Carine Roitfeld’s First Editor’s Letter

Following a video teaser last week, elements of Carine Roitfeld‘s new magazine, CR Fashion Book, continue to emerge. For one, we now know its theme: birth and rebirth. This makes a lot of sense. Not only did her daughter Julia literally give birth to her first child in May (making Carine the most youthful-looking, tousle-haired grandmother ever), but the first issue figuratively gives new life to the former French Vogue editor-in-chief. She explains as much in her first editor’s letter—or rather, foreword, like a book—on the magazine’s website, which went live today…


“When something is consuming your thoughts, you suddenly notice it everywhere. When I learned that my daughter, Julia, was expecting, I immediately began seeing babies and new mothers on planes, at fashion shows, in New York and in Paris. Birth and rebirth all around. I became obsessed. At the same time, I was thinking and dreaming about the first issue of this magazine, which you are reading now. This issue takes rebirth as its theme and is filled with both images and ideas about birth, pregnancy, and family. The promise of youth, the force of age, and the rush of all things new. It’s an escape, a fashion fairy tale. It’s a dream of a better life—because fashion is meant to make us dream…I’ve edited the magazine to be a who’s who of the next generation, as well as an ode to fashion’s legends and icons, created with humor, joy, grace and always a dash of irreverence. — Carine”

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