New Barneys CEO Mark Lee is up to more than enjoying the company of super-famous people on his penthouse patios. He's hired ex-French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld to style Barneys catalogues and ads and do some store windows. It's unclear if this is the great reveal of Roitfeld's plans post-Vogue editing that she hinted at last month. “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,” she told WWD, also weighing in on the rapidly multiplying rumors about her new job prior to the Barneys announcement:
“Each day it’s changing,” Roitfeld said of the rumors. “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 rumors. 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.”
The good thing about the Barneys job is that Roitfeld will spend more time in New York! Which she's happy about since her kids live here, so look for her at your yuppiest brunch spots and art openings. WWD also reports that it's unclear if she will appear in the new Barneys material, shot by Mario Sorrenti, but the store will release a "short film" of her being fabulous.
And in case anyone was worried about those rumors dying down, she talked more about her plans.
As for her future, Roitfeld said she relishes the newfound freedom. “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.
“The only sure thing I know is that I will keep my freedom,” she added. “I can be a muse for a designer, I can do work for some magazines, and do advertising, and maybe something like Barneys, but still keep my freedom.”
Oh what's that she said about the Internet? She wants to blog for The Cut? She can totally have half our cubicle, which she practically does anyway since her old French Vogues are piled up everywhere here. And Carine, if you ever need a few nickels to round out your Diet Coke fund for the vending machine, you'd always get first priority over anyone's change.