Carine Roitfeld On Why The Condé Nast Ban Was A Blessing In Disguise

Not long after the news broke that Carine Roitfeld would be launching her own magazine, CR Fashion Book, reports leaked from Condé Nast‘s HQ indicating that the publishing giant (and Roitfeld’s ex-employer) was issuing stern warnings to its contracted photographers and editors reminding them not to get involved with the new tome.

While this meant that the former French Vogue editrix was barred from working with many of her favorites, including longtime collaborator Mario Testino, it also opened up a window of opportunity. In a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph, Roitfeld opened up about losing her Condé “family” and finding new talent to bring into her fold:

“It is your family for 10 years you know, and it is a bit difficult to work without your family. But some people like Mario [Testino] have contracts with Condé Nast and other people are working a lot with Conde Nast, so I think, OK, I’ll keep them as friends and work with them outside my magazine. And for my magazine finally this was my big luck in a way because it pushed me to find other people.”

People like Rick Owens, who, while by no means new to the fashion game, photographed his first ever editorial for CR Fashion Book‘s second issue, and Richard Avedon‘s 22-year-old grandson Michael, who Roitfeld says is “like a wild dog” on set:

“If after 10 years we have the same people — the same make-up artists, the same hairdresser — it feels like a family you know. So now we have to find less well-known photographers, less well know make-up artists. So I make a lot of new discoveries of new talents and I try to push them, and I’m very happy because I think they have a lot of enthusiasm. I can give them all my experience, and they give me their enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is something so positive. When you’re doing a photo shoot and everyone is so happy in the morning – you know, not complaining about anything, just enjoying working — it’s very great.”


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