Apr 12, 2011 12:00AM

Carine on Controversy

The former French Vogue editrix won't walk in flats, but she'll dodge pies in heels.

Ex-French Vogue editrix Carine Roitfeld has confirmed what thousands of straight men have thought for years - American Vogue needs more nipples. Speaking to German news website Der Spiegel, the former fashion editor laments the loss of glamour and provocation in fashion and reveals why she is frequently stopped by customs officials at the airport.

Roitfeld resigned from her position as the Vogue Paris editor-in-chief at the end of 2010, a position she had held for 10 years. At the time of her resignation the publication, now in the hands of Emanuelle Alt, had never been more successful - which was a double-edged sword in Carine Roitfeld's eyes. More success meant more readers, more advertisers and more money but, as she regretfully informs the German publication, also meant more compromises.

Compromise isn't something the inventor of "porno chic" views positively. "Fashion has to be given free reign and only a small number of restrictions," she explains of her decisions to use photographs showing Lolita-type girls, pregnant women smoking and senior citizens making out. "I like to provoke. I'm very French." But French glamour is about more than flashing a nipple - it's also about wearing high heels at all times, even when the suspiciousness of this act means frequent delays at customs, and it's about dodging pies for the sake of only wearing real fur. " Why can't we wear the animals we also eat, such as sheep and rabbits?"

Proving her love of everything controversial, the 56-year-old goes on to dispel any suggestions that she's eyeing up Anna Wintour's position at the head of the American edition of Vogue by describing Wintour as "a politician" rather than a stylist, as well as being "very nice". We don't know which designation would rile Anna more.

Words: Hannah Ongley