HOME SWEET HOME: Carine Roitfeld will always have Paris, and the French Vogue editor in chief is content with that. In a fly-on-the-wall CNN documentary slated to air tonight, Roitfeld quashes what she calls “frustrating” speculation she might one day take the helm of American Vogue. “It’s a bit like for an actor. Do you want to go to Hollywood or do you want to stay here in Paris and do the cinema I like to do?” she tells the program, “Revealed.” “It would be too political at American Vogue for me. And I’m not sure I’m talking enough good English to work there.” CNN trailed Roitfeld during the recent round of fashion shows and also sought commentary from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Hedi Slimane and Mario Testino. — Natasha Camilla Montrose
A NEW GROUP OF PEOPLE: IVillage Networks has tapped Angela Matusik, formerly of people.com, as its chief content executive. In this new position, Matusik will be responsible for revitalizing the editorial vision for each brand under the network, including iVillage.com and Astrology.com. While at people.com, Matusik was the development editor, charged with developing and overseeing the site’s celebrity style channel, StyleWatch. Matusik will report to Rebecca Miskin, general manager of iVillage Networks. — A.W.
SELF-DEPRECATION NATION: Harvey Nichols is ready to cash in on the weakening pound and subsequent spike in foreign tourist traffic with help from grumpy Englishmen with bad teeth. The store this week launched a multilingual ad campaign that plays on the funniest English stereotypes in a bid to flog luxury goods. “The English are known for having bad teeth, that is why they need beautiful shoes,” says one strap line, while another one — for handbags — maintains, “The English are well-known for hiding their emotions. Except when it comes to these little beauties.” The campaign, which has been translated into six languages, will appear on buses and in tourist magazines.
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The store said international shoppers — especially from China, Russia, Brazil and the Arab states — have substantially increased their spending on designer brands over the past year. Labels that appear in the campaign include Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Peter Pilotto. Harvey Nichols isn’t the only store that’s seen an increase in tourist traffic over the past six months. Jimmy Choo and Gucci have reported a booming trade in their London stores, thanks to an increasing number of foreigners. In 2008, Selfridges’ sales to overseas customers rose 30 percent, with Chinese, Middle Eastern, Nigerian, Japanese and U.S. tourists among the most acquisitive. — Samantha Conti