It’s been just a year and a half since Carine Roitfeld left her position as the editor-in-chief of French Vogue, but with her freelance life as busy as it is, it seems like a lot longer.
First there was a rumored collaboration with Tom Ford. Then a campaign for Chanel, a gig designing the windows for Barneys (shot by Mario Sorrenti), her Elizabeth Taylor-themed issue of V (shot by Mario Testino), her stint modeling couture for W, and a raucous Fashion Week party at Westway, a former strip club on the west side of Manhattan, where she performed a rendition of “You’re So Vain.”
All of this is a preamble to her next editorship — this time, of a magazine that bears her name on the top of the cover, not just the top of the masthead. CR Fashion Book is set to launch in September, but the Cut revealed today that a preview insert will appear in the July issue of V magazine. It’s being called “Issue 0.”
We already have a decent idea of what Roitfeld’s Fashion Book will feature, as she's been spilling careful teases of the magazine’s content over the last year. The big scoop came when WWD obtained what were called "mock-ups" of the magazine, along with an interview with the editor. But those pages were marked with the “Issue 0” stamp — could this be the same content that will be stuffed into next month's V? (Fashion Media Group LLC, the New York-based company that owns Visionaire, V, and V Man, is the publisher behind CR.)
The Cut also has a behind-the-scenes video of the “Issue 0” shoot. It’s a '60s-tinged black-and-white preview that features dueling mirrors, split-screens, platinum blond wigs, and a soundtrack that plays over Roitfeld’s conversation.
And it’s certainly not the last footage we’ll see from a Carine Roitfeld photo shoot. Fabien Constant is filming a documentary about the fashion icon called “Mademoiselle C.” It will chronicle her move to styling high-profile campaigns after leaving Vogue, and will continue during her return to magazines.
That documentary will also show the world Roitfeld’s first real transition to a full-time job in New York City — the offices for CR are located in the Standard East Village, an apparently more “mellow” outpost of the boom-booming hotel line. It’s located in Astor Place, so if we could recommend a nice place for a drink after you close, Mlle. C., try McSorley’s.