Everything You Wanted to Know About Carine Roitfeld's New Magazine, Plus a Look at Kate Upton on the Cover

The launch of Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book, is mere days away (it hits newsstands on September 13), and in addition to all the teasers and previews we've gotten, today brings two new meaty Carine interviews, complete with new peeks at the cover and editorials. We're starting to wonder...have we seen the whole mag at this point? No matter. We like what we see. From models getting peed on to Carine's supposed beef with Conde Nast (and being banned from using their photogs) here's everything we know about CR without having ever actually laid eyes on it.
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The launch of Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book, is mere days away (it hits newsstands on September 13), and in addition to all the teasers and previews we've gotten, today brings two new meaty Carine interviews, complete with new peeks at the cover and editorials. We're starting to wonder...have we seen the whole mag at this point? No matter. We like what we see. From models getting peed on to Carine's supposed beef with Conde Nast (and being banned from using their photogs) here's everything we know about CR without having ever actually laid eyes on it.
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The launch of Carine Roitfeld's new magazine, CR Fashion Book, is mere days away (it hits newsstands on September 13), and in addition to all the teasers and previews we've gotten, today brings two new meaty Carine interviews, complete with new peeks at the cover and editorials. We're starting to wonder...have we seen the whole mag at this point? No matter. We like what we see. From models getting peed on to Carine's supposed beef with Conde Nast (and being banned from using their photogs) here's everything we know about CR without having ever actually laid eyes on it.

Kate Upton is indeed on the cover (but we told you that back in July): She's holding baby chicks on the cover, which was shot by Bruce Weber. She poses with a baby donkey inside.

But wait...there's another cover: The cover will flip open to reveal a second image, also shot by Weber. This one is a picture of a smiling girl holding a baby. Of the laughing girl model, Roitfeld told the NYT, "She is laughing because that baby peed on the little girl at just the moment Bruce took this picture.” Weber also shot baby pigs, donkeys, and puppies. “You can imagine this day with all the baby animals, and baby humans, all of them screaming,” Carine told the NYT. “What do you think is the worst? The lambs. Maybe you remember this movie?”

The second cover, featuring a child holding a child who just peed.

The second cover, featuring a child holding a child who just peed.

It's wholesome, by Carine standards: Wilson wrote:

Compared to the controversial, nearly pornographic layouts from her years at French Vogue, the first issue looks as innocent as a copy of Highlights. There are only five or six exposed breasts in the whole book. Cigarettes are verboten.

A word on the fashion: Everyone from Alaïa to Kanye West got some love. There's a big couture spread, including a Chanel dress that was too fragile to move very far from the Paris atelier. Karl told Carine the dress was inspired by Choupette. [Ed. note: Obviously.]

The ads are in alphabetical order by designer name: Carine told WWD, "It's better to be Alexander Wang than Balenciaga." {Ed. Note: Poor Zac Posen.} Every ad is a double-page spread and advertisers are also featured on the website for six-months. It costs $40,000 for an ad package.

The lay-out of the magazine is not traditional: There is no front-of-book. Those short items will go on the website. Ninety percent of the mag is fashion spreads, and 10% is features and stories.

Some of the stories/spreads we'll see: Tom Ford wrote, styled and shot a "fairly tale" called "Lucho and Juliet." Karl Lagerfeld shot Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour and Carolyn Murphy in a Nouvelle Vague-themed shoot. Richard Avedon's grandson Michael, also a photographer, shot a spread. Carine told WWD, "Avedon has a beautiful name but he's new and fresh." Expect to see big name models but also new talent. There's also an essay about Anne Hathaway's fertility. Intriguing.

On certain photographers and stylists being "banned" from working with her: Carine told Wilson:

I hate this word banned. I think no one is banned. I worked for 10 years for the Vogue company, and when you are moving, it is good to change a bit your habits and your family, and unfortunately, some people have contracts. This is something we cannot fight.

The pricing details: It will cost $15, and 50,000 copies will be printed.

Lindsay Wixson in a queens-themed editorial.

Lindsay Wixson in a queens-themed editorial.

On her new independent life:

When I was at Vogue, I had a lot of freedom. But I was still in a beautiful golden cage. I could not do a campaign with Karl Lagerfeld or launch a line with MAC,” said Roitfeld. “I want to do all these propositions. I think its fun. This magazine is a project to do between all the other crazy projects I have. I want to enjoy, you know?

Head over to the Times to see more.

Photos: CR Fashion Book via NYT