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What the What? Carine Roitfeld is Leaving French Vogue

This is not how we like to start our last Friday before the holidays. Word from WWD is that Carine Roitfeld, editor-in-chief of French Vogue, is leaving the publication. This is not only completely unexpected, but totally major news. While Anna Wintour is cold, clinical and calculating -- a master puppeteer cloaked in Oscar -- Roitfeld is seen as lusty, warm and sensual. Essentially, the anti-Anna. And while American Vogue is often the gold standard of fashion magazine's, Paris' younger, hipper sister definitely has street cred with the cool crowd. Roitfeld was notoriously hands-on, oftentimes styling the shoots herself, and is arguable one of the top influencers of style currently working in the game. Her fashion choices too, were always kept tongues wagging. While Anna always remained true to Upper East Side designers like Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera, Carine was no stranger to Margiela, Balmain and the like.

The New York Times' Cathy Horyn chatted Roitfeld up for a reason why (why, God, why?), but everything seemed very oh-so French casual. "It's 10 years that I'm editor of the magazine," Roitfeld tells Horyn. "I think it's time to do something different. "When everything is good, maybe I think it's the time to do something else." She also assures us that there are no immediate plans after she leaves. Uh huh, like we're going to believe that. After the year she's had, what with the extravagant 90th anniversary issue and already notorious fashion week party to celebrate in addition to Tom Ford's fabulous guest-edited issue, we're supposed to believe she just willy-nilly decided to split? This is some The Devil Wears Prada shizz, if we've ever seen it.

Oh, and now let the speculation begin. Who. Will. Replace. Her? (Anna Dello Russo FTW).

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