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Edited by on January 12 2012 at 7:05 AM

After a busy year of redefining and reinventing herself, Carine Rotifeld doesn’t seem to be slowing down in 2012. The former French Vogue editrix recently finished a stint as guest editor for VMAN, where she used “real people” — because as we all know models aren’t actually people —  in the spring fashion issue’s editorials. Said “real people” were a combination of celebrities, chefs, mechanics, architects and a fireman; however for the bonus pin-up calendar, Rotifeld turned to her stable of models, including Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima

Carine Roitfeld Used Real People as Guest Editor for VMAN

“When you work with real people, you can’t impose something,” Roitfeld told WWD. She also stressed the importance of casting for male fashion becuase “it’s men who give personality to the clothes they wore.” Where she stands on women and personality is anyone’s guess, but for the cover Carine tapped easy-on-the-eyes French actor Tahar Rahim, shot by Nick Knight. Frequent collaborator and BFF Karl Lagerfeld also stepped behind the lens for the issue, as did Richard Avedon‘s son, Michael, who shot portraits of up-and-coming young actors, including The Hunger GamesAlexander Ludwig. Jean Baptiste Mondino snapped hottie bullfighter José María Manzanares and Willy Vandeperre lensed Lima et al for the pin-up calendar.

The Carine Roitfeld-helmed issue of VMAN hits stands on Valentine’s Day. [WWD]



Story by Lester Brathwaite

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