Since September 2001, Carine Roitfeld has held the position of Editor-in-Chief at Vogue Paris. This past Friday, Roitfeld surprised the fashion world by announcing she would be stepping down from her position as editor at the end of January 2011. She told the New York Times “I think it’s time to do something different,” stating she was ready to focus on personal projects.
A former stylist before her days as editor, Roitfeld turned Vogue Paris into a medium for profits and glamour. During her ten years at the publication, Roitfeld raised the circulation of the magazine from 100,000 copies to more than 140,000 (reached this year).
While no successor has been named, many fashion insiders believe the strongest contender is Emmanuelle Alt, the fashion director of Paris Vogue. In early 2011 Roitfeld’s successor will be announced.