Carine Roitfeld‘s new fashion glossy CR is set to launch this September, and the fashion industry is pretty excited to see what she’ll dish up. Well, everyone except Condé Nast, that is, if a report in Page Six is to be believed.
According to the gossip column, Condé’s chairman Jonathan Newhouse has sent correspondence to photographers and editors “ordering” them not to work with Carine. Apparently he sent word to Mario Testino, Craig McDean, David Sims and the Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott team to “remind” them that they have exclusive agreements to shoot for Condé mags only. We had already heard that Testino wouldn’t be a part of the mag, but it sounds like Condé may be concerned that its other marquee names may de-camp over to Carine, who obviously has many friend in the industry. Page Six‘s source also told the paper that even those not under contractual obligation have been “discouraged” from working with Carine.
“Everyone is buzzing about the Condé roadblocks against Carine,” one “fashion insider” said. “People love Carine but are more frightened of the Condé Nast machine.” We already know of one Conde decampment for CR, Teen Vogue‘s Shiona Turini, and we hear that Turini didn’t leave under the best of terms.
Neither Condé nor Carine’s reps responded to Page Six, but this doesn’t sound that farfetched. The circumstances surrounding Carine’s exit from Vogue Paris hinted at a disagreement with the powers that be at Condé, and she’s still a sought-after editor, despite the fact that she’s branched out on her own.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Because, what about advertisers? We can’t help but wonder if brands–who would hate (read: can’t afford) to lose the support of Anna Wintour and the Condé machine–may be strong-armed into not working with CR Fashion Book.