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Carine Roitfeld resigns as editor of French Vogue

In a surprise move, Carine Roitfeld said she will step down as editor in chief of French Vogue.

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Mario Testino and Carine Roitfeld attend the Jean-Paul Gaultier show as part of the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011 on July 7, 2010 in Paris, France. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Anna Wintour can breathe easy.

Carine Roitfeld has no plans to take over at American Vogue when she resigns as the editor of French Vogue next month, or so she told Cathy Horyn of The New York Times.

Roitfeld may not inspire the awe (in non-French, non-fashion circles at least) of the name Wintour — we have "The Devil Wears Prada" to thank for that — but she's a bona fide legend in the industry.

"It is impossible to overstate Carine’s powerful contribution to Vogue and to the fields of fashion and magazine publishing. Under her direction, Vogue Paris received record levels of circulation and advertising and editorial success," Jonathan Newhouse, chief executive of Condé Nast International told Vogue U.K.’s website.

"Carine herself has become widely known as a beacon of style, fulfilling the role with charm and graciousness. She has become a giant in her profession [and] will be deeply missed. I am extremely grateful to her for what she has achieved.”

Roitfeld said she has decided to concentrate on personal projects. The 56-year-old former model, who did much of her own styling for the magazine — including for the last issue — told the Times her decision had nothing to do with personalities. “I have no problem with Jonathan, and he understood me very well,” she said of Newhouse.

"It’s 10 years that I’m editor of the magazine .... I think it’s time to do something different."

She added: "I had so much freedom to do everything I wanted. I think I did a good job."

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/france/101217/roitfeld-french-vogue-wintour