The Fall/Winter issue of CR Fashion Book is dedicated to Marie Antoinette for some reason, so why not get Rihanna and Terry Richardson for the cover and justify that decision with some pretentious bullshit?
For our cover, Carine and Terry Richardson reimagined Rihanna as a modern-day Marie Antoinette. And there couldn’t be anyone more fit for this role of the disparaged yet deeply compelling Queen. “In this issue, I wanted to capture that sense of attraction and repulsion: the fantasy of glamour but also the poison and prison of femininity and society…”I wanted to show that she is not just a villain to be despised or a muse to be channeled,” says Carine. “She is neither, actually. She is a prototype for contemporary fame, body, beauty, celebrity, and femininity. Everything done by her and to her has influenced society’s concept of womanhood, for better or worse.”
I don’t know what any of that meant, but Carine Roitfeld seems to have to put way too much thought into this. Probably cocaine.