Lately, the fashion industry has seemed like one big ever-revolving glass door–It feels like practically every day a new hire (or fire) is announced.
The latest shakeup involves Elle‘s senior fashion news editor Nick Axelrod, who is leaving the womens mag to join Emily Weiss at Into the Gloss. And, from the sounds of it, we can expect the beauty website to continue making more exciting new hires.
“ITG is growing and we are constantly experimenting, aiming to do something new,” Weiss told us. “I’ve always wanted ITG to be a resource and a destination that inspires readers with beauty stories, and to really give beauty the airtime it deserves–and maybe even turn it on its head a little bit.”
And as for why Axelrod decided to make the leap from print to digital, he said he still has a soft spot for print, but moving online was a logical move. “I started in print and I’ll always love print, but this just felt like the right next step for me,” he told us. “I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and with ITG, the possibilities of what we can do are endless.” Plus, with Into the Gloss, he has the best of both worlds. “I think Into The Gloss is one of those sites that perfectly fuses what I love about magazines and what’s so exciting about the web.”
Axelrod’s announcement comes hot on the heels of the departure of over half of Elle.com’s editorial staff. He’s also part of a growing trend that has industry players leaving traditional print publications for digital outlets. A few weeks ago, we reported that Danica Lo, Glamour‘s senior online fashion and beauty editor was leaving the glossy for Zimbio’s StyleBistro, and a few weeks before that, Who What Wear announced that they’d hired Laurie Trott, previously of Lucky Mag, to be their first-ever fashion director. And just yesterday, The Cut announced that Christina Han, who was an associate editor at W magazine, would be joining their staff as the site’s first-ever beauty editor.
Other editors are sticking to the print side of things–though they’re still tending to migrate towards newer, up-and-coming publications. Accessories director Shiona Turini, for instance, parted ways with Teen Vogue (though we don’t know the circumstances) and shortly afterward joined the staff of CR, Carine Roitfeld’s soon-to-be-launched magazine.
And that’s not all. According to Sally Lyndley, there might be another glossy swaparoo in the works: Alex White, who left W Magazine last year, is rumored to be joining Vogue.
According to Lyndley, White is styling three shoots for the fashion bible this season, and “credible sources” have told her that those jobs could lead to a full time position.
White, who was responsible for some of our favorite W shoots, would make an excellent addition to the Vogue team. “She does celebrity editorial in such a unique way,” Lyndley agrees. “A breath of fresh air for the editorial team there, and she’s a strong Betty who can take the heat in the Vogue kitchen!”
If these new shake-ups prove anything it’s that the times they are a-changing. Digital outlets are growing, and new publications are being launched; traditional print titles no longer necessarily reign supreme. The old guard is making way for the new.
Oh, and if you’re looking for a job, now you know where to apply.