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Edited by on April 8 2011 at 10:46 AM

In speaking with German magazine Der Spiegel, Carine Roitfeld was knocking gems of wisdom out of the goddamn park. Here are her 15 best quotes from that interview, because 10 just wouldn’t have done her justice.

Carines Top 15 Quotes from a Random German Magazine She for Some Reason Chose to Talk to

Carine with Spiegel journalists and an expression that seems to say, "This is why I need an agent."

1. On fashion:

“Fashion needs glamour, provocation and broken taboos.”

2. On Anna Wintour:

“She is actually very nice.”

3.  On wearing fur:

“In these politically correct times, you can’t even go out on the street in New York or London without getting a pie thrown in your face.”

4. On being labeled the “Queen of Porn Chic”:

“The little girls wearing makeup were never naked; it said ‘No Smoking’ under the pregnant woman; and why shouldn’t old people kiss?”

5. On Yves Saint Laurent:

“Yves Saint Laurent was the first person to openly admit to being a drug addict.”

6. On why women don’t need bags:

I believe in the Yves Saint Laurent woman who either has her hands in the pockets of her pantsuit or is holding her lover’s hand.”

7. On wearing flats to go for a walk:

“I don’t go for a walk very often.”

8.  On money buying you class*:

“You can’t learn how to be elegant.”

9. On Karl Lagerfeld:

“Good old Karl. Superhuman Lagerfeld.”

10. On turning it:

“You should always be one of the best, whatever your age group.”

11. On John Galliano:

“You have to be very unhappy and lonely to praise Hitler in public while completely drunk.”

12. On future plans:

“Perhaps I’ll become a muse for designers again.”

13. On looking normal:

“The glamour’s limited to my feet.”

14. On up-and-coming designers:

“In a way, we’ve already seen everything. What else could they hope to invent?”

15. On the democracy of fashion:

“I was always saddened by the idea that elegance was only something for a minority.”

Link Love: Der Spiegel

*Sidebar: If you bothered to watch that video from The Countess of Real Housewives New York “fame,” you’ll notice that the camera lens was apparently slathered in eight pounds of Vaseline before shooting began. Money can buy you better production values.

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