Perhaps last year’s biggest shocker within the fashion media circle was Newsweek‘s sudden layoff of Robin Givhan.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion journalist, best known in recent years for her analysis of the wardrobes of political figures (especially of the FLOTUS), joined Newsweek from the Washington Post in 2010.
So, has she made a return to the DC paper? Sort of!
Givhan appeared on Today this morning as part of NBC’s Inauguration coverage to discuss the first lady’s fashion influence. Savannah Guthrie introduced her as “Washington Post fashion critic.”
“What?!” we exclaimed from our couches. Givhan also wrote a piece for the Post called “The agony and ecstasy of creating inaugural gowns,” which was published on the 7th and was presumed by some as a signal of Givhan’s return to the paper. Except, it wasn’t. Post spokeswoman Kris Koratti told MediaBistro “It’s a freelance piece,” and Givhan herself told inquiring minds at Washingtonian “I had the story. Style seemed the right place for it. I offered. They accepted.
“And really,” she added, “book or not, can I really sit out the entire inauguration? Ha.”
Indeed, we can’t imagine such an important inauguration–with the fashioniest first lady ever–without the input of Givhan, who began critiquing inaugural fashion for the Post back in 1995. Hopefully, we can expect more freelance pieces from Givhan while she works on her book about the 1973 Versailles fashion show.