to Become Frugal in Response to the Global Recession
Roitfeld, editor-in-chief, French Vogue has called for French Vogue
to become frugal to reflect the current economic recession. "I
think we need to become more frugal," claims Roitfeld, though
"not on quality ... just on organization."Carine Roitfeld
is considered by many to be one of the most fashionable
women in the world, only reinforcing the stereotype of the
incredibly stylish French woman.
been at the helm of French Vogue for the past 8 years and works with
a relatively small but amazing team to put together one of the most
prestigious and fine fashion magazines in the world, every month.
Despite the fact that the circulation of French Vogue pales in
comparison to that of American Vogue helmed by Anna Wintour the
numbers are at 139,000 versus 1.3 million it is still considered to
be one of the most "fashion forward"
and influential of the big-name fashion magazines.
Vogue editor recognizes that there is increasing excess and frivolity
in the behind-the-scenes world of fashion
magazine publishing. "Some things got too far away. There were
people who were flying private jets; we need to go back to
reality." She also points out that the number of people involved
in decision-making has increased unnecessarily. For example, she
often sees upwards of 25 or more people at a meeting to discuss a
fashion photo shoot, whereas a few years ago there were less than 10
people accomplishing the same task.
In light of
the global economic scenario, Roitfeld says that the best solution,
is creativity. "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."
the helm at French Vogue, Roitfeld has seen increase in circulation
up to 27 percent. Advertising revenue has also increased more than 10
percent. The president of Condé Nast Publications, Vogue's
parent company, describes Ms. Roitfeld as "probably the most
creative person I've met in my life," adding that she is acutely
aware of what her readers want.
undeniable fashion sense and
keen instincts, whatever strategy Roitfeld decides upon will most
likely bring French Vogue, and her, continued success.