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2010 December 17

THE FRENCH REACT! Carine's Vogue Exit, Explored

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(PARIS) Throwing the fashion world into a tizzy, Patricia Goldman, the PR agency for Paris Vogue, released a communiqué this morning announcing the imminent departure of editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld, stating her desire to pursue personal projects. According to a rep, the Patricia Goldman agency was only informed this morning of Roitfeld’s intentions.

In the release Jonathan Newhouse, President of Condé Nast International, said “Carine has marked the history of Vogue Paris thanks to her incredible talent as a stylist and Editor-in-Chief. We are going to miss her.”

Also commenting, Xavier Romatet, president of Condé Nast France, declared, “Of course I regret Carine’s decision, even if I understand it. One page is turning and a new one begins…”

Roitfeld was present at a cocktail for Bally on Tuesday evening to mark the Swiss brand’s inauguration of a new store at 60 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, followed by a private dinner at Caviar Kaspia. Among the guests were Dolores Chaplin, Daphne Guinness, and Olivier Zahm, the Purple editor-in-chief currently penning a Carine Roitfeld biography, to be published by Rizzoli in fall 2011.

According to Virginie Trapenard, the PR rep for Bally at Karla Otto Paris, Roitfeld was “really natural, as always. Super nice. No one talked about [her departure] at all.”
 
The Daily contacted several designers, though few were available for comment. Martin Grant, the Australian fashion designer and Paris Fashion Week veteran, stated ,“It’s always a positive and exciting thing to change.” While sometime Paris Vogue blogger, Garance Doré, commented,“It will change the face of fashion not only because she brought Paris Vogue to a level of sexyness & edgyness unseen before, but also because now, everybody is going to move around again..."

Roitfeld’s shock announcement leaves certain questions hanging in the air. Who will replace her at the helm of Paris Vogue? Fashion Director Emmanuelle Alt and Love Magazine collaborator Katie Grand are already two names being whispered. The other question enquiring chicettes want to know: might Roitfeld’s “personal projects” find her back with long-time collaborator Tom Ford? Watch this space!
D'ARCY FLUECK

 




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