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Sad that Shulman is leaving. As others have said, though, it was only a matter of time before this happened because she was clearly worn out during the filming of the documentary. In Inside Vogue, which also covers the run-up to Vogue's centenary celebrations, she writes about feeling stressed and often has moments of wondering what a calmer life would be like away from Vogue, so I get that she's moved. It's a shame because I did love her honesty and disinterest in looking flawless 24/7, as well as her old-school attitudes towards printed media. Plus she's a brilliant writer. Anyway, I just hope and pray that Katie Grand doesn't get the gig... it would ruin Vogue. I've read something about Eva Chen being tipped for it but I doubt she'd want to move back to print. NM would be great I think as she knows her stuff... fingers crossed for Natalie!!

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Hamish Bowles? Didnt Hamish used to edit that ill-fated US Vogue Living? It was actually pretty decent, if I recall. If not a bit like a decor extension of US Vogue.

I dunno, he's like Grace Coddington for me. Cannot wrap my head around them leading a magazine.
Same here. Doubt they'll go for Bowles, but you never know him and Emanuele Farneti could start a new trend...

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It's great that she is leaving but the front runners are all equally boring. But oh well, it's UK Vogue so who cares...

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Hi all - what about Plum Sykes? Don't know why I had not thought of her previously. She could be great for British Vogue and could bring her strong sense of tradition with a new aesthetic and direction

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THISSSSS!

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“I’ve never been a fashion editor, so I’ve always been more interested in curating other people’s work, which creates an interesting mix. If you see French Vogue it’s very much Emmanuelle [Alt]’s vision, and before it was about Carine [Roitfeld]’s vision who did a lot of the shoots, same with American Vogue, as Anna [Wintour] has very strong ideas about what an image should look like,” said Shulman.

“Every now and again I manage to get something that’s my idea in the magazine, but it’s a rare occasion. Usually people pitch to me, they have to explain to me why their idea will work, and I let them get on with it. I’ve hardly been on a shoot. Can you imagine 25 years at Vogue and I’ve been to about one shoot?” she said.
She eventually admits that she did not pull herlself IN the job as she should have as editor-in-chief! This is so crazy to me, I meannnn how could you work 25 yearssss at the top of a big fashion magazine or any other job actually and not give your voice and your input and give personality to it? It baffles me, really. And then she also goes on about the fact that they and she at British Vogue did not or were not able to create a star because of the fast pace of the Fashion industry. Ehhh dear Alexandra, as editor-in-chief, you have the power and you´re in control so you did have the possibility to slow that pace and to truly groom covergirls and repeat with them, don´t hide behind your chair saying it´s the photographer´s fault COME ON! Look:

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Touching on social media and the way it has boosted models’ careers, Shulman said that while the impact of visual platforms such as Instagram have helped unconventional beauties like Cara Delevingne rise to fame, the constant search for newness has also been detrimental to the industry.

“One of my great sadnesses is that we haven’t been able to build a lot of great, new models — and that’s a pity. We don’t have that many models on the cover anymore because photographers and designers are constantly looking for ‘the new face,'” added Shulman.
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I'm impressed that she implicitly confirmed what we've been speculating time after time on here. That she basically had a laissez-faire approach to fashion editorials. No wonder Lucinda could recycle the same edit 5 times a year, or Kate Moss getting away with throwing random pieces together and getting paid for it.
I think Phelan will adapt to a new order, but not Lucinda. Lucinda have had far too much freedom for too long a time. The new EIC may go so far as to demand something completely fresh (shocker!) month after month.

Even if you lack fashion styling experience, it doesn't mean you're screwed. She could've 'curated' the magazine to reflect London, or the UK. For this only a clear direction was needed.

The regret over not developing models is tosh. Look at what Anna Wintour is currently doing with Kendall Jenner. Kendall gets more inducements from Anna's support, than she does from Katie Grand, tbh. American Vogue controls their model casting irrespective of whichever photographer shoots for them. And that's part of the reason why we've seen countless Willy Vanderperre edits in US Vogue with no Julia Nobis. Ultimately I support this idea, because if means the power isn't concentrated in the hands of a few.
If British Vogue was less pandering and more of a commanding force, they wouldn't be dictated by who photographers and designers deem to be relevant.

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I didn't even know that Daniela Falcao left Vogue Brazil.......

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As Alexandra Shulman Departs, Who’s Next at British Vogue?

By ELIZABETH PATON
FEB. 20, 2017

Last month, Alexandra Shulman, 59, editor in chief of British Vogue and architect of the magazine’s glittering centenary celebrations last year, shocked the fashion world by announcing that she was stepping down after 25 years.

The news broke during Paris couture week — when hundreds of industry insiders sit next to one another for hours on end, waiting for shows to start or at dinner parties — so speculation on possible successors immediately went into overdrive.

Now almost a month later, with the group reunited for the ready-to-wear season, the chatter shows no signs of abating. “I call it the ‘fashion week caldron,’” said Imran Amed, founder and editor of Business of Fashion, an industry news website. “It is the time of year when all rumors germinate and a story can reach fever pitch. And let’s face it, fashion folk really like to gossip.”

Still, word that Ms. Shulman will leave the job this summer set off the same levels of breathless conjecture usually reserved for the hirings and firings of A-list designers at top-tier fashion houses. It is an unusual response for a media masthead opening, and one that highlights the state of flux in the glossy magazine industry.

Ms. Shulman’s announcement came a month after the death of the celebrated Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani, so two of the three longest-serving Vogue editors will be gone (Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue since 1988, is the third). New editors were installed last year at Vogue Spain, Vogue Brazil and Vogue Arabia. But the top job at British Vogue is one of the most visible in the Condé Nast publishing empire.

It is also one that rarely comes up for grabs. “As I said to Alex herself this week, this is the sort of job that only comes up once every 25 years,” Mr. Amed said. “This isn’t just about taking on the mantle of Vogue. It is a role with huge influence and power; you become a de facto spokesperson for the entire fashion industry.”

A number of names are now in the frame, with industry watchers placing odds on contenders. Katie Grand, editor in chief of another Condé Nast title, Love magazine, and a consultant to a raft of big name brands such Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, was widely touted early on, though many have highlighted that the job would bring inevitable conflicts of interest with her lucrative commercial relationships.

The British Vogue deputy editor, Emily Sheffield, may have a fighting chance to succeed her longstanding boss, especially because she is also the magazine’s associate digital director, a handy title to have at a time when technological upheaval is rattling the foundations of the magazine business. Also in the mix are two contenders from the American branch of Condé Nast: Sally Singer, creative digital director at Vogue, and Edward Enninful, fashion and style director of W magazine. Meanwhile, Jo Ellison, the Financial Times fashion editor and a Vogue alumna, apparently has several fans among the newer faces in the Condé Nast boardroom. That could count for a lot, given the shake-ups underway in the international division.

“The timing is really interesting given the management reshuffle at Condé Nast,” said Jane Martinson, who leads The Guardian’s media coverage. Days before the news of Ms. Shulman’s exit became public, Nicholas Coleridge, Condé Nast International’s president of 26 years, announced his decision to step aside and take on the role of chairman.

Wolfgang Blau, now Condé Nast International’s chief digital officer, will become its president, and Albert Read, the publisher’s general manager, will take over as managing director. They are to assume their new roles on Aug. 1, while Ms. Shulman is to depart in June.

So the clock is ticking. But word on the front rows of the New York and London shows has been that the search for Ms. Shulman’s heir is far from complete. Several advertisements for the position have been published in recent weeks — the better to attract non-fashion or foreign candidates at a time when British Vogue’s voice must have more cross-generational and cross-border appeal than ever before if it is to survive. The application deadline is Feb. 26.

Possible contenders for the British Vogue crown

Emily Sheffield, British Vogue deputy editor:

A loyal and longstanding deputy to Ms. Shulman, Ms. Sheffield, sister-in-law of former Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, is said to be the front-runner among those on the magazine’s masthead.

Jo Ellison, Financial Times fashion editor:

A former features editor of British Vogue, Ms. Ellison left the title in 2014 to become the fashion editor of the Financial Times. She is said to be highly admired by some executives in Condé Nast International’s boardroom.


Katie Grand, Love magazine editor in chief, stylist and consultant:

Ms. Grand, a co-founder of Dazed and Confused, is now editor in chief of Condé Nast’s Love magazine, published twice a year. She is affectionately known as Katie-Grand-a-Minute, thanks to her ability to command eye-wateringly high consulting rates from big-name clients such as Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Loewe.

Natalie Massenet, Net-a-Porter founder:

Ms. Massenet, a former fashion journalist, founded the luxury e-commerce site in 2000 and left it in 2015. She is now the chairwoman of the British Fashion Council, and her next role has been the subject of endless debate among fashion insiders. Perhaps a long shot in the Vogue race, her name has been raised consistently.

Penny Martin, The Gentlewoman editor in chief:

Ms. Martin’s is another name in the frame. Editor of the magazine The Gentlewoman since 2010, she was an editor in chief of SHOWstudio from 2001 to 2008 and chairwoman of the Fashion Imagery department at London College of Fashion from 2008 to 2011.

Correction: February 20, 2017
An earlier version of this article misstated where Edward Enninful works. He is fashion and style director at W magazine, not American Vogue.
Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/f...lman.html?_r=0

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And also this piece, which brings up valid points!

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-en...-a7585111.html

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Sally Singer's name is new to me there. I would be intrigued to see what Vogue under her leadership would look like. I don't think Edward would leave W for British Vogue however, I always get the impression he gravitates towards things with a little more edge than British Vogue would ever give him.

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I appreciate the profile of the average Vogue staffer might see them hail from certain social strata, but no matter what part of the UK you come from, the face of the country has changed – and if you fail to reflect that reality, you risk being out of touch with your readership.

Back in the day, the magazine’s exclusionary focus on certain echelons in London could be forgiven, because that’s how things worked. But society has moved on since then, and it’s been several decades now, that the internet, immigration and globalisation have influenced all our lives. Creativity no longer needs to centralise in the cities in order to be heard, and money lies in the hands of whoever takes the opportunity to make it.

So there are plenty of non-white, middle-class, affluent women – yet these are people whom UK Vogue continues to deem irrelevant. Yes, a fashion magazine has never been a direct reflection of society – it’s about interpretation and fantasy - but still, UK Vogue makes it clear that it has no interest in communicating with these women, or even taking one step towards a wider picture of who we ALL are.

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I also don't see Enninful at Vogue. He's as bad a choice as Katie Grand in my eyes. The scary part about these two is that they have the upper hand with heavy SM clout and that may seem attractive to CN. Also, let's not forget, a lot of what's wrong with W is on Edward as much as it is on Tonchi.

And I agree with you, Tigerrouge. British Vogue stands alone in the UK with their refusal to challenge or address an ever changing society. Or even to provoke with something vaguely progressive. All the other titles, even Harper's who you'd expect to be more rigid with poshness, every now and then push for something new and rare while keeping their core audience satisfied.

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That list of names doesn't look very promising at all. Agree with you Tigerrouge, the magazine needs to choose someone who represents a change, Shulman has been far to tame when it comes to what is actually happening in the world, let alone the fashion. Of course you can't change your family but I cannot imagine someone like Emily Sheffield for example, representing any change. Can you imagine, Samantha Cameron's fashion label credited on every other page.

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Natalie Massenet has joined FARFETCH as non-executive Co-Chairman. I think this means she's probably unlikely to be taking up a position at British Vogue.

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Yeah, she is officially out now! I thought she would have enough dare to make some changes for Vogue! However CN suits probably want someone to continue in Shulman's outdated vein!

I think Jo is very likely at this point, sigh! Unless we get Grand, and her god awful ways!

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Still crossing my fingers for Lucy...

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