Who will succeed Carine, as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris?
No one knows yet. Not even Carine her self. Though fingers are being pointed at French Vogue’s fashion director, Emmanuelle Alt, Roitfeld’s right-hand woman. She's not in the process of naming a successor.

When did the thought come about, to Carine, to leave, and why is she leaving?
She had been mulling the decision since summer, and was leaving on a high note after French Vogue’s 90th anniversary issue in October.

"In two months, it will be 10 years since I joined Vogue. When we published our 90th anniversary issue in October, it felt almost like a double anniversary for me. I knew I wasn’t really going to stay much longer. I think it’s good to get out while you’re ahead, and I think right now, Vogue is outstanding. I’m very proud of it. I have an exceptional team.

I have always been a freelancer, so when I was hired 10 years ago, I found it very difficult to have an office, an assistant, a schedule, fixed vacations. But at the same time, it was such a huge job that I said yes. It’s been an incredible adventure, but maybe in my heart and soul, I am more of a freelancer. I’m surprised I even stuck it out this long, but what made me stay is having a boss like Jonathan [Newhouse], who is an incredible man who gave me total freedom, and God knows I pushed the boundaries."

Who first leanred of her decision?

Roitfeld phoned close friends including Riccardo Tisci, Hedi Slimane, Azzedine Alaïa, Alber Elbaz and Delphine Arnault on Thursday night to break the news of her impending departure herself. But the announcement on Friday morning came as a shock to her staff, many of whom were reduced to tears.

Some of your most memorable moments?
Putting a transsexual bearded black man [Andre J.] on the cover in a shoot by Bruce Weber. Sophie Marceau smoking a cigarette on the cover. And Painting Lara Stone in black.

We’ve done a lot of nudity. We’ve done everything in Vogue. It was very amusing when we did the anniversary issue, because my personal heroes in photography are people like Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, and when I saw their photographs [in our anniversary portfolio] alongside those we produced with people like David Sims, Inez [van Lamsweerde] and Vinoodh [Matadin], Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino and others, I think we kept that rock ’n’ roll attitude. That was very important to me.

She's most proud of:
Her dream team.

She will be very lucky because I have an exceptional team, so I hope she will be able to keep them, because that is what I am most proud of. They were all in my office this morning, and I have a rock-solid team. They used to call us the Dream Team, and the Dream Team exists. The Dream Team is here.

She's set to depart end of January.

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