CR Fashion Book by Carine Roitfeld: Is The Demise Near?


Uh, oh. It seems there are rumours brewing about the future fate of the brainchild of Carine Roitfeld.

According to the latest piece from Page Six, the longtime publishers , Stephen Gan and Cecilia Dean, are reported to be splitting.

One casualty of their portfolio, which includes V magazine, VMan and Visionaire, could be former French Vogue editor Roitfeld’s 2-year-old CR Fashion Book, insiders say.

Roitfeld left French Vogue in 2012 after a controversy and decided to start her own magazine in which she wasn’t creatively controlling. Unfortunately, Conde Nast allegedly released letters to top photographers and stylists banning them to work with the CR Fashion Book.

The fashion book is rumoured to be having problems attracting advertisers and Roitfeld is left confused as to why her friends are not buying ads.

R Fashion Book. Issue: #3 Fall 2013. Title: Love Washes Over All. Models
R Fashion Book. Issue: #3 Fall 2013. Title: Love Washes Over All. Models

The insider added of CR’s future: “The plan is not to announce it is closing, but to do a ‘soft close.’ The whole staff knows what’s going on and are looking for other jobs.”

Roitfeld denied such problems existed by talking to the Daily, “Our launch issue in 2012 was 340 pages with 150 ad pages, and this September issue, we are at 344 pages with 154 ad pages,” Roitfeld told The Daily.

“I am so proud to announce that after 2 years, this September’s CR Fashion Book is our biggest ever!”

Gan has insisted that rumour about the drying well isn’t true too. He insisted that CR has been “profitable since day one.”

Foreverness. CR Fashion Book Spring Summer 2013.
Foreverness. CR Fashion Book Spring Summer 2013.

It’s still unclear how Gan and Dean will split their assets: Sources said Dean is focusing on arty title Visionaire, while Gan is presiding over V and VMan. And other sources say the CR Fashion Book will survive and that V will go all-digital to boost the bottom line.


Is it possible that this is the Kim Kardashian curse? Kanye West nullified that curse when she was featured on that cover. We’re joking but we entertain such possibilities.