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Carine Roitfeld (born in Paris, Francemarker on 19 September 1954) is the Editor-in-Chief of the French edition of Vogue, a position she has held since 2001.

Family background

Her father, Jacques Roitfeld, who died in 1999, was a Russianmarker film producer who worked in Berlinmarker before he moved to Paris and met her mother. Roitfeld describes her mother as a "very classic Frenchwoman." She describes her father as her "idol," and says that "he was always away, filming, at Cannesmarker." She describes her upbringing in the 16th arrondissment of Paris, Francemarker was "very Bourgeois. I'm not saying we were in diamonds, but very, very comfortable."

Personal life

Roitfeld and her partner Christian Restoin have been together for thirty years. Restoin was the creator the Equipment clothing line, which he closed in 2001 after Roitfeld accepted the Vogue editorship.. Roitfeld and Restoin have two children:
  • Julia Restoin Roitfeld (born in Paris on 12 November 1980)
  • Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld (born in Paris in December 1982)

Julia graduated from Parsons School of Designmarker in New York Citymarker in May 2006 and became the face of Tom Ford's fragrance Black Orchid in November 2006.

Vladimir graduated from the University of Southern Californiamarker Film School in 2007.


At 18, Roitfeld began modeling, having been scouted on the street in Paris by a British photographer's assistant. "I wasn't a star," she says. "I was just booked for junior magazines." She became a writer and then a stylist for French ELLE. While she was working as a freelance stylist, her daughter, Julia, was in a children's fashion shoot for Italian Vogue Bambini in 1990, photographed by Mario Testino. Roitfeld and Testino soon after began working as a team, doing advertising work as well as shoots for American and French Vogue. Roitfeld went on to work as a consultant and muse for Tom Ford at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent for six years. She was approached by Conde Nast International Chairman Jonathan Newhouse to edit French Vogue in 2001. In April 2006, there were rumors that Roitfeld was being approached by Hearst Corporation to take over Glenda Bailey's editor-in-chief position at U.S. Harper's Bazaar.

She has contributed to the images of Gucci, Missoni, Versace, Yves Saint-Laurent, and Calvin Klein.


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  7. amFAR, The Foundation for AlDS Research Award for Courage, Biography for Honoree Carine Roitfeld; Retrieved on 19 February 2008.

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