After departing Vogue Paris in 2010, Carine Roitfeld is heading back into the magazine business with her very own, self-initialed, biannual publication called CR Fashion Book, launching in September. "The name's not a big surprise, but oh well," said Roitfeld, who described her new project as a "celebration of fashion and creativity." So what should you expect to see in CR Fashion Book? The first issue, priced at $10, will feature work from from a mix of well-known and up-and-coming photographers, writers, models, focusing on lengthier, book-like stories. "I hope people will want to keep it —trendy and timeless at the same time," said Roitfeld. Furthermore, CR Fashion Book will also feature an online component, comprised of teasers and updates for upcoming issues. Take a sneak peek at the mock-up of Carine Roitfeld's new magazine in the slideshow, then tell us what you think in the comments section below.
>> Carine Roitfeld's much-anticipated new magazine finally has a name and a structure, and when it debuts in September it won't be like any fashion glossy on the market.
It's called CR Fashion Book, and Roitfeld told WWD that while the debut issue won't be seen until much later this year — the image at left is from a mock-up created to gauge advertiser interest — it will be unmistakably Carine; her handwritten initials form the book's logo, and the magazine will only print feature-length stories alongside the imagery. Each issue will also follow a general theme. For the obsession-themed mockup, Roitfeld hired Sebastian Faena to shoot models poring over their own reflections in mirrors.
Roitfeld stressed that she didn't start CR Fashion Book to challenge anyone — least of all Vogue Paris, where she worked until late 2010. Instead, she says she wanted to do something entirely new.
"Vogue is a very beautiful magazine, an institution, and I learned so much working there," she explained. "You can't put yourself into competition with a magazine like Vogue; you have to create something new, something different."
Take a look at the mock-ups for Roitfeld's magazine in the slideshow.
>> Carine Roitfeld is set to return to the magazine industry later this year — and while she isn't saying too much about what her new book will look like, she did reveal a few bits of information that confirm it will be very, very different from French Vogue.
Roitfeld told WWD that she was leaving an assortment of Chanel parties in Tokyo to head back to New York to work on the new title. While she didn't say what the name of her publication will be, she did say that the first issue will come out in September and that the magazine will only be published twice a year. Roitfeld also said that it would look more like a book than a regular glossy, and that it won't have a traditional "front of the book" section. The focus of her pages will be "fashion with a lot of freedom."
These clues lend credence to the rumor, reported by Grazia this week, that Roitfeld is working with the publishing house that produces Visionaire (the annual art and fashion album), V Magazine, and V Man. Since leaving her post as editor in chief of French Vogue in 2010, Roitfeld has collaborated on projects for V, and WWD reported last month that she'd been "seen a lot in the company’s offices recently."
>> Chanel's classic black jacket is the focus of a new book by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld — and they enlisted over 100 models, celebrities, and fashion people to help with the project.
Lagerfeld shot everyone from Roitfeld to Sarah Jessica Parker to Alice Dellal for the tome, titled The Little Black Jacket: Chanel's Classic Revisited. The book presents Chanel's tweed bracelet-length jacket as a piece that "belongs to every era," and perhaps that's true — it looks just as chic when Roitfeld uses the jacket to dress up as Coco Chanel as it does when Parker wears it as a headdress.
Take a look at the making of the book below and mark your calendars — it'll be in bookstores and online this Fall.
>> Last night's amfAR gala to kick off Fall 2012 Fashion Week had it all. There were superstars (Julianne Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker), icons (Carine Roitfeld, Roberto Cavalli), and way too many supermodels to count — Heidi Klum, Cindy Crawford, Molly Sims, Erin Heatherton, and Anja Rubik, just to name a few. Cavalli, who was honored at the event, offered insight into his newfound passion: social media. "I discovered I love to write. It's a new emotion," the designer explained. "I love to watch when people write me back, it's such love." See images from the evening — which raised $1.4 million for AIDS research, prevention, and education — here.
>> Carine Roitfeld is adding yet another gig to her ever-growing list : guest editor of the Spring issue of VMan. Hitting newsstands Feb. 14, the issue will feature "real people" wearing designer clothing and photographed by Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Avedon, and Jean-Baptiste Mondino. "I like men trendy, but not fashion victims. It's more effortless," Roitfeld explained of her choice to cast nonmodels. Nick Knight photographed French actor Tahar Rahim for the cover, and a bonus pinup calendar (left) — featuring supermodels and Victoria's Secret Angels photographed by Willy Vanderperre — will supplement the issue.
>> Carine Roitfeld is not only enjoying life as a free agent — she's also enjoying the ability to speak her mind, she says. In a recent New York Times article, the former editor opened up on everything from her current hair color to certain friendships — new and old. Among the newest tidbits? Confirmation that stylist — and former French Vogue colleague — Marie-Amélie Sauvé will be involved in Roitfeld's yet-to-be-named magazine. Read on for a few more highlights:
On the past year: "This could have been a terrible year for me. It could have been very sad for me. I could have gone off to hide at a spa, or to Riyadh, but instead I changed my personality, and it has been a very successful year.”
On the Roitfeld brand: "Funnily, it is true that my name has become almost a brand. Maybe I will follow Tom Ford. I will not be as successful as him, but I want to have as much fun.”
On returning to her roots as a natural brunette, after five years of being blond: "I think I will be more me."
On losing her 10-year friendship with Emanuelle Alt: "Maybe this was not supposed to be a friendship. If I look at the balance, maybe I lost some people I thought were my friends, but I made so many new friends. I am very happy, in the end, because I am the winner . . . at the end of the day."
>> From recent releases to much-loved classics, these coffee table tomes promise to make the perfect addition to any fashion fiend's collection. Featuring drop-dead images from legendary photographers like Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, and Richard Avedon; insider info from industry icons Daphne Guinness, Carine Roitfeld, and Valerie Steele; and sublime collections from Christian Dior, Christian Louboutin, and more — these 15 books are some of the chicest to give this holiday season. After all, there's nothing like being well-dressed and well-read.
>> Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, who just celebrated her 31st birthday over the weekend, announced via Facebook on Friday that she is about three months pregnant, calling herself a "future mommy" and posting pictures of herself and her boyfriend of almost three years, Robert Konjic, 37. She is due in May. Earlier this year, Restoin-Roitfeld hinted at wanting to start a family, saying of Konjic: "I don't think he wants to get married again — he's done it and it didn't work out for him. I'm really close to my family, and I really want one of my own. But the wedding, it's not necessary for me." As for soon-to-be first-time grandmother Carine Roitfeld, she told Stefano Tonchi last week: “I will be called ‘Madame.’” [NY Post]
>> Last night, Stefano Tonchi and Carine Roitfeld unveiled "The Client," a 13-minute documentary focusing on Roitfeld, at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The film was produced after director Loic Prigent followed Roitfeld around the most recent Paris couture week — to the shows, couture fittings with everyone from Azzedine Alaia to Jean Paul Gaultier, and then finally at a W shoot for which she models the couture looks she chose.
Watch the full film — in which Roitfeld jokes that couture models are "fat" compared to her and then calls up Karl Lagerfeld to help her decide which Chanel dress to wear for the shoot — below.