Carine Roitfeld to work for Barneys post Vogue Paris
Carine Roitfeld's first gig following her departure from Vogue Paris will be with Barneys New York. The former editor-in-chief will soon serve as guest editor, stylist and muse for the department store for a Fall 2011 project. She will collaborate with Mario Sorrenti and Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman by styling and editing the advertising campaign, catalogue and the store's famous Madison Square windows next September.
"It's very exciting," Roitfeld told WWD. "It's a new kind of project for me. It's good to have a new life, because now I can do projects that I never dreamed of before. "
"For me, Barneys has always been the biggest name in luxury department stores, so to be able to participate in this project with them, and be visible during the next fashion week in New York, is my dream come true," she added. "To a French girl, it's a big, big dream."
There will also be a short film based on Carine to accompany the A/W 2011 campaign, which will be filmed by Sorrenti. "I am hoping to capture something very personal, a portrait of her in a way," Sorrenti said of the film. "When Carine and I are together, it's fun, and she is really cool and really herself, and it's that intimacy that I want to capture. She has a great sense of humour, and she is very provocative and very free in the way that she doesn't plan about who she is and what she is going to say. She is very natural, which is great."
But Barneys isn't the only gig up Carine's sleeve, she is also in the process of finishing off a book , in addition to fighting off rumours regarding her next move.
"Each day it's changing," Roitfeld said. "One day I am going to Dior with Riccardo Tisci, the next day I am going to Saint Laurent with Hedi Slimane. I don't think it's very nice for the designer at Saint Laurent, and it's just rumours. What I know is that I now have my freedom and I will keep my freedom forever. I am very excited to have this freedom and to have projects like the one at Barneys."
"I am sure that one day I will, even if it's not my own magazine, do special stories for magazines and maybe something on the Internet. I have projects and opportunities coming on.
As for her sense of style, she admits she is "very spontaneous" in the way she dresses each morning" and doesn't "realise if people really look at me and try to copy my shoes."
I can't wait to see what her collaboration with Barneys will produce. Can you? What do you think of her first post Vogue role?