Like many fashion editors Carine dabbled in modelling as a young girl but claims she "was not a star", although after working at Elle as a writer and then as a stylist she really did begin to shine.
Carine left Elle to work on freelance styling and was soon working with the likes of Mario Testino, it was through working with Mr Testino that Tom Ford noticed her use of Gucci loafers in a campaign they shot together and snapped her up to become a stylist and later muse for Gucci, her work at Gucci was iconic,some say it was her flair that bought the company back from the brink of bankruptcy, so it was no surprise when she was approached by Conde Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse to edit french vogue in 2001.
In the book 'Stylist', produced by style.com Carine declared, "I am not a good professional of fashion. I am not an expert about how clothes are constructed or the history of fashion. I never start with fashion. I always think of the girl and her personality- because all that matters to me when you look at a page is, 'Do you want to be that girl?"
Her look is her own and she is never hard to spot front row with her sky high heels, tight knee lengths skirts and bangs hanging over her signature dark brows. she has a slightly parisian-cross rock chick look and although seen wearing a lot of black is un-predicable and often steps out in animal print and fur.
Of her leaving she says “It’s 10 years that I’m editor of the magazine,I think it’s time to do something different.”
And she is definitely leaving on a high note, can't wait to see what she does next!
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