Interview with Carine Roitfeld when she mentioned him
What are you proudest of achieving at the magazine?
To enjoy going to the office for ten years. Because Iíve worked for all those other magazines, and I know it is not like this everywhere. I think the reason the magazine was good was that we enjoyed doing the magazine, and I think the readers felt thisÖI also just realized at the end that you get big, big power when you get that job, and you can make someone a celebrity. Look what happened to Lara Stone. She wanted to stop being a model. She had no success at all. And my friend Riccardo Tisci said to me, ďOh, you have to look at that girl, sheís amazing.Ē And I believed him and I booked her, and after that I booked her for each issue. She was the cover of my special anniversary issue, the cover of the February issue. I gave her eight or nine covers, and now sheís one of the biggest stars. Itís very exciting to make someone a star, and it was something you could do with French VogueÖItís like my friend Peter Philips. I started with him when no one knew him. He was an assistant, and now heís the head of Chanel [makeup]. It makes me happy to see all my friends [succeed] too, because I like to share the cake with other people.
Where do you find new talent?
You have to be surrounded with people with [good] eyes. For example, my friend Riccardo Tisci. Heís really someone of his time. Iíve [tried] to nourish him, but heís also nourishing me a lot with his instincts about models, photographers, singers. Itís very important for me to have some of these friendsÖHeís very exciting, heís very aware, and each time he gives me good advice. Lara, SaskiaóRiccardo introduced me to them, and he showed me some new photographers and Iíd love to use them.
Why do you think it took people a long time to appreciate his talent as a designer?
I met Riccardo when he was unknown and doing his own show in Milan. A sort of very underground show. And to go from a very big-name show to an underground show was very exciting for me, so I met Riccardo this way, and after, I tried to make him come to Givenchy when they were looking for someone. I know they were not so happy at the beginning, but now they understand his vision. Sometimes it takes a bit of time. He was very young. Itís a lot of pressure on your shoulders, but I think since two or three seasons, itís better and better. And his last Couture presentation was amazing. And even the menís show, where people had to wait two hours because there was a problem with the electricity, no one stood up, everyone was staying, because they know something was going to happen at that show. Even if they donít like everything, there is something newÖHeís doing a book for Visionaire and he asked me to be in a picture. And it was fun to do it and heís full of oxygen. And I just introduced him to Karl Lagerfeld and now they really like each other. Itís funny to have dinner with the two of them, because Riccardo is not intimidated by Karl; he is totally comfortable, and Karl has a lot of fun with him. You spend a very good evening listening to them. Maybe Iím a good go-between.