Oh, happy day! After months of sleepless speculation, we can all rest easy tonight knowing how exactly Carine Roitfeld is going to spend her time now that she’s no longer the editor in chief of Vogue Paris. According to WWD, Roitfeld has partnered with Barneys for the fall season, where she will serve as guest editor and stylist for their campaign and catalogue. She’ll also be filling Simon Doonan‘s very large shoes by putting her “stylist touch” on their famous window displays.
Roitfeld will be working closely with creative director Dennis Freedman and photographer Mario Sorrenti, but it wasn’t their names that got her on board. She told WWD:
“For me, Barneys has always been the biggest name in luxury department stores, so to be able to participate in this project with them, and be visible during the next fashion week in New York, is my dream come true. To a French girl, it’s a big, big dream.”
Roitfeld will also act as a muse for the retailer, hand selecting the looks that will go into the catalogue as well as being the focus of a short film shot by Sorrenti, which Barneys hopes will give their customers a more intimate view of her life. As for all those Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Harper’s Bazaar Paris rumors, Roitfeld waves them off. “Each day it’s changing,” she points out. “One day I am going to Dior with Riccardo Tisci, the next day I am going to Saint Laurent with Hedi Slimane. I don’t think it’s very nice for the designer at Saint Laurent, and it’s just rumors.”
That said, her partnership with Barneys is only scheduled to last a season — which means that come fall, the rumor mill will start all over again. Not that Roitfeld is worried about it.
“I am sure that one day I will, even if it’s not my own magazine, do special stories for magazines and maybe something on the Internet. I have projects and opportunities coming on. The only sure thing I know is that I will keep my freedom. I can be a muse for a designer, I can do work for some magazines, and do advertising, and maybe something like Barneys, but still keep my freedom.”