Irreverent

04/03/2014

Carine Roitfeld Irreverent book review / Carine Roitfeld photographed by Karl Lagerfeld / via fashionedbylove.co.uk british fashion blog
We all make mistakes. One of mine was not buying Carine Roifeld's Irrevent sooner. In fact, I should have bought it on the day the book was published. I didn't. I put it on my wish list and waited... Last year, just before Christmas, I finally decided that I wanted to make it mine. 

Carine Roitfeld Irreverent biography book
I suppose I was a little sceptical because nobody really talked much about the book, nor shared any particular images from it. I knew what the cover looked like and that was about it. Hearing yet another person saying that it was oh-so-fabulous didn't really spark any curiosity in me. I don't buy fabulous... 

Carine Roitfeld Irreverent biography book

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.

Carine Roitfeld Irreverent biography book


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.

Carine Roitfeld Irreverent biography book


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.

Carine Roitfeld Irreverent biography book


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).

Carine Roitfeld Irreverent biography book

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.

Carine Roitfeld Irreverent biography book


Photo source: Carine Roitfeld photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Interview magazine, other images are by me

27 comments:

  1. This is what I needed to finally decide to buy the book: a good and trustworthy review. Thank you, Natalia! Considered it ordered. :)

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  2. beuatiful! it is always nice to find such inspiring book!

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  3. Well, have to admit I neither know about her book. Is really a shame because from what you say is a worth reading, already your review inspired me. I will buy it for sure. I didnt know she was half russian. Have a nice day Natalia, many kisses!

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  4. interesting post!


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  5. Thank you for this review, I had heard about it but it was never on my wishlisht - until now :) And if you like it, it must certainly be good!!! xx

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  6. Looks like you found a great books. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  7. Wow, I am sold on your review, I have to get my hands on this book and soon.

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  8. Okay, you have me sold! I just got a new book case and it needs some filling up... (although something tells me this will live on my desk for a bit!)

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  9. How have I never heard of this book? It looks absolutely beautiful! I would love to have a book like this in my collection, thanks for the recommendation...off to check it out now! Enjoy your day, my dear! xoxo

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  10. great photos, amazing!!!


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  11. What a stunning book! I have been a fan of Carine for a long time but, like you, put this book on my wishlist because it didn't receive the level of press I expected and thus didn't seem like something I needed to rush to acquire. How wrong I was! Thank-you so showing me that, Natalia :)
    xox,
    Cee

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  12. Какая чудесная книга, снимки у тебя получились просто потрясающие. Так нежно и художественно оформленная, мне сразу же захотелось такую и себе. Обязательно поищу на полках книжных магазинов!
    Наташа, а в Великобритании что говорят по поводу этой ситуации в Украине, так же обвиняют Россию в физическом захвате Крыма и прочее?

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    1. Саш, ее лучше заказать через амазон, тем более, пока ты в Стамбуле - привезут очень быстро. Думаю, в магазине будет найти сложновато, если честно.
      Про ситуацию говорят разное. В официальных источниках больше, конечно, соглашаются с Америкой и Европой, поддерживают Украину и нелестно отзываются о России и правительстве.... Ну а президента постоянно поливают грязью, просто от души и щедро. Что касается обычных людей, с которыми я общаюсь... В политику они не лезут и не обсуждают эти дела особенно, просто переживают за людей, и русских и украинцев. Вот такие вот у нас новости... :(

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    2. Что и следовало ожидать, во все времена западу нужен был только повод, что бы очернить Россию в глазах общественности. Очень грустно и обидно от всего этого, невероятно переживаю. Эта угроза войны не может не пугать, надеюсь не дойдет до этого.
      Кстати, я ведь уже в России! Амазоном никогда не пользовалась, нужно будет попробовать.

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    3. Я вчера очень долго не могла уснуть... Так щемило сердце. Сегодня видела западную статью, но более позитивного содержания - все же есть еще адекватно мыслящие люди, и это радует. Решила сегодня об этом не думать - буду работать и смотреть показы, все же последний день недели моды.
      Саш, а в Турции что говорят? Какое там отношение к происходящему?
      Что касается амазона - заказывай через английский (я на него линк указала в тексте) - они либо пришлют из Англии, либо из Германии, но при этом доставка либо вообще бесплатная (там есть вариант выбора, когда доходишь до странички оплаты), но чуть дольше, либо около 4 фунтов (приходит примерно за неделю!) При этом они отслеживают весь процесс, от момента заказа до момента доставки и с ними легко связаться, если что. В общем, это мой любимый сайт для покупки книг и видео, т.е. я только там все и покупаю. :)
      ххх

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  13. It looks like an interesting book if you're into fashion and photography.

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  14. Awesome!!

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    xoxo

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  15. I love a good book especially one that you just have to read from page to page and can't get enough of.

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  17. It looks like an amazing book Natalia! The inside really captures the reader. I can tell.
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  18. how have i not heard about this book? adding to my list! thanks SO much for sharing it!!

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  19. looking forward to the delectable gem of a book. It sounds as if her life will rad like a Magazine just the right amount of pith and insight. I will get this and appreciate this piece.
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  20. That book looks like a work of art. Thank you for sharing your review. I would love to check it out!

    Have a great day.

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  21. Perfect i love Carine.R

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  22. I'm definitely going to add this book to my to-read list. x

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