Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld
Born (1954-09-19) 19 September 1954
Residence Paris
Occupation Editor, stylist, Editor-in-Chief of CR Fashion Book (2012 May) and October 2012, Global Fashion Director for Harper's Bazaar
Employer Hearst Corporation
Title Editor-in-Chief and Global Fashion Director for all magazines Harper's Bazaar
Predecessor Joan Juliet Buck
Successor Emmanuelle Alt
Children Julia Restoin Roitfeld
Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld (French pronunciation: [ka.ʁin ʁwat.fɛld]; born 19 September 1954) is the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, a position she held from 2001 to 31 January 2011.[1] A former fashion model and writer, she announced her resignation on 17 December 2010 and was succeeded by Emmanuelle Alt.[2] In 2012, she became founder and editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book.[2]

Family background

Her father, Jacques Roitfeld (1889–1999), a Russian émigré, was a film producer before he moved to Paris and met her mother.[3] Carine Roitfeld describes her mother as a "very classic Frenchwoman";[1] her father as her "idol", adding that "he was always away, filming, at Cannes"; and her upbringing in the upscale 16th arrondissement of Paris as "very bourgeois. I'm not saying we were in diamonds, but very, very comfortable".[1]

Early life

Roitfeld was born in Paris, France. Roitfeld and partner Christian Restoin have been together since the late 1970s, although they are not married.[3] Restoin was the creator of the Equipment clothing line, which he closed in 2001 after Roitfeld accepted the Vogue editorship.[1] The couple have two children, Julia Restoin Roitfeld who was born on 12 November 1980 and Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld born in December 1984. Both were born in Paris.

Julia graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City in May 2006 and became the face of Tom Ford's fragrance Black Orchid in November 2006.[4][5]

Vladimir graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 2007.


At 18, Roitfeld began modeling, having been scouted on a street in Paris by a British photographer's assistant.[6] "I wasn't a star", she says. "I was just booked for junior magazines".[6] She became a writer and then a stylist for French Elle.[1] While she was working as a freelance stylist, her daughter, Julia, was in a children's fashion shoot for Italian Vogue Bambini in 1990, photographed by Mario Testino.[1][6]

In a 2005 interview with 032c magazine, Roitfeld commented, "I was not the best stylist when I worked for fifteen years for French Elle, but certainly when I met Mario Testino something happened. The right person for me at the right time".[7] Roitfeld and Testino soon after began working as a team, doing advertising work as well as shoots for American and French Vogue.[1]

Roitfeld went on to work as a consultant for and muse to Tom Ford at Gucci and Yves Saint-Laurent for six years[1] and also contributed to the images of Missoni, Versace, and Calvin Klein.[8]

She was approached by Condé Nast's International Chairman Jonathan Newhouse to edit Vogue Paris in 2001.[1] In April 2006, there were rumors that Roitfeld was being approached by the Hearst Corporation to take over Glenda Bailey's editor-in-chief position at U.S. Harper's Bazaar.[9]

In January 2010, she was named in Tatler magazine's top-10 best-dressed list.[10] She was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by TheGuardian in March 2013.[11]

On 17 December 2010 Roitfeld resigned after ten years at Vogue Paris to concentrate on personal projects. She left the magazine at the end of January 2011. She was succeeded at Vogue Paris on 1 February 2011 by Emmanuelle Alt, who had served as fashion director under Roitfeld.

Roitfeld returned to freelance styling, working on both the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Chanel campaigns, took part in projects such as designing a window display for Barneys New York and compiled the large-format book Irreverent, published by Rizzoli in 2011.

She joined Harper's Bazaar as global fashion director in 2012.[12]

The 2013 documentary Mademoiselle C documents Roitfeld's launch of her magazine CR.[13][14]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Durrant, Sabine (November 13, 2005). "If looks could kill". The Telegraph.
  2. 1 2 "Carine Roitfeld Resigns From French Vogue". New York Times. December 17, 2010.
  3. 1 2 "The Anti-Anna." New York magazine. Spring Fashion report for 2008.
  4. Fashion Week Daily; Shi, Jim. July 25, 2006; "Exclusive! Tom Ford's New Face!" ; retrieved December 9, 2006.
  5. Paper magazine; Boardman, Mickey. April 4, 2006; "Beautiful People 2006: Julia Restoin Roitfeld"; retrieved December 9, 2006.
  6. 1 2 3 Mower, Sarah; "Sexy Classic", American Vogue, August 2001.
  7. "Vogue Paris = Carine Roitfeld," 032c issue #10 (Winter 2005/06).
  8. amFAR, The Foundation for AlDS Research Award for Courage, Biography for Honoree Carine Roitfeld; Retrieved on February 19, 2008.
  9. "Discuss" Archived November 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.. Fashion Week Daily, April 11, 2006; retrieved December 9, 2006.
  10. "Who's that new Tatler girl? Unknowns make mark in style bible's best-dressed Top 10 – including girl who loves Harrods doughnuts". Daily Mail. 30 January 2010.
  11. Cartner-Morley, Jess (March 28, 2013). "The 50 best-dressed over 50s". The Guardian. London.
  12. "Media People: Q&A With Carine Roitfeld". WWD. September 5, 2014.
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