Power Play

When it comes to ending a 10-year relationship, there is no such thing as a clean exit. Even if you live in a big city like Paris, proof of a shared past can haunt you no matter where you go. In the case of Carine Roitfeld, breaking up with Vogue Paris was made easier by falling into the arms of a different fashion figure: New York City. 
In an interview with Vogue Daily’s Emily Holt, the Condé Nast divorcée breezily stated, “Everyone says I’m more relaxed. The moment you leave a big company after ten years, even though I was very happy there, everything looks different – like a bird in a cage, even if it was a golden cage. I have freedom and freedom has a price, but in another way I enjoy this and maybe am more serene, more quiet, more cool, more calm.” Roitfeld has publicly framed her resignation from Vogue Paris as one that was voluntarily. However, reports of Condé Nast’s growing frustrations with Roitfeld’s abuse of power – such as allegedly taking on lucrative consulting gigs or sending Balenciaga preview pieces to Max Mara to copy – suggest that she actually might have been fired. Whatever the reasons for Roitfeld’s abrupt exit, her career has not suffered in the least. READ MORE