'Paris Vogue' editor to leave after 10-year tenure

Carine Roitfeld to end her reign atop leading fashion magazine with reputation for promoting "constant growth" and pushing the envelope.

December 18, 2010 06:29
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Editor in Chief of Paris Vogue Carine  Roitfeld

311_Carine Roitfeld. (photo credit: Associated Press)

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 spreads.

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's 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.

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