French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld's shock announcement that she's leaving the magazine has spurred one juicy rumor: that she was fired. As the story goes, luxury brands were threatening to pull their advertising, and so Roitfeld was pushed out.
It could be seen as curious that Roitfeld departed what would seem to be a dream position — she had near-bottomless Condé budgets, unassailable fashion cred, and great creative freedom — so suddenly. And "fashion magazine editor" is not a position with a history of job security (just ask Grace Mirabella! or Diana Vreeland! or any fashion editor with half a wit, ever). So perhaps the emergence of a "she was fired!" counter-narrative was inevitable.
Seemingly on the "she resigned" side of the ledger are these facts: Roitfeld had been at Vogue Paris for ten years, had worked with virtually every top photographer and designer to create some of fashion's most enduring imagery (link NSFW), and she recently celebrated her magazine's 90th birthday, a milestone of which Roitfeld says, "When we published our 90th anniversary issue in October, it felt almost like a double anniversary for me. I knew I wasn't really going to stay much longer. I think it's good to get out while you're ahead." And Roitfeld will now be able to double or perhaps even triple her Condé Nast salary by consulting and styling for luxury brands. (There were rumors that Roitfeld consulted on the side for brands including Max Mara while she was at Vogue Paris, but she denied that "firmly" to Women's Wear Daily today.)