CR Fashion Book Is Having a Major Nineties Moment

by Kristen Heinzinger

Carine Roitfeld’s glossy, CR Fashion Book, is partying like it’s 1999. The 11th edition of the book is an ode to Nineties nostalgia, specifically 1999, with four covers featuring Lily-Rose Depp and Lara Stone in shots by Steven Klein and Alek Wek and Cara Taylor in photos by Mario Sorrenti. The year was a defining moment for Roitfeld and also for the cover stars—i.e. the year Depp was born and when Stone entered the Elite Model Look competition. CR Men’s Book also pays tribute with never-before-seen photos of Prince shot by Klein.  

“To me 1999 was the last moment when fashion felt naïve and innocent and free,” Roitfeld said in a statement. “1999 is about a spirit of independence, and there are very few independent thinkers left today. I think right now a lot of people are looking back to this period of time. Not only to find references or get ideas, but to see who they were—how good they were—and hopefully see who they can be again.” 

Also inside the issue: an interview with Depp by Natalie Portman; Bruce Weber photographs from the Chateau Marmont; photos of icons like Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman in “Eyes Wide Shut,” Britney Spears in “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” and a twist on Sex and The City, titled “Different Sex, Same City” featuring mod Chayse Mcmullan as a modern-day Carrie Bradshaw. Klein, Sebastian Faena, Weber, Terry Richardson, Sorrenti, and Petra Collins shoot looks from iconic ’90s designers, including Lee McQueen, Helmut Lang, and Martin Margiela.

Take a peek at highlights from Depp’s interview, below, and pick up an issue when it comes out September 7.

On working with Carine and shooting for CR
“I love working with Carine. She actually styled the first shoot that I did for Chanel when I was 15. This time I got to show a little more skin and be a little more sexy. I had just turned 18, so I was ready to up the ante.

On being photographed by Steven Klein…
“Steven Klein had shot these amazing photographs of my mom when she was my age. We shot in front of a mirror with the pictures taped to it. I have a similar grungy look.” 

On the big cultural differences between France and the United States…
“There’s something more personable in Europe than there is here. In the States, there’s more of a façade that I see people putting on. For me, the French culture is richer. It’s also easy to prefer Europe give the present state of things. I would have been nicer to America a year ago. The way politics is going, it’s hard for me to sit down and point out all the things that I love about America.

On having famous parents…
“A lot of people think I’m only acting because of my dad, that I have not had to work as hard to be seen or recognized in the industry, so I think because of that it makes me want to work twice as hard to prove to everyone that I’m not just doing this because it’s easy to do. I’m not just doing it because it runs in the family. 

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