It’s been a minute since Carine Roitfeld gave one of her signature candor-filled interviews. And since she always has a new project in the works (and a generally more interesting life than most people), she never seems to run out of newsworthy things to talk about. This week, it was her new gig as global fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar. Plus a crazy story about Karl Lagerfeld that we’ve somehow never heard until now.
At a Q&A at FIAF in New York Monday night, Roitfeld let a few details about her new gig slip, like that she would not be working with Glenda Bailey. Rather, her stories will be distributed throughout the international editions of the magazine. She’ll work more with Duncan Edwards, president and chief executive officer of Hearst Magazines International, who apparently spent a year trying to get her to come to Hearst, starting just a few months after she left French Vogue.
WWD got the scoop. “Of course, the magazine belongs to Hearst, not to Glenda,” Edwards told the trade. “It’s a smart and clever thing for all of our editors to buy into because every edition of the magazine gets the benefit of this global story, and which magazine wouldn’t want a story styled by Carine?”
It also sounds like a pretty sweet deal for Carine–she gets a huge readership and she’ll still be free to work on other consulting and freelance projects (and her own magazine).
However, we’re almost more intrigued by a story Roitfeld told about Karl Lagerfeld’s run-in with the law. As quoted in the Daily Beast:
Karl Lagerfeld decided to come to my ball in Paris [for French Vogue’s 90th anniversary] dressed in a burqa so he wouldn’t be recognized … he was arrested outside.
Umm… Karl Lagerfeld was arrested?? And dressed up in a burqa?? Why is this the first we’re hearing of this? Did no one know it was him because of the burqa? Well, the Choupette’s out of the bag: Karl Lagerfeld has a record. And is not very good at costume parties.