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That is really upsetting, because WWD gets their scoops right, most of the time!
They actually back their reporting up with reputable sources, so it's unlikely they drew her name from a hat. Plus they have a special relationship with CN (so I really cannot explain how BoF broke the news).

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^ That's what I meant. If they are saying Grand is a top contender, then its true. Their sources are legit. It is surprising BOF broke the news, and not them though!

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BOF has been known to ignore embargoes before, much to the annoyance of several people in the industry. I think the aim was for Vogue to announce it via their social media but BOF went earlier than advised.

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^ Interesting, and VERY shifty of them haha.

You raised a good point with Jo, she has been running Glamour for over a decade, and been doing a good job with the brand. If you look at the Women of The Year event, its very well organized.

So she would do well at a big brand like Vogue, but i am not excited, because it would, (i think) feel too much like Alex, I doubt she could bring any new excitement at the magazine. We would just go on where Alex left off. I guess CN suits might want that.

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In the UK, speculation about Shulman’s successor is already rife, with Katie Grand, Penny Martin and Jo Ellison among the mooted names. And while Shulman was able to maintain a steady print circulation of around 200,000 in a shrinking market, a new social media-savvy editor-in-chief could help accelerate British Vogue's evolution for a digital world.
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Must admit that I was floored when I read the news yesterday, and genuinely began to feel a little miserable afterwards. I can't say I was Alexandra Shulman's biggest fan around here and certainly haven't been feeling the majority of her choices over the past few years but I just think it's terribly sad that after 25 years.. she's leaving! The magazine simply won't be the same without her (regardless of whether or not the magazine improves).

My first choice of a replacement would be Lucy Yeomans. British Harper's Bazaar was utterly tremendous when Yeomans was EIC and she's done a fabulous job with Porter. British Vogue would be an absolute delight with Lucy at the helm, I'm sure. We need her fabulously blow-dried self to inject some much-needed glamour, sophistication and mystery to Vogue. Yeomans for the win, PLEASE!

Although knowing our luck.. Katie Grand will get the job. I always felt as though Love was her stomping ground until the Vogue job came about but I certainly wouldn't be thrilled with Grand at Vogue. All we'd be getting is Love 2.0.. same old tripe but for a different magazine. Jo Elvin would be the more conservative yet mundane choice IMO. I'd be willing to give her a chance but don't think she's a.. fashion-forward fit for Vogue. They will no doubt find their replacement within the Condé Nast family.

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Please not Katie Grand! Good for Alexandra for 25 years but it was really about time she left. The November 2016 issue was the worst I've ever seen, and I found all that sanctimonious talk about using 'real' women rather than models very irritating and hypocritcal, especially given they went straight back to using models in the December issue. I hope this changes the magazine for the better, will be interesting to see who takes her place

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Justine Picardie's name was seriously mentioned?? I bet it's only because she's doing wonders at Harper's. I personally am opposed to this move.

It seems Natalie is as strong a contender as Katie Grand...

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Who will succeed Alexandra Shulman? The runners and riders for the role of British Vogue's Editor-in-chief

Hayley Spencer Bethan Holt, digital fashion editor
26 JANUARY 2017 • 3:24PM

So Alexandra Shulman is resigning from her role as Editor-in-chief of British Vogue and while tributes have been paid to her agenda-setting editorship, thoughts are inevitably turning to the top job which she now leaves vacant and who might move into her pristine white office at Vogue House.

Shulman's departure will certainly cause seismic change. Her resignation is a turning point for the publication as it faces a chance to carve out a new direction in an ever-changing fashion magazine environment so it's understandable that there was little chance of any other topic being the subject of insider water cooler chatter today.

Just a few of the questions in the new editor's in-tray: How do you continue to attract younger readers to buy the magazine when they've grown up more inclined to head online? How does the website relate to the magazine- and what should its identity be? Who are the people and what is the look which will define a new generation of Vogue? Is Kate Moss still your go-to cover woman?


It's a job which countless girls might dream of- as the Devil Wears Prada myth goes- but there's really only a small group of editors and insiders with the credentials to take on the task.

WWD, one of the fashion industry's most-trusted news sources, is already tipping Katie Grand as a favourite to take over from Shulman. Grand founded LOVE - a magazine which expertly blends the mainstream with the avant-garde- in 2009 and has seen it grow into the kind of publication which regularly creates headlines with its covers, whether that's by showing Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner locked in an embrace or Kate Moss in the bath.

Grand's knack for capturing (and, arguably, creating) the zeitgeist has proven digital impact too. Her LOVE Advent calendar initiative attracted 84 millions page views to the magazine's website last December, with the likes of Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Kim Kardashian starring in videos which were catnip to their vast social media audiences.

Alongside her work at LOVE, Grand styles shows for designers including Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada. While those close relationships with major brands could prove fruitful in an ever-more competitive commercial environment, WWD's Samantha Conti points out that this could be a stumbling block to Grand's appointment.

"Condé famously frowns on outside, commercial freelance work, and especially by the editor of such a high-profile title," Conti says. "The question remains whether Grand would even want to relinquish her lucrative fashion gigs for the Vogue one."

Another fashion pioneer who could breathe new ideas into Vogue is Dame Natalie Massenet, the outgoing chairman of the British Fashion Council and founder of online designer shopping mecca Net-a-Porter. She began her career in glossy magazines, but a sixth sense that we'd soon all be clamouring to buy our Jimmy Choos from the convenience of our sofas or offices led her to found the shopping destination which she eventually sold, netting a $111 million fortune in the process.

Massenet would undoubtedly have plenty of ideas for diversifying Vogue- as Shulman did with her Vogue Festival- and last year's launch of Style.com is proof that Conde Nast wants to compete in the online commerce market of which Massenet is the fairy Godmother. She has long been mooted as a successor to US Vogue's Anna Wintour but might she keep the British Vogue seat warm for a few years first?

There's also a coterie of Vogue insiders who could take on the challenge, having witnessed Shulman doing it first hand. Chief among them is deputy editor Emily Sheffield will have been working at the publication for over 11 years when the Editor-in-chief position opens in June.


Sheffield has also proven herself to be unafraid of speaking out so could happily pick up the mantle of calling the fashion industry to account over issues like diversity and sizing, as Shulman has done. Last July, she wrote an impassioned defence of her brother-in-law, David Cameron after his post-Brexit resignation, while her Twitter feed shows that she's just as keen to offer up opinions on politics as kitten heels.

Another similarity with Shulman is Sheffield's very British network of connections (her sister is Samantha Cameron) which would give her the nous to continue the magazine's distinct identity within the global portfolio of Vogue publications. The recent Vogue documentary did, however, suggest that Shulman and Sheffield are by no means peas in a pod; some scenes showed the two disagreeing about which cover options they preferred.

Meanwhile, Lucy Yeomans (ultra glossy editor of Porter magazine), Nicola Jeal ( the powerhouse editor whose CV includes Elle, The Observer and The Times), Justine Picardie (editor of rival publication Harper's Bazaar) and Lisa Armstrong (The Telegraph's very own fashion director) have also been mentioned among the names which might be on Conde Nast's list.

Who might present a more controversial choice? There's Eva Chen, the Head of Fashion at Instagram who was a rising editor star before that at Lucky and Teen Vogue and has done wonders to make fashion more accessible thanks to her social media prowess. She's married to an Englishman so a move to London wouldn't be such a ridiculous thought. But rumours that Anna Wintour might make a return to the UK are about as fanciful as fleeces making a fashion comeback.
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I would like to see Jo Ellison but I'd miss her incisive fashion criticisms.

Penny is doing great at the Gentlewoman. I wouldn't like to see her leave.

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Yeah Picardie was mentioned in a fly by, i don't see that happening, and think what she is doing at Bazaar is just so stale, and nostalgia focused, i don't want her anywhere near Vogue!

We need someone who will be bold, refreshing while still respectful to Vogue the brand! I hope Lucy or Massenet get it!

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Natalie Massenet or Lucy Yeomans would be dream pick for me, they would be insane not to go with one of them. All the other names sound so meh (especially Emily Sheffield)

And the possibility of Grand really makes my stomach turn. I guess the only silver lightning would be Miu Miu getting rid of her.

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Throw my name into the Lucy pot, she would a perfect fit.

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Some interesting comments from people in the industry about Alex's tenure. I for one am sad to see her stepping down, but it was apparent in the centenary documentary that perhaps her heart wasn't in it 100% anymore.

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The fashion world has been paying tribute to British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman as she steps down from the industry bible after a quarter of a century.
When she was appointed on 23 January 1992, Nicholas Coleridge - the then managing director of Vogue - said "Vogue is almost in her blood", referring to the fact her mother, father and brother had all worked at the publication.
So how will her tenure be remembered and why was she such a great ambassador for the fashion world? We asked industry figures for their views.

1. She wasn't 'your usual fashionista'
"Her contribution has been amazing, she had some fantastic covers. She has a love for fashion, but never in a precious way.
"I worked with her on the Sunday Telegraph many years ago, and she wasn't your expected type of fashionista. She wasn't like [US Vogue editor] Anna Wintour - she was her own person.
"She has her own style, slightly bohemian, and had a sense of humour. She was funny. She was really committed to her job and she loved Vogue."
- Hilary Alexander, editor-at- large of Hello! Fashion Monthly and former fashion director of the Daily Telegraph

2. She championed supermodels
"There are many stylists out there and people who have a wonderful take on fashion but few have such a good eye for a story as Alex has.
"She was one of the first people to realise, years back, that supermodels were becoming stars in their own right. She championed the Naomis and the Kates [Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss].
"To this day, Kate Moss has still appeared on the cover more than anyone else. It was Alex who recognised the story, as much as others recognised the fashion."
- Robert Johnson, GQ fashion director

3. She believed in British fashion as a brand
"She supported British fashion massively. She believed in it as almost a brand in itself and she stuck up for it all the time. As editor, I think she saw it grow in stature.
"The British fashion industry has become a bit more respected for being viable and less thought of as 'the crazy place', and actually acknowledged that it is a very creative place. She supported both sides of it."
- Alison Lloyd, the founder of accessories brand Ally Capellino

4. She brought the reader closer to the fashion world
"Alexandra Shulman is an exceptional editor and has been an instrumental ambassador to British fashion internationally.
"During her 25-year tenure at British Vogue, the magazine has evolved into one of the leading fashion publications in the world, bringing the fashion industry ever closer to the reader.
"The British Fashion Council are so grateful for the support Alex has given to our young designers through initiatives like the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, steered by her eye for the best designers and creative influencers."
- Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council

5. She has a 'genuine sense of respect'
"Alex Shulman is one of the great editors of her time.
"Magazines are driven to a large extent by the nature of their character, and Vogue's character for the last 25 years has been defined by Alex's intelligence, surface smarts, elegance, as well as by a genuine sense of respect.
"Vogue is a big brand, maybe the biggest magazine brand of them all, and she has been a great gatekeeper, keeping all reductive forces at bay."
- Dylan Jones, editor of GQ

6. She wanted to broaden what fashion could do
"She was interested in promoting a broader range of beauty and body image.
"I wrote to her in the very early days when she published a set of pictures of a curvaceous model in the late 1990s. I said I'd be interested in the response, and she understood where I was coming from and wanted to talk about it.
"[Fashion designer] Amanda Wakeley and I approached her at the beginning of setting up Fashion Targets Breast Cancer in 1996 and she really saw the value of it and helped us create two big fashion industry photos.
"She could see the bigger picture and wanted to broaden what fashion could do. Fashion is often derided as a superficial part of people's lives but it feeds into larger issues like identity and self-esteem."
- Fashion commentator Caryn Franklin
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Huh? Can someone check the water supply of these people? She championed Naomi Campbell? Kate Moss, sure. But I doubt whether she pushed for Naomi! I think he should've said she promoted British models. Because yes, we do get an endless stream of Georgia, Cara, Suki, Edie covers. Otherwise she's one of the the last editors to recognise global models. She picked only one girl from the Brazilian wave (Gisele), one from the Russians (Natalia), one from the Dutch (Lara), Freja after she reached her peak.

Speaking of Kate, wonder whether she'll be allowed to continue her styling gig....

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^ i agree, 'championing' Naomi is a bit rich. She did seem to like the doll-face models, Gemma, Lily Cole, Jessica Stam etc. all nabbed multiple covers each. As far as Kate, i don't know if it was championing a 'supermodel' as much as using her as something of a muse or canvas - dressing her as Bowie, the Rolling Stones, a 'Royal' and even using just her silhouette.

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