ELLE Accessories Returns this Fall; Is Condé Nast out to Crush Carine Roitfeld’s New Magazine?

Two pieces of fresh magazine news, one spiked stiletto theme! First comes word from Hearst that ELLE will once again accent its flagship monthly with ELLE Accessories. “Accessories are fundamental to how ELLE covers fashion,” said ELLE editor-in-chief Robbie Myers in a statement issued today. “ELLE Accessories will bring our accessory-obsessed audience the latest trends, shopping, and news through the varied lenses of our editors.” The biannual magazine, launched in 2005 and shelved in 2008 after seven issues, relaunches this fall complete with a new, e-commerce-linked online accessories database. Look for ELLE Accessories on newsstands (real and virtual) beginning September 18. It will also be packaged with the October issue of ELLE in select markets.

Another imminent launch is being thwarted by the Condé Nast cabal, at least according to today’s New York Post. Former French Vogue editrix Carine Roitfeld‘s new biannual fashion magazine, CR, is slated to debut in September from Fashion Media Group (Visionaire, VMan), but don’t expect to see images lensed by the likes of Mario Testino, Craig McDean, David Sims, or Mert and Marcus. Jonathan Newhouse, Condé’s international chairman, has been busy reminding star photogs of their exclusive deals to shoot for his titles, including Vogue, W, Vanity Fair, and Allure. “Even those who aren’t bound contractually to Condé Nast have been discouraged from working with Roitfeld, fearing backlash from the publisher,” according to Page Six sources. Meanwhile, since announcing her next publishing venture, Roitfeld has been clear in her intention to start afresh rather than rely on old friends. “I’m in the middle of searching for new talents, and it’s so exciting and energizing,” she told WWD in April.