Will Carine Roitfeld rain on Anna Wintour’s editorial parade? That seems to be the case, as Hearst Magazines and Hearst Magazines International announced today that the former French Vogue editor has joined Harper’s Bazaar as Global Fashion Director. In her new role, the seasoned editor and style icon will “produce limited series of fashion stories” that will run across the magazine’s 26 international editions.
Roitfeld will collaborate with Harper’s Bazaar creative director Stephen Gan on several stories per year beginning March 2013. Besides editorials, she may also get involved in producing covers for many of Harper’s Bazaar international editions. Although there will soon be a lot on her plate, Hearst confirmed that their new Global Fashion Director is free to work on her outside projects, including her just-released bi-annual glossy CR Fashion Book.
Speaking about their new editor, Hearst Magazines International president Duncan Edwards said, “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. She is a visionary in the fashion world and we are so happy to be working with her.”
While this news will yield a bevy of editorial and publicity advantages to the magazine, we’re assuming that the Conde Nast International camp is fuming over this industry shake-up. Then again, Roitfeld seems to be in no hurry to make amends—if there is indeed a rift—with her former employer after she left her position at Vogue in 2010.
In the press release, Roitfeld said that she’s thrilled to be part of Harper’s Bazaar, “a brand with a rich history of creativity.” With her helping steer the publication’s creative ship, we’re eager to see some serious editorial and cover competitions ahead.
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