Carine roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld
Born (1954-09-19) September 19, 1954 (age 59)
Residence Paris
Occupation Editor, stylist, Editor-in-Chief of CR Fashion Book (2012 May) and October 2012, Global Fashion Director for Harper's Bazaar
Employer Hearst Corporation
Title Editor-in-Chief and Global Fashion Director for all magazines Harper's Bazaar
Predecessor Joan Juliet Buck
Successor Emmanuelle Alt
Children Julia and Vladimir

Carine Roitfeld (French pronunciation: ​[ka.ʁin ʁwat.fɛld]; born September 19, 1954) is the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, a position she held from 2001 to January 31, 2011.[1] A former fashion model and writer, she announced her resignation on December 17, 2010, and was succeeded by Emmanuelle Alt.[2] In 2012 she became founder and editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book.[3]

Family background

Her father, Jacques Roitfeld (1889-1999, Яков Ройтфельд), a Russian émigré, was a film producer before he moved to Paris and met her mother.[4] Carine Roitfeld describes her mother as a "very classic Frenchwoman";[1] her father as her "idol", adding that "he was always away, filming, at Cannes"; and her upbringing in the upscale 16th arrondissment of Paris as "very bourgeois. I'm not saying we were in diamonds, but very, very comfortable".[1]

Personal life

Roitfeld was born in Paris, France. Roitfeld and partner Christian Restoin have been together for three decades or so, though they are not married.[4] Restoin was the creator of the Equipment clothing line, which he closed in 2001 after Roitfeld accepted the Vogue editorship.[1] The couple have two children, Julia Restoin Roitfeld who was born on November 12, 1980, and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld on December 1984. both in Paris.

Julia graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City in May 2006 and became the face of Tom Ford's fragrance Black Orchid in November 2006.[5][6]

Vladimir graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 2007.


At 18, Roitfeld began modeling, having been scouted on a street in Paris by a British photographer's assistant.[7] "I wasn't a star", she says. "I was just booked for junior magazines".[7] She became a writer and then a stylist for French Elle.[1] While she was working as a freelance stylist, her daughter, Julia, was in a children's fashion shoot for Italian Vogue Bambini in 1990, photographed by Mario Testino.[1][7]

In a 2005 interview with 032c magazine, Roitfeld commented, "I was not the best stylist when I worked for fifteen years for French Elle, but certainly when I met Mario Testino something happened. The right person for me at the right time".[8] Roitfeld and Testino soon after began working as a team, doing advertising work as well as shoots for American and French Vogue.[1]

Roitfeld went on to work as a consultant for and muse to Tom Ford at Gucci and Yves Saint-Laurent for six years[1] and also contributed to the images of Missoni, Versace, and Calvin Klein.[9]

She was approached by Condé Nast's International Chairman Jonathan Newhouse to edit Vogue Paris in 2001.[1] In April 2006, there were rumors that Roitfeld was being approached by the Hearst Corporation to take over Glenda Bailey's editor-in-chief position at U.S. Harper's Bazaar.[10]

In January 2010, she was named in Tatler magazine’s top-10 best-dressed list.[11] She was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013. [12]

On December 17, 2010, Roitfeld resigned after ten years at Vogue Paris to concentrate on personal projects. She left the magazine at the end of January 2011. Speculation that she would be joining Tom Ford at his namesake company were refuted by Ford. She was succeeded at Vogue Paris on February 1, 2011, by Emmanuelle Alt, who had served as fashion director under Roitfeld.

Roitfeld returned to freelance styling, working on both the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Chanel campaigns, took part in projects such as designing a window display for Barneys New York and compiled the large-format book Irreverent, published by Rizzoli in 2011.

At the end of 2011 she confirmed the rumors that she is working on her own magazine with a different approach than the one at Vogue Paris, saying, "I will always be irreverent in my own way, but I will try to use new approaches. I've used a lot of cigarettes, a lot of sexy pictures, a lot of naked girls. I will try to do something totally different now, because I don't want to get bored of myself or to bore my readers. So, if I learn something new today, I will use it. I have to reinvent myself".


External links

  • Paris Vogue's official website
  • Healy, Murray: "'We're French! We smoke, we show flesh, we have a lot of freedom!'" The Observer, February 25, 2007.
  • Larocca, Amy: "The Anti-Anna" New York Magazine, February 8, 2008.
  • CR Fashion Book
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