>> In anticipation of the CNN: Revealed spotlight on Carine Roitfeld that airs tomorrow, a couple of previews of the interviews have been released, touching on her feelings about all the Anna Wintour replacement speculation ("frustrating"), computers ("they're not my specialty"), and what she has in store for the future (plus a great set of pictures). She insists she has no plans to leave Vogue Paris — yet:
"I'm very happy here," she tells CNN, before adding cryptically, "but I'm sure something new is going to happen in the next year."
While you ponder what that might mean, a few more highlights.
Vogue Paris didn't give up their two towncars for Paris Fashion Week, only a coffee machine, but in this economy, frugality is key.
"I think we need to become more frugal. Not on quality, just on organization. It's become ridiculous," she tells CNN, explaining that where once eight people may have gathered around a table to discuss a photo shoot, now there are 25. "Some things got too far away. There were people who were flying private jets — we need to go back to reality. I don't want to take the money out of the beauty of the picture, I don't want to change the paper of the magazine, I don't want to change the materials, but we can do it another way. When it's more difficult you have to be more creative."
How about that Vogue job? »
Scarlett Johansson's surprise dye job put a kink in choosing the April 2009 Vogue Paris cover.
"This cover, it was very difficult, because we want people to recognize Scarlett and then she changed her hair color."
She denies being offered Anna Wintour's job at Vogue.
Roitfeld is anxious not to create any friction between her and her US counterpart, telling CNN "I think Anna does a great job . . . I think she's a great person." She said she would be honored to be asked to fill Wintour's shoes, but pointed out that "it's a very different job. I'm very happy at French Vogue to be able to do everything — almost everything — I want in the magazine. It would be too political at American Vogue for me. And I'm not sure I'm talking enough good English to work there."
But she would consider it, if offered.
"Of course you'd be proud to be offered a job at this Vogue, because it's the biggest Vogue. Of course I would consider it because it would be ridiculous not to consider such a huge position — in terms of money and in terms of power. But I'm very happy. It's very much a small team (in Paris). America is a huge team. I know because I've worked for them before. I think it's not for me. It's too big; you have to talk to too many different people."
She does prefer Paris, and so does her husband.
"It's a bit like for an actor. Do you want to go to Hollywood or do you want to stay here in Paris and do the cinema I like to do? I think I prefer to stay here in Paris. Anyway my husband doesn't want to go."