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PARIS — Paris Vogue on Friday announced that its editor-in-chief, Carine Roitfeld, has decided to leave after a 10-year tenure in which the French fashion monthly became "a worldwide reference and indispensable magazine."
The magazine said on its website that Roitfeld's years as the top editor were marked by "constant growth" both in terms of circulation and advertising.
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Xavier Romatet, the head of Conde Nast France, the French arm of the US publishing house, said he "of course" regrets Roitfeld's decision to leave "even if I understand it." He didn't elaborate.Paris Vogue
said in the online statement Friday that Roitfeld's departure would be effective "in several weeks." It didn't indicate what her future plans are.
Under Roitfeld, French Vogue
has lived up to its reputation for pushing the envelope and has
continued to be much edgier than its more commercial US counterpart,
with lots of nudes and sometimes overtly sex-seeped or disturbing
Roitfeld made waves with a recent shoot that featured supermodel Lara Stone in blackface, for example.
Another showed two models in identical bobbed wigs wearing only spike heels and carrying pricey leather handbags.
Roitfeld, a whip-thin woman with a penchant for vertiginous heels and
body-conscious trench coats, has a reputation among industry for being
friendly and approachable — in contrast with American Vogue
Anna Wintour, who is widely regarded as an ice queen. The two women
have long been rumored to be rivals but are often seen chatting amicably
at fashion shows.