Carine Roitfeld tapped Paris for the November 2006 cover, getting Mario Testino to photograph the blond socialite for the flattering cover shoot. Paris flaunted her sun-kissed skin and toned physique wearing a gray flannel skirt by Azzedine Alaïa teamed with a white cotton tank from Ralph Lauren. Gone were the hair extensions in favor of a cleverly-styled shorter hairdo and long fringe, making Paris look better than ever.
Paris may not have been everyone’s dream cover subject at the time, but the rest of the issue doesn’t disappoint. David Sims captured models Coco Rocha, Natasha Poly, Bette Franke, Tanya Dziahileva and a range of other girls for a fabulous beauty story, doing each of the girls justice by adding great shots to their ever-growing portfolios. Norwegian model Iselin Steiro went skiing for the magazine, photographed by Mikael Jansson, with Karl Templer on styling duties. Diana Dondoe and Missy Rayder both baked under the scorching summer sun, showcasing the season’s hottest new accessory — the oversized handbag. Later in the issue, Roitfeld styled Lara Stone for their first shoot together (there would be many more to come) with the model donning knitwear and denim pieces as Terry Richardson captured it all on location in Paris.
It’s times like this when we truly miss Roitfeld’s presence at French Vogue. Familiarize yourself with the content of Vogue Paris’ November 2006 issue here.