Carine Roitfeld may have declared war against Condé Nast when she let word out in September her plans to launch a magazine, but today, the publication titan is striking out its offensive stance. A Page Six article in New York Post reveals that Condé Nast’s International chairman Jonathan Newhouse has been directing photographers and editors to avoid all professional contacts with Roitfeld’s upcoming biannual magazine with Fashion Media Group LLC, CR Fashion Book.
Apparently, Newhouse wasn’t too happy for his former colleague. According to the article, photographers Mario Testino, Craig McDean, David Sims, and the Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot team were spoken to by the international chairman. As it turns out, they had an exclusivity deal with Condé Nast to only shoot for its titles such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and W. An unnamed source told New York post, “A call did go out from Jonathan Newhouse’s office with the idea to reinforce the fact that people were under exclusive contracts.”
Although Condé Nast has its contractual clause to use as an excuse as to why they’re seemingly muscling photographing and editors away from Roitfeld’s magazine, even those without exclusivity deals are being “discouraged from working with Roitfeld.” While Roitfeld’s close pals in the industry may be open to collaborating with her, others are more cautious, fearing the hostility they may receive from the fashion publication. The latter is not too far-fetched an idea. However, we at Fashion Glamour think this could be the start of a great fashion divide. With how Condé Nast is singling out Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, we wonder how everyone in fashion will respond to this. Will they heed Newhouse’s call and remain faithful to the publication powerhouse or explore the promise of Roitfeld’s new magazine?
It seems as if Newhouse is truly laying out all possible barricades for Roitfeld, perhaps in fear of her success or simply because of bad blood. It should be noted that Roitfeld’s controversial departure from French Vogue is said to be because of a rift between Newhouse and the editor. Whether or not Condé Nast is truly out to bar Roitfeld from ever exercising her instinctive editorial smarts, we may just have to wait until one camp speaks out. Better yet, let’s wait and see how the CR Fashion Book will be received when it debuts in September.
With reports from New York Post