I had the opportunity of meeting Her Royal Chicness, resplendent in a Roberto Cavalli number, myself in Matthew Williamson - during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, at a dinner for W magazine (hint? treason?). Reported in "Yes We Cannes!" She spoke to me like a true Sister of Fashion, swapping red carpet compliments and fashion stories - her daughter and I are at the same model agency.
Maybe she was there plotting fashion/cinematic world domination with King Ford...
"It is impossible to overstate Carine's powerful contribution to Vogue and to the fields of fashion and magazine publishing. Under her direction, Vogue Paris received record levels of circulation, advertising and editorial success," said Jonathan Newhouse, ceo of Condé Nast International. "Vogue Paris has established itself as one of the most iconic magazines in the world, with huge influence in the field of fashion and photography."Roitfeld has decided to concentrate on personal projects.
"Carine herself has become widely known as a beacon of style, fulfilling the role with charm and graciousness. She has become a giant in her profession," Newhouse said. "Carine will be deeply missed. I am extremely grateful to her for what she has achieved."
Roitfeld's replacement will be announced within the coming weeks.
Where do you think she will go?! Well, whatever the reasons, mystery surrounds the departure. Let's look at Roitfeld's many iconic covers and why her reign of grace, innovation, prolific and unique vision is irreplaceable.
"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche!" *
* Let them eat cake (Gluten free, Fat free, Not Tested on Models)