Former Russian Vogue editrix Aliona Doletskaya was once rumored to be replacing Anna Wintour at Vogue. After she resigned as EIC of Vogue Russia in July 2010, the fashion world buzzed that she'd replace her comrade Dasha Zhukova at POP. Well, neither of those things turned out to be true, but Doletskaya has resurfaced in the world of glossies. She's the international editor of Interview's first two international editions: Interview Russia and Interview Germany. Doletskaya has big plans for the first international editions of Warhol's famed magazine--which include bringing on supermodel Naomi Campbell (she's also the girlfriend of publisher Vladislav Doronin) as editor at large. We asked her about her vision for the magazine, her thoughts on celebrity, and whether she'll be bringing any Vogue to Interview.
Interview Russia is launching this December under the helm of Aliona Doletskaya, the former EIC of Vogue Russia. The first cover stars Leonardo diCap
Aliona Doletskaya's departure from Vogue Russia raised more than a few questions, but mostly people just wondered, "Where would she go next?" Despite rumors that she would replace Anna Wintour at American Vogue, or Carine Roitfeld at Vogue Paris, the most likely scenario was that she would take over Pop from fellow Russian Dasha Zhukova. Instead, Doletskaya will launch two European editions of Interview magazine--one in Russia at the end of 2011 and one in Germany at the beginning of 2012. She will serve as editor-in-chief of both publications. This is great news for Doletskaya, but it's also good news for Brant Publications, the publisher of Interview.
Of course the question after "What will Carine do next?" is: "Who will replace her?" We have our own ideas. Some are so out there that we can't imagine them actually happening, but it's fun to think about. Who would you like to see replace Carine at Vogue Paris? (Okay, we know the real answer is "no one," but that's not an option.) Click through to see our picks.
Carine Roitfeld, the beloved and massively influential editor of French Vogue, will resign in a few weeks to focus on personal projects. Roitfeld helmed the mag for the past 10 years. Under her tenure, French Vogue became one of the most daring fashion publications, a hallmark for what was cool in the world of fashion. “It’s 10 years that I’m editor of the magazine, I think it’s time to do something different,” Roitfeld told Cathy Horyn at the New York Times. “When everything is good, maybe I think it’s the time to do something else.” While rumors once circulated (around two years ago) that Roitfeld would take over for Anna Wintour at American Vogue, Roitfeld confessed to the Times that she has absolutely "no plan at all" post-Vogue. Roitfeld, 56, who got her start as a model and a stylist, styled many of the magazine's memorable and envelope-pushing editorials, including this last issue, which was guest-edited by Tom Ford. “I had so much freedom to do everything I wanted," Roitfeld told the Times. "I think I did a good job.” That would be an understatement. "It is impossible to overstate Carine's powerful contribution to Vogue and to the fields of fashion and magazine publishing. Under her direction, Vogue Paris received record levels of circulation and advertising and editorial success," Jonathan Newhouse, ceo of Condé Nast International told Vogue UK's website. "Carine herself has become widely known as a beacon of style, fulfilling the role with charm and graciousness. She has become a giant in her profession [and] will be deeply missed. I am extremely grateful to her for what she has achieved." Carine's replacement will be announced within the next few weeks. Her absence will be a gaping hole in the industry, but a few names are already being buzzed about to fill her shoes:
The January 2011 issue of Russian Vogue is out, the first under new EIC Viktoria Davydova, and fans of the mag are already in an uproar about the direction she's taking it. To start, Davydova's chosen an unconventional, not to mention controversial, covergirl in Alina Kabaeva. She's not a model and she's not exactly a celebrity. She is a decorated rhythmic gymnast (she took home the gold at the 2004 Olympics), but she is better known as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's rumored mistress. Two years ago, when Putin was still President and still married to wife Ludmilla (as he still is today), stories circulated in the press that Putin was to marry Kabaeva. To stoke the fire a bit, the headline between Kabaeva's legs translates to "Her Main Victory," a Russian reader tells us. Davydova came from Tatler, where celeb covers are de rigeur (Jennifer Lopez is currently on the cover of Russian Tatler), so that she put a non-model on the cover is not much of a surprise. But after years under the talented direction Aliona Doletskaya, who is rumored to be headed to POP after resigning from Vogue Russia, to say that fans are disappointed with Davydova and her first cover for the mag would be a gross understatement. It doesn't help that Kabaeva is wearing the same gold Balmain dress that has already seen countless covers. Five pages of comments have already amassed over at the online forum The Fashion Spot bemoaning the new Russian Vogue. Some highlights?
Since Russian gallerina Dasha Zhukova resigned as the editor of Pop last week, folks have been wondering about who would replace her. A rumor from the twittersphere claims that former Russian Vogue EIC Aliona Doletskaya is gunning for the spot. And it comes from an insidery source. Fashion man about town Derek Blasberg just tweeted: "In today's completely unsubstantiated rumors: Aliona Doletskaya, former editor-in-chief of Russian Vogue, is vying for the top gig at POP." When Doletskaya resigned there were rumors she would replace Wintour at American Vogue. But since Anna's not going anywhere soon, there could be some truth to the rumor, and Pop might hand the EIC spot over to another Russian. Pop, Katie Grand's baby, took on a less fashion-y more artsy vibe under Zhukova's reign, so Doletskaya would have the fashion cred and contacts to return the mag to its fashion roots. Is it true? Tell us if you know anything at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is kind of big news. Russian Vogue editor-in-chief Aliona Doletskaya--the woman who was rumored to be in line for Anna Wintour's job--is leaving the magazine, according to LOVE's Twitter. Do we think Doletskaya is leaving for American Vogue? Doubtful. However, it does bring up that nagging question: When will Wintour retire? And who will replace her?