And in “what?! Are you serious?!” news, French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld has announced plans to retire at the end of next month following a decade of diligent service with the go-to fashion publication.
Choosing to focus on “personal projects”, Roitfeld has been the subject of scrutiny in recent months after being banned from Balenciaga earlier this year, so you can’t help but wonder if her lack of relationships with certain designers may have something to do with the news. However, regardless of controversy or “that came out of nowhere”, Jonathan Newhouse, CEO of Conde Nast International, has spoken nothing but highly of the French icon:
“It is impossible to overstate Carine’s powerful contribution to Vogue and to the fields of fashion and magazine publishing,” he said in a recent statement. “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.
“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. Carine will be deeply missed. I am extremely grateful to her for what she has achieved.”
So there you have it. But while her departure may seem straight-forward if not sudden (a replacement has yet to be announced), if watching The Devil Wears Prada repeatedly has taught me anything, it’s that there’s more to the story than we’re being told. And while it’s really not any of our business, until the tell-all interview/book/film comes out, I’m going to assume something played out like the movie’s finale – maybe even with Meryl Streep.