From Conde to Hearst she goes.
Carine Roitfeld--former Vogue Paris EIC and current editor of her own new mag CR Fashion Book--has been named Global Fashion Director of Harper's Bazaar.
According to the press release we just received, Roitfeld will collaborate with Bazaar's creative director Stephen Gan on several stories a year for all 26 international editions of the mag. The collaboration, which will kick of March 2013, may include "many" covers of Bazaar's international editions.
"This collaboration marks the first time anything like this has been done and we’re very excited about what Carine will bring to Bazaar editions around the world," Hearst's president and CEO Duncan Edwards said. "She is a visionary in the fashion world and we are so happy to be working with her."
Roitfeld was equally enthusiastic about her new gig. "I am thrilled to be contributing to Bazaar, a brand with a rich history of creativity," she said. "Working with Stephen and a roster of talented photographers will be a wonderful collaboration and one that will give these stories a truly global audience."
Could this be Roitfeld's way of getting back at her former employer, and Hearst rival, Conde Nast? After all, there were reports that Roitfeld left Vogue Paris on bad terms, and then the reports that Conde Nast had blocked any of their photogs from working Roitfeld on CR Fashion Book.
However, the recent move likely has more to do with Roitfeld's close relationship with Gan. The two have been friends for a number of years and like Gan, who is editor of V Magazine, Roitfeld will continue to work on her own magazine CR Fashion Book. And of course, V and CR Fashion Book share a publisher.
What do you think of Roitfeld's new move? We personally can't wait to see what her and Gan will cook up for March 2013.