BREAKING: Carine Roitfeld Steps Down As Vogue Paris Editor

It’s only been a few hours since the news broke out that Carine Roitfeld would be leaving her position as editor of Vogue Paris to work on “personal projects”, but we can already tell you that this move will have us scratching our heads past Christmas.

We just have so many questions — and WHY? is chief among them.

Roitfeld had led the magazine since 2001, when she was tapped to replace Joan Juliet Buck after an already successful career as a stylist and consultant to Tom Ford, who guest edited her last issue. In the ten years she’s been with Vogue Paris, she’s done some amazing things.

“It is impossible to overstate Carine’s powerful contribution to Vogue and to the fields of fashion and magazine publishing. Under her direction, Vogue Paris received record levels of circulation and advertising and editorial success,” Jonathan Newhouse, CEO of Condé Nast International told vogue.co.uk. “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.”

Which is exactly why we’re having so much trouble rationalizing this departure. No one can do what Carine does. Roitfeld styled many of her magazine’s main fashion shoots herself, in addition to editing all the content and still finding time to end up on every best-dressed list that matters. No offense meant to Emmanuelle Alt, of course, but is there really anyone good enough to replace the best?

We don’t what “personal projects” means, either (Is she writing a book? Will she design a collection?), but what we do know is that her leaving both strengthens and weakens that age-old rumor that she’ll replace Anna Wintour as the editor of American Vogue. Strengthens because, come on, who wouldn’t need a little bit of nap before taking on the behemoth that steers the global fashion industry? Weakens because, well, once you leave Conde Nast’s ivory tower, it’s not the easiest thing to climb the steps back up to the top.

Still, whatever she ends up doing, we’re certain that it’s going to be as amazing as everything she’s done at the magazine. Roitfeld will pack up her office in January, and an announcement about her replacement is expected in the coming weeks.

RELATED:
Carine Roitfeld Reveals Why She Quit To NYT’s Cathy Horyn [Styleite]
FLASHBACK: Carine Roitfeld’s Very First Issue of Vogue Paris [Styleite]

Carine Roitfeld to Depart French Vogue [WWD (Subscription Required)]
Carine Roitfeld to leave French Vogue [The Guardian]
Carine Roitfeld steps down from Vogue Paris [The Daily Telegraph]

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