Paris, France (AHN) – In a surprising move that has rocked the fashion world, Carine Roitfeld one of the most influential editors in the fashion world announced she would be leaving French Vogue.
Roitfeld, who often styled photo shoots in her magazine and was believed to be the front runner for Anna Wintour’s job when she left Vogue magazine, will leave the coveted spot in January.
“It’s 10 years that I’m editor of the magazine,” Roitfeld told the New York Times. “I think it’s time to do something different.”
Roitfeld reportedly told Jonathan Newhouse, the chief executive of publisher Conde Nast International, she wished to pursue other projects.
The 56-year-old former model went into fashion journalism and wrote for Elle before Newhouse asked her to head up French Vogue.
A posting on British Vogue‘s website had a statement from Newhouse saying, “It’s 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.”
On her own magazine’s website Newhouse said, “Carine has marked the history of Vogue Paris with her incredible talent as a stylist and editor,” and added, “She will be missed.”