Now I can tell you that Irreverent is not just a book you need in your fashion library, but one of the books you should buy as soon as you begin building your collection. It's that good.
Irreverent is beautiful to look at. Touching and browsing it is a very sensory experience - the pages are printed on non-glossy, very organic paper and the black fabric cover (just like the material used on many proper books, i.e. classic volumes if you like) is pliable, so the book isn't stiff as it first seems.
In fact the cover design made me think of Carine herself - portrayed mostly through her editorial work and many memorable Vogue editorials, she comes across as a tough and very strong person, but once you start reading her story and interviews, it makes you realise how fragile, romantic and caring this woman really is.
She shares her memories and thoughts generously and sincerely and if this isn't enough, gives the reader a sneak peak into her life shown through family photos, editorials from French Elle and Vogue Paris and numerous collages made with notes, letters and invites from fashion designers, photographers and editors.
Throughout the book Roifeld is being interviewed by several people, one question at a time, page after page after page, her words layed out and printed in the same font and style as you'd see in Vogue Paris. Classy and elegant.
The way she talks is inspiring... And also full of wisdom. Although we live very different lives, I felt connected with her, from the similar perception of life to the way she treasures my country and its history (Carine is half-Russian).
I can honestly say, one can learn a lot from this influential and petite Parisienne. If you haven't got a copy of Irreverent on your book shelf, treat yourself, inhale the air of pure style and enjoy every. single. word.
Photo source: Carine Roitfeld photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Interview magazine, other images are by me