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Carine Roitfeld Quits Vogue Paris

I have no real information but I will add details as available. I thought I should give us space to begin grieving and speculating so feel free to comment with your theories as to why Carine Roitfeld is leaving Vogue Paris. What could possibly be better?! Who could ever take her place?!

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It seems impossible for anyone to take her place... People are suggesting Emmanuelle Alt or Aliona Doletskaya but I don't see them capable of doing that job... I could, however, see Olivier Lalanne. And a man editor-in-chief would be such a great turn for the fashion-forward magazine!


17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIñaki
Iñaki, I absolutely love your idea! Seeing more of his hotness Olivier Lalanne is about the only thing that could cheer me up at this point. I just asked my beau NOT to renew my Vogue Paris subscription since it will not be the same without Carine. I am in shock.

17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
IN SHOCK! However I am interested to see what she will be doing..Once one leaves do the rest follow her? Emmanuelle?
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMari
As long as Julia's still around. There--spoken like a true fashion neanderthal.

I hope this won't derail my growing addiction to IWTBAR.
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered Commenteroncet
Great questions, Mari! Additionally, has she given up her position at Vogue Hommes International as well? They only mention VP...
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Ha ha, Oncet, at least you are genuine! Julia is a rising star so I expect there will still be lots of news and pictures about her regardless, stay tuned... Personally, I hope her mother begins directing films and casting Julia in the lead!

; )
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Knowing what we do of her, I would not be surprised if she'd decided that she wanted to go out on top and that ten years is a nice round figure of time after which she can step down. I'm happy for her, but sad because I would have LOVED to see her edit Vogue Paris's 100th anniversary issue just as she has done their 90th.

I hope Vogue Paris continues being as fabulous as usual. She definitely pulled it to another level this last decade, I think we can agree that whoever does succeed her will have a tough pair of heels to fill!
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDru
Carine continues to surprise. I read in interviews that she has said she has 'no plans'. I am wondering however if she might have been lured away by Tom Ford; she has always been an acknowledged muse to him and he just introduced his signature line for women--she and Julia even worked the runway at his behest. The rumor is he is moving into the full-on clothing/lifestyle arena, so maybe that's her next stop. I saw where Testino shot Ford's campaign--reuniting them all would be a bit like 'old times', no?

Thoughts anyone???
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSMM
Just arrived home in France and am in a state of shock. I cannot believe this. Carine is Vogue Paris. Wow, this is not good news. I cannot even think of about her possible replacement. Forget I Want To Be A Roitfeld, right now, I Want More Information!!

K, how about you and I take over?! Seriously, we could totally pull it off!

Shocked in Paris.
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMilla
I thought about you as soon as I read this! :) I'm sure Carine will go on and do something fabulous, probably consult with a label or perhaps start her own. Maybe she just wants a normal life for a while. I respect a woman who knows what she wants in life!

It will be interesting to see who takes her place...
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAli B.
One thing I will say though is good for her! It was her decision to leave and I simply cannot imagine Vogue Paris without her, but good on her. You know me, I'm all about changing my life and doing what makes me happy, so I respect her decision but it's just so shocking (in true Carine style).

The next issue I review will be without Carine. Wow. Personally, I hope she does some form of collaboration with Mr Ford. That would blow me away!

Yes, I'll probably keeping commenting as things come to me...
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMilla
One thing you can't say about Carine is that she lacks balls! I'm sure she has something up her sleeve. I bet Anna Wintour breathed a sigh of relief when she heard the news.
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered Commentermike
Oh my God ! I have just read the News and I am in shock! I do not read Paris Vogue, but I like seeing Carine around at fashion shows! She is such an inspiration and icon. I just wish she continues doing something in fashion! It would be perfect when she involves in creating some clothes. Please inform us about everything. : ((((((((((((((
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaya
she knew who she had to know,

so now she's doing her sine nobilitate mafia behind the scenes!

greed was good, but pay attention to the shrak$, Roitfe

ps; the most inelegant family of France- and who understands, understands.

17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulius
Who will be able to solve this 'brand-new' enigma ?


Who will be able to ascertain its truth ?


17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkellina II
Shocking! I just got home from Christmas shopping and saw the news! I would find it hard to believe that she would quit without a game plan. I'm going to bet that she reinvents herself in the fashion world as she is far too young and vibrant to retire.
Nevertheless Kellina, je pleure.
xo :(
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcake



it's a nice goal, of course
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulius
Sigh!!! I read this morning in Business of Fashion and Purple Diary this news. Peccato!!!!
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGala
OMG it's not possible !!! who take her place ? it's difficult to find a person like her !

She's very talented, clever, and so stylish ....

But it's her choice ! I wish her all the happiness for her projects ...
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlara
Dru, I read previously that she planned to end her reign at year ten. When I saw the 90th anniversary issue and the way she blew the wad I was convinced she would not stick around for the 100th. Whomever comes next at Vogue Paris has an impossible act to follow, I cannot wait to see...
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
SMM, perhaps she has not signed a contract with anyone but I am certain that Carine is full of ideas about what is next. Perhaps she and Christian Restoin can resume the Equipment label now... I could certainly see her styling Tom Ford's lines as well.
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Milla, that makes perfect sense to me. Let's set up the meeting with Monsieurs Newhouse and Romatet for Monday... If not us, how about Giovanna Battaglia?

; )

It is shocking, isn't it? I feel so many emotions, it is bizarre. Nice to know I am not the only one, thank you, dear. What shall we wear to the meeting?
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Thanks, Ali B.! You are absolutely right, it is just on to the next fabulous thing. Because of course "normal life" for Carine in Paris is fabulous with or without the magazine. She won't stop being amazing but I am worried that the magazine might!

; )
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Milla, I agree! Can't wait to see what her future holds. Yours too!!

; D

She has a few issues in the can and she has not left yet so you will have a few more Carine reviews mercifully!! Loving your comments, darling, I totally need them right now. I wish she would let us in on the plan, it would calm my nerves considerably!! I've been texting Kate for support. Wish you were here!

; )

17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Carine has cajones, Michael, that is true. But what if Vogue US were next, as suggested constantly?
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
I will certainly be letting you know about anything I read that is factual, Maya. As my wise beau mentioned in consoling me, this is not I Want To Be Vogue Paris (though I DO want to be Vogue Paris editor!!!!) so the site will continue to follow the adventures of the Roitfeld family. Wherever they lead is sure to be the place to be.

; )
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Yo, Julius, you slay me. It sounds as if you know a lot about this.
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Kellina II, I think we know only one person can ascertain this truth for herself. If she were to look to me for sage advice, I would say to her, "Carine, strike while the Roitfeld iron is red hot. Remake Hollywood with as much sex and violence as you have Vogue Paris and thereby fashion around the globe. Extend the Roitfeld brand now by choosing whom to make beautiful on screen."
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Cupcake, I share your sadness. As Anna Dello Russo noted, it is the end of an era. It is only a matter of time until we know what she is up to next so hang in there... We can console each other!! And there's sugar cookies... xo
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Julius, too funny. Seriously.
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
It is a pity, Gala! I hate to see the era end but change is good and I look forward to fabulous things ahead, both for Carine and for Vogue Paris.
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
So, my favorite fashion icon has resigned....I'm so excited to see what Carine Roitfeld has up her sleeve!!! Whatever it is, it will be amazing!

My guess? Her own label. :)

Can't wait to see!!!!
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Kate, as usual, I love the way you are thinking! Remember this dress Carine designed?

17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Lara, I am sure this will be the catalyst for exciting developments. You have the right idea, happiness is key.
17 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Kellina, how could I forget? :)

Yep. She could do it!!
17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Hope we see her with her new projects soon ...

i share and make an article so i'm shocked and sad ...

kiss my fashion icon ...

17 décembre 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlara
first - shock and sadness
then - she's right - one MUST move on, she needs a new canvas, a new surrounding in order to express the next decade which has nothing to do with the last decade, ... now I am filled with anticipation - she is interested in lifestyle, life, living, will it be film, perfume, jewels, make-up ... ?
and as for FV - let them be courageous, surprise with the unexpected, with a new genius, a new vision!
18 décembre 2010 | Unregistered Commenter21centurydressmaker
She´s great!! and, in my opinion, she had chosen the right moment to leave.

I´d prefer Anastasia Barbieri, Marie Amélie Sauvé, Olivier Lalanne or someone new, a big surprise!

18 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFASHIÓN (con acento)
I am dismayed at how literally you are taking Carine's 'resignation'. I believe, for reasons that are unclear, that she was sacked- a 'resignation' letter is how it's done, mes petites. It saves face all around. No one just up and leaves a powerful position at the height of her career, that's the stuff of fantasy. She may have known this for a bit, or perhaps not. But I, for one, don't believe she chose to resign.

Stay tuned, I say.
18 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeiled
That would be truly lovely, Kate, I hope you are right!
18 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Yes, Lara, the sooner the better! Cannot wait to see what is next for Carine.
18 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Nancy, we have processed this information in the same way! I am very excited now to see how events unfold.
18 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Absolutely, Fashión, as Coco Chanel was fond of saying, it is best to leave before the party ends. I like your choices for replacements, I think any of the three would bring an interesting perspective to the magazine.

18 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Veiled, this is an interesting theory but do you have evidence to support it? Carine has stated previously in interviews that she only wanted to do Vogue Paris for ten years. This move is in keeping with her plan so it would be a strange coincidence if she were actually fired at the ten year mark instead. Also, I have not heard reports of management being unhappy with her performance, have you?
18 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
I am very surprised at this news! Is the end of an era .... and I think it will be easier to replace it. Who will take his place will have a legacy quite cumbersome.

18 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCristina
Cristina, it is the end of an era, that is the sad part. I liked this era. But I am sure the new one will be even better once we see it! A cumbersome legacy indeed for the next VP EIC...

18 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Hope you're feeling a little calmer now - wish we hanging out...

I don't agree with Gio as EIC. She's fab but no, not for Vogue Paris. My hope is that they promote within. Madame Alt is great but her personal style need to be stepped up a wee bit. Her style pales in comparison to Carine's.

The more I think about it, the happier I am for Carine. Good on her!

As for the theory that she was sacked for such a petty reason, I don't buy it. If they were beeped off by her collaboration, she may have been reprimanded, but no sensible board is going to fire her. No, don't agree.

Yes, she needs a plan. More for our sake than hers though : ) The end of an era for sure. Gosh, I really admire what she's doing. Go Carine!!


PS - I love that we have a Kellina II!
19 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMilla
I apologize for stating that Carine was sacked, without the requisite facts. She could have resigned to pursue other passions, as stated, or in dispute with the publisher.

I only know from experience that resignation letters are usually a polite cover, a veil if you will, for the Real Reason, usually a dispute with higher management over something or a decision on the part of higher management to change course, restructure, save money, etc. That it would happen to Carine at what appears to be the height of her success seems impossible, but nobody (except Anna Wintour perhaps) is expendable.

My friends in the fashion industry don't think this is a simple resignation - the gossip seems to be around either she was spending too much money (in which case she was sacked) or she asked for more money for herself and was denied (in which case she resigned). But this isn't based on fact so - again, stay tuned.
19 décembre 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVeiled
Milla, you know I am a planner so being without a plan makes me nervous! How I wish we were sitting on your sofa together gossiping about this over a cup of tea! Nothing would comfort me more. Except maybe a cup of your homemade cocoa... Or your gran's Jamaican stew... I can bring cookies, what time should I be there?

; )

While we are on the subject of comfort, each night when my computer shuts down and all the desktop icons go away, I gaze at winter in Paris with Milla for a peaceful moment — LOVE! Merci mille fois for sharing your beautiful photos with us, dear.

I must say that I would like to see a departure altogether from the rock chic for which Carine (and Emmanuelle) are known. That look seems to be saturating the world currently. If it is the end of an era, let's look new... How about Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon? Okay, so maybe I am just projecting my personal preferences with no real business acumen... but it would be cooool!!

Yes, Kellina II is a source of amusement. Whomever it is loves to tease me.

19 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina
Veiled, I actually enjoy the introduction of all possibilities, no apology required for stating your opinion. I'd love to hear more if you do...
19 décembre 2010 | Registered Commenterkellina

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