Is Cond Nast at war with Carine Roitfeld Top photographers 'ordered not to work with ex-Vogue editor'
06:50 GMT, 19 June 2012
Innovator: Carine Roitfeld's new glossy is being boycotted according to sources
Cond Nast is attempting to sabotage the Carine Roitfeld's new venture, a report has claimed today.
As the former French Vogue editor prepares to launch her bi-annual glossy, CR Fashion Book, sources have told the New York Post that Cond Nast International CEO, Jonathan Newhouse, has ordered photographers and editors not to work with Ms Roitfeld.
The unidentified sources say that Mr Newhouse wrote to fashion's most feted photographers including Mario Testino and Craig McDean, to 'remind' them that they are under exclusive contract to shoot for only Cond Nast publications.
A source told the Post's Page Six: 'A
call did go out from Jonathan Newhouse's office with the idea to
reinforce the fact that people were under exclusive contracts.'
Other such photographers included David Sims, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
And they're not the only ones being bullied by the fashion publishing powerhouse, according to the daily.
has also been said that across the board, professionals in the fashion
industry have been encouraged to boycott Ms Roitfeld's new venture by
refusing to work with her.
Taken by many as an unspoken word of
warning, many are now nervous to risk the repercussions of collaborating
with the beloved fashion maven, according to another insider.
is buzzing about the Cond roadblocks against Carine,' the source
explained. 'People love Carine but are more frightened of the Cond Nast
the time of her departure last year, after ten years at the helm of
French Vogue, Mr Newhouse had gushed about the editor's talents and the
value she brought to the magazine.
Loyal Mario Testino (left) and Craig McDean are among those who have been 'reminded' of their contracts with Conde Nast, according to anonymous sources
Equally as complimentary, Ms Roitfeld told WWD in April: 'Vogue is a very beautiful magazine, an institution, and I learned so much working there… You can't put yourself into competition with a magazine like Vogue; you have to create something new, something different.'
In the interview, the provocative fashion editor also stated that she would not be seeking collaboration with the likes of Mr Testino who she knew was tied to Cond Nast.
Fresh: Ms Roitfeld's new magazine, CR, is signed by the editor and will be published bi-annually
The magazine will be launched from the magazine's offices in The Standard, East Village.
Each issue, Ms Roitfeld revealed to WWD will have a theme and only contain long features and photo spreads.
The French editor explained it will give her a chance to find 'new ways to be irreverent'.
Neither Cond Nast International nor Mr Testino have responded with comment and Ms Roitfeld could not be reached.