Karine Roytefeld (born 19 September 1954) is a French fashion editor, former model and writer. She previously served as the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris from 2001 to 2011. In 2012, she became the founder and editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book, a biannual print magazine based in New York City.
Early life and family background
Roytefeld was born in Paris, France. Her father, Yakov Motelevich Roetefeld (known as Jacques Roitfeld in France), was one of five children (four brothers and a sister) born to Atsikovich Roitfeld, the proprietor of the Moscow motel and the grocery shop, in Belgorod Dnistrovsky, in the Bessarabian province(Karen Roytfield).
He received a law degree from St. Petersburg, practiced law there, and then in Baku and Odessa. In 1923 he emigrated from Russia at the age of 34, moved to Austria in 1925 and then to Germany, and after the Nazis came to power – to Paris. The second daughter, Karina, who was 34 years younger than her older brother, was one of the two daughters he had from his previous marriage. Karen Roytfeld herself described her mother as a “classic French woman”, and described her father as an “idol”, asserting that he was always far away(Karen Roytfield).
At the age of 18, Roytfield began modeling, after being surveyed by a British assistant photographer on a street in Paris. “I wasn’t a star,” she says. “I only made bookings for little magazines.” She first worked as a journalist for the French Elle before switching to fashion design. Her daughter Julia participated in a 1990 Mario Testino children’s fashion photo shoot for Italian Vogue Bambini while she was a freelance designer(Karen Roytfield).
“I wasn’t the best fashion designer when I worked for fifteen years at French Elle,” said Roytfeld in a 2005 interview with 032c magazine. “But when I met Mario Testino something happened,” he added. the ideal companion for me at the ideal moment. Soon after, Roitfeld and Testino started working together on commercial projects and photo shoots for the French and American editions of Vogue.
Roytfeld went on to work as a consultant and inspiration for Tom Ford at Gucci and Yves Saint-Laurent for six years and also contributed to the images of Missoni, Versace and Calvin Klein(Karen Roytfield).
Jonathan Newhaus, head of Condé Nast International, contacted her to edit Vogue Paris in 2001. In April 2006, there were rumors that Hearst had approached Roitfeld to take over as Glenda Bailey’s editor-in-chief at US Harper’s Bazaar.
In January 2010, she was selected in Tatler magazine’s list of the top 10 best clothes. She was listed as one of the fifty most dressed by the guard in March 2013.
On December 17, 2010, Roitfeld resigned after ten years at Vogue Paris to focus on personal projects. I left the magazine at the end of January 2011. On February 1st, 2011, Emmanuelle Alt, who had worked as fashion director for Roitfeld, took her place at Vogue Paris(Karen Roytfield).
Roytfield returned to independent design, working on both Chanel Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 campaigns, participating in projects such as designing a viewing window for New York Barneys and compiling the big book Irreverent, published by Rizzoli in 2011.
She joined Harper’s Bazaar as a global fashion manager in 2012.
The 2013 documentary Mademoiselle C documents Roetfield’s launch of her CR magazine.
Karen Roytfeld ended up making up a net worth of over two million people. This was achievable because she would continually add value to her work.
Roytefeld and his partner Christian Restwein have been together since the late seventies, although they are not married. The equipment clothing line was developed by Restoin, who shut it down in 2001 after Roytfeld agreed to the edited Vogue. Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and Julia Restwin-Roytfeld were born in December 1984 and November 1980, respectively. They were both born in Paris.
In May 2006, Julia received her diploma from the Parsons School of Design in New York City. In November of that same year, she was named the face of Tom Ford’s Black Orchid fragrance. Vladimir graduated from the University of Southern California School of Motion Picture Arts in 2007.