French Vogue’s editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld has resigned after ten years at the magazine, she announced this morning. Roitfeld’s contributions to French Vogue have made it a creative playground for influential photographers and stylists, who’ve produced some of their best work in its pages.
“It is impossible to overstate Carine’s powerful contribution to Vogue and to the fields of fashion and magazine publishing, said Jonathan Newhouse, CEO of Conde Nast International. “Under her direction, Vogue Paris received record levels of circulation and advertising and editorial success.”
But where will the international style icon go? It’s difficult to imagine her taking time off to concentrate on personal projects, code for consulting, as she’s stated. Roitfeld began her career as a model, moving into fashion editorial and quickly becoming Tom Ford’s muse during his stints at Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci. She recently invited Ford to guest-edit the December/January issue of French Vogue, which makes us wonder if, now that Ford has launched his women’s label, Roitfeld will take a full-time role there. Time will tell, but we’re certain that her exacting style and sense of playfulness will be missed. Roitfeld will leave the magazine in January, with an announcement about her replacement to be made in the coming weeks. Whoever it will be has some awfully high heels to fill.