Now that the John Galliano rumor mill is winding down, it’s time to focus on the question that’s been plaguing the industry ever since Carine Roitfeld announced she was leaving Vogue Paris: what will the editrix work on now? Most assumed Paris Fashion Week would lend some clues, but Roitfeld was not to be seen — other than a brief appearance at Balenciaga’s fall show. And apparently her absence wasn’t exactly by choice.
Hint Magazine reports that Roitfeld was actually banned from Paris Fashion Week by Conde Nast bigwig Jonathan Newhouse:
We hear that, following Carine Roitfeld’s exit from French Vogue in January and the subsequent announcement of Emmanuelle Alt as her successor, Jonathan Newhouse (Condé Nast International Chairman) sent a letter to designers requesting that they not invite Carine to their shows—because, apparently, it might send a confusing message—and reminding them of the magazine’s new editor-in-chief.
While we love ourselves a good, fashionable conspiracy theory, we think it’s safe to file this one under B.S. Sure, Roitfeld and Alt aren’t speaking, but Roitfeld’s been in the business long enough and fostered relationships strong enough to withstand a letter from Newhouse — case in point: Balenciaga. Moreover, Roitfeld isn’t exactly the shrinking violet type; Newhouse may not have wanted Roitfeld anywhere near the front row, but her decision to avoid it would have been exactly that: hers.
No, we think Roitfeld was just laying low and, most likely, working on whatever her new project is. Fingers crossed for Bazaar Paris.