Maybe it’s because she’s just finished two decades on the job, or maybe it’s just because people like to talk (especially when the rumors fit a certain movie’s plot line so eerily), but rumors of Anna Wintour’s departure from Vogue have hit a fever pitch, officially last night.
First, it was that the Editor-in-Chief of Russian Vogue, Aliona Doletskaya, would replace her, though those rumors were so random they were largely ignored.
But now? Gawker‘s saying that Si Newhouse has left early for his annual year-end vacation, this time heading to Vienna to meet with Carine Roitfeld to discuss her takeover of American Vogue effective January 2nd.
But this is a pretty heavy rumor with a lot of nagging details that kind of drag it down into the depths of improbability:
Firstly, while it’s true that the Vogue empire Anna’s created has faltered quite a bit this year (the closing of Fashion Rocks and Movies Rock, the downsizing of Men’s Vogue, the quiet death of Vogue Living), many other publications are facing problems right now, including other Conde mags (Portfolio‘s been downsized, and DNR was just folded into WWD.) So it’s not like Anna is personally to blame for any failures her projects have encountered – we are, after all, in a nasty recession.
Secondly, to put it bluntly, Anna’s got her hand in so many pots, it would take a long, long time to transfer everything over to a new Editor. There’s no way this rumor could pop up today and then come true in exactly one month, unless every person involved kept their mouths zipped until last night (also, in this micro-city, seemingly impossible).
Lastly, why does anyone assume Carine even wants American Vogue? Her work at Vogue Paris is markedly different (edgier, more avant-garde, humorous – frankly, way more interesting), so who says she even wants to trade that in for spread after spread of Oscar de la Renta on Natalia Vodianova (unless, of course, that’s why Si’s supposedly bringing her in)?
It’s fun to consider, and even funnier to visualize, but we just don’t know. But if you know, well, you know who to e-mail…