Take a breather, Roitfeld fans and do a little celebratory dance to welcome in the news this morning that finally, three months and a whole week – but who’s counting? – after Carine announced her shocking departure from the magazine she catapulted into cooldom, Paris Vogue, we have news on her next move and although it’s not a design or editing role it does not disappoint.
Carine has been asked, and accepted, to act as a guest editor, stylist and muse (all three things she can easily pull off before she even takes a sip of her morning café au lait) for Barneys New York for fall. She will be collaborating with photographer Mario Sorrenti and Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman on a multifaceted initiative that includes styling and editing the luxury department store’s advertising campaign (shot by Sorrenti), catalogue and fall mailers and she will even inject her stylistic input on the store’s famous Madison Avenue windows, which will be unveiled in September. So, as we understand it Barneys for fall will be Roitfeldized and we couldn’t be more excited!
‘It’s very exciting,’ Carine told WWD from Paris. ‘It’s a new kind of project for me. It’s good to have a new life, because now I can do projects that I never dreamed of before.’ She added, ‘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.’ The Queen of Parisian Chic was spotted in New York recently and will naturally be spending even more time in the city where her daughter Julia and son Vladimir also reside. How does this feel for a Paris gal? ‘To a French girl, it’s a big, big dream. I am very happy about that. New York is my dream city, and part of my family is in New York.’
Dennis Freedman said the idea came up during a conversation right after Carine revealed she would be leaving the magazine. ‘We had a discussion about how extraordinary she is and the possibility that we might do something together.’ He goes on to reveal more exciting details about the collaboration. The campaign with Sorrenti will not only be styled by Carine but will also reflect ‘the woman that she is and her personal style, which we feel is the perfect reflection of our customer. She is the ideal muse as well as editor. She has a unique and extraordinary personal style. She appeals to all ages. She is independent and strong, and yet she is completely feminine. She is a woman of the world, which we like to think our customer is, as well.’ Really, Mr Freedman, can we dream on that Madame Roitfeld will feature in the campaign in all her straight-hair, smoky-eye, eat-you-heart-out-Iggy-Pop glory?
And what does Carine have to say about the myriad of rumours on her next next move? ‘Each day it’s changing. 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. What I know is that I now have my freedom and I will keep my freedom forever. I am very excited to have this freedom and to have projects like the one at Barneys.’ One more juicy little tidbit to keep us intrigued until we hear more from you, s'il vous plait Carine! ‘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.’ The dream lives on, nos amis!
--- Kiki Georgiou