"It's a huge amount of power" – Carine Roitfeld on her project for Harper’s Bazaar
Due to appear in all international editions
As one of the world's most famous fashion editors, Carine Roitfeld's biggest project to date for Harper's Bazaar is highly anticipated, and going to be revealed on August 19 in the US edition of the title.
"This is a portfolio I've been dreaming of wanting to do even over my 30 years in the business" said Roitfeld this week, adding that she began the project in March and finished in May. "You need a magazine that has big shoulders for such a project... It's a huge amount of power they gave to me."
Shot by Sebastian Faena, with creative direction by Stephen Gan, the portfolio called 'Icons' – which will appear in all 30 editions – includes Lady Gaga, Penélope Cruz, Linda Evangelista, Lara Stone, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Mariacarla Boscono, Joan Smalls, Stephanie Seymour, Isabeli Fontana, Laetitia Casta, Carolyn Murphy, Monica Bellucci, Gigi Hadid, Brooke Shields, Eva Herzigova, Iman, Stacy Martin and Lauren Hutton.
"For all the icons, I used fishnets. Fishnets are like my link," Roitfeld said, sharing that in the series of images they can be seen as tights, gloves or as part of dresses.
Roitfeld went on to explain that her role as Bazaar's Global Fashion Director that began two years ago has allowed her to create a portfolio that the editors of all 30 Harper's Bazaar editions can use. Around half of the 30 editions worldwide have been using the stylist's covers on a regular basis, although are not obligated to do so.
When she started the position at Hearst Magazines International, Roitfeld had just finished her job as Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast's French Vogue, and launched her biannual CR Fashion Book, and she admits that the "surprising" offer to "start something new" at the publishing company appealed to her.
"I think it's a genius idea to give one editor the ability to do one story – exactly 17 pages – total freedom for the choice of the photographer, the models, the choice of the clothes. And, the same story, we give to 30 countries at the same time," she said. "It's the reason why I accepted.