoots. It's not something that extraordinary. I'm not a great artist, I'm not writing books, I'm not a painter, and people in the streets ask me for a picture or a note, and I say, 'Why?'
'Vogue' is a very specific world. You are 'Vogue,' or not 'Vogue.'
Becoming a grandmother brought me back to the things I forgot to love. Nature. Playing. Seeing animals. A new way of looking. A rejuvenation. A cycle of life – things come back to you. The details.
When you go to a show, Americans in New York are very proper, much more so than the French. Everything is perfect. Their hair, the nails, everything. The look. Everything is perfection.
I think it's difficult to do fashion for men, because either you become very over-homosexual fashion or very boring fashion. You don't want a boy who looks 15 in a little pair of shorts with some strange art… But to see just a jacket and tie is boring.
When you're getting old, obviously you try to put on the best cream, you have massages, you try to stay beautiful, but I think wrinkles can sometimes be more beautiful than having none.
Sometimes you think you aren't a good mama; you always feel a bit guilty when you're a mom. You want to be everywhere.
To see yourself on the big screen, you're big, you hate your voice, your vocabulary. You say the same words, you speak bad.
Amidst globalisation, trends are becoming worldwide, so it's important to take a unique approach to what fashion has to offer. Be yourself in the middle of it all; fashion shouldn't be 'try hard.'
I think it's less common in France that a man at the age of 50 buys a Porsche and gets a young girlfriend.
I don't think the woman in French 'Vogue' was an object. She was always a real woman.
In my 10 years, I never put a girl that was too skinny in French 'Vogue.'
I discovered the slip dress, which I think is one of the more French things because when you take off your clothes, even when to go into a shop to buy something, or you're going to Riccardo Tisci to try on a suit, it's like having protection.
I made a big family when I was working at 'Vogue' for ten years, and I'm still friends with a lot of them.
I am afraid of blood, but for some reason often I put blood in my photos… I don't know why.
The Russians are extreme people: they are generous but crazy at the same time. They always have something to say, and I really like that.
I'm still like a butterfly going from one job to another job. But it's quite lovely – I hope to keep this freedom, to have fun.
When you give a lot of confidence in people and you don't get it back, you are a bit disappointed, but it's life.
Fashion is very tough, and we shouldn't forget that before designers were money-makers, they were artists.
It's true I always like to mix femininity and something a bit masculine. It's the reason I love skirts with high heels and tights, and no handbag because I love having my hands in my pockets.
My private life is a lot more ladylike and less sultry than the fashion photos I imagine.
The first Chanel jacket that I saw – that I knew was Chanel – was on TV. It was on Mrs. Kennedy – the pink one.
Blogs are quite a new development – now, everyone wants to know you, everyone wants to know everything about you. And you can build a following that way. In a way, it's a good thing if you want to create a buzz around yourself.
Sometimes pressure can be good, and it gives you a lot of energy to do something.
As you get older, you see life is very short, so you have to appreciate more and more and to enjoy it.
Yes, I can speak a bit and I can read and write in Russian. I learned it from my grandmother who raised me with all the Russian fairytales.
Working with Barneys, and choosing the looks, I was thinking about whether a real woman would buy this outfit and feel beautiful and comfortable.
'Grandmother' doesn't mean that you have gray hair and you retire and stay home cooking cakes for your grandchildren.
I actually love the 'rappers look,' with the saggy pants and oversized clothes. It's very deliberate.
People might think I'm very hard, what with my black make-up, my hair over my eyes, etc. My innocence didn't always help me, but it did preserve something in me that maybe others don't have anymore. I'm inside my bubble, you could say, and thankfully so, because I don't think daily life is always great. It protects me.
I was never conscious that I was becoming an icon or I'm not an icon, because my family, my kids, my husband keep me down-to-earth.
In a way, I envy the freedom artists have. Artists can push themselves beyond their limits, in pursuit of their ideas and their vision, even if they are inhabited by demons that can also play tricks on them.
Pregnancy is something that I always love. It's about hope and the future and a new baby.
We are very luck to be women, so even if we're wearing trousers, I always wear them with some lace underwear or a very feminine bra – I like that.
If you are a reader of 'Harper's Bazaar,' to me, you are a woman who loves fashion, but not just fashion; you love fashion, you love travel, you love art, you love music.
I think that ballet is very good for the body. It's very similar to yoga, because you have to hold a position.
I am very lucky in that I can eat what I want and don't have to follow any special diet.
My mom read French 'Elle' when I was a little girl, and so, when I was 15 or 16, I said, 'I want to work in fashion.'
Karl Lagerfeld looks very tough because of the glasses, and he has all these rings and the leather gloves, and he's so smart. But he's a very nice person… when he comes into a room or studio, he is going to say hello to each person, and the same when he leaves.
I never like to wear too much makeup, and sometimes the best makeup is when it's not too perfect. I like to sometimes apply my makeup with my fingers.
I miss my parents. But still, my granddaughter, my daughter, my grandma, you know, so it's very important for me. You lost your parents, but a new baby comes. It's like the cycle of fashion.
I definitely want to work on a project with young designers, not just French but international.
I think it is good when something can stay interesting for a long time. It's not just a trend for one month.
You lose attitude when you feel too comfortable, so I prefer to wear clothes that have a certain edge to them.
If I like a make-up artist's look, even if nobody knows about her, I use her. New people give me energy.
You can be covered and be very sexy. It's not what you show; it's what you have in mind, the way you cross your legs, the way you talk to people.
I don't like intellectuals, or, at least, people who call themselves that way, because I am under the impression that there is always something condescending in their demeanour, and I don't like condescending people.
I'm not a Facebook girl. Even though there is a fake Facebook with my name, it's not me. I'm not on Twitter; it's not me.
London Fashion Week isn't the most organised, but I don't mind that. It's such an exciting place – it's small and cool.
The most important thing is posture: when you get old, it's the way you walk, the way you stand, that shows it.
The true test of a man's style is the haircut. There are some men who look good no matter how their hair is styled, whether it's trendy or not. A man can change his haircut many times, but to pull off any haircut, you have to be very chic. Like Brad Pitt.
I started as a writer for magazines, and soon they asked me to illustrate my stories. I started from the bottom of the bottom. And I climbed the stairs, one by one.
I hate mules. I hate the noise when someone walks with mules. Clomp, clomp, clomp. I think it's very not chic. I don't even like a flip-flop. I don't like this noise.
We are very lucky to work in fashion and not work in a hospital or something where the biggest deal we come across is perhaps the length of a skirt.
Only buy clothes that you plan to keep forever. It's important to see trends for what they are: a game.
To me, makeup is fashion and vice versa. What I dress and what I wear always needs to work with my makeup, which is usually the same anyway.
Fashion isn't something you can buy; you need to have the sense of it, and most people don't.
One time, a burglar came to my apartment, so we called the police. My son was here, so I think they left before they tried to steal something. So the police come to my apartment, and they say, 'Oh my God, did they steal everything?' I was like, 'No, it was like that!'
When I was a little girl, my mother tried to make me dance, but I did not like it then.
The hair and makeup is very important in a fashion picture. When I create a look for a girl, it starts with the makeup. Sometimes it takes an entire day to find the look.
People ask me 'Why you want to do another magazine – 10 years at 'Vogue,' a great magazine? Why do you want to make a new one? It's so difficult and there's already so many.' I wanted to do something new, bring a new vision.
I'm so tired of this vision of fashion of a diva with a big ego, and you think of big dark glasses to be pretentious and keep far away from the people.