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Kristin Booker • November 8, 2011

Obsession of the Day: Carine Roitfeld’s New Book, “Irreverent”

If you’re as big of a fashion fan as I am, you’re no doubt a huge fan of Carine Roitfeld. Former EIC of Vogue Paris, style icon and a legend when it comes to the creation of the erotic images that sell fashion like almost no other (save possibly kindred spirit Tom Ford, whose career she launched at Gucci,) this woman is one of the high priestesses. While Candy Pratts Price once famously stated that we would consider Anna Wintour the Pope of the Church of Fashion, most of us would agree that Roitfeld would be its top Cardinal.

As Roitfeld dabbles in passion projects that spark her interest (the campaign for Barneys New York has won many fans,) she’s evidently also found time to pen a book that’s filled with her opinions, fantastic story and images from her fantastic, yet-far-from-over 30-year career. From her partnership with Mario Testino to the images that she left behind at her departure from one of the world’s greatest fashion bibles, this book is overflowing with daring, gorgeous images that will inspire even the most timid fashion fan to explore the limits of her bravado and style.

If you’re at all interested in fashion, magazine images, photography, beauty, sex and/or la dolce vita, this book is for you. Buy it now and either savor it for yourself or be the bigger person and give it to someone who is an even bigger fashion fan than you are.

As someone who lives for a gorgeous coffee table book that people will actually want to read, I’m naming this one the absolute must-have of the season. Fashion lovers, get this book. Now.

Irreverent by Carine Roitfeld, available via shopbop

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