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04.16.2014
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Was there a chill between Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld during the Milan shows this week?

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COLD FRONT: Was there a chill between Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld during the Milan shows this week? Speculation bubbled up that the editor in chief of Vogue was ruffled by a profile of her Paris counterpart in New York magazine that carried the title "The Anti-Anna" and had Roitfeld commenting on the celebrity editor phenomenon: "It is very difficult not to become a puppet," Roitfeld is quoted as saying. "Like Anna, she becomes so iconic that she becomes like a puppet. I don't want to be like that, I don't want to wear this uniform, I don't want to be just an envelope."

Elsewhere in the article, Roitfeld talks about fashion's strong commercial bent: "I will never be a business girl, but I will say, for Anna Wintour, that I respect successful people, I like things that are success. But this is really American."

Asked about the article as she exited Fendi's show on Thursday, Wintour replied, "Maybe you should ask Carine," adding, "I have no comment."

For her part, Roitfeld said Wintour is "right to be upset" and charged that the writer, Amy Larocca, misinterpreted her remarks. "Maybe my English is not perfect," Roitfeld said. "Sometimes journalists look for problems where there aren't any. I am extremely sorry. I am very respectful of Anna. She has always been excessively helpful ever since I've had this job...and I don't forget people who have helped me. She is an icon in the best sense of the word."

Asked for comment from Larocca, a spokeswoman for New York magazine said: "Amy had a wonderful time talking to Carine, who she respects immensely. In their conversation, and as Amy wrote in her story, Carine was very candid about her admiration for Anna Wintour, saving any negative comments for the media spotlight that makes their jobs more difficult. The magazine stands by the story." — Miles Socha and Stephanie D. Smith

SPREADING THE WORDS: Condé Nast International is rapidly making inroads into new markets and, in response, has beefed up its management team. The company has promoted Carol Cornuau and Anna Harvey to vice president, new markets, and vice president, editorial director, respectively. The positions are new ones, and both will report to Bernd Runge, vice president of Condé Nast International and head of the New Markets Europe, Africa and Brazil division. That operation oversees more than 20 titles in Europe, Africa and South America, and plans to launch five further titles later this year, including Russian Tatler and French GQ. Most of the magazines are directly operated by Condé Nast, while others are licensed with local partners. Cornuau, whose previous title was division director, will continue to oversee the Russian market and the daily business of the division. Harvey will continue to manage the general editorial development and direction in the various markets.
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