When Suzy Menkes spoke with Fern Mallis during her "Fashion Icons" series just a few weeks ago, Mallis asked her if she planned on staying with the International Herald Tribune when it's rebranded as the International New York Times this fall.
“Who knows?” was her glib response.
Well, not only will she be staying on, she'll be getting an impressive new title.
Menkes will become the international fashion editor of the International New York Times, according to a press release.
"Fashion and lifestyle coverage have always been in the IHT's DNA and under Suzy Menkes that coverage has become world-renowned," said Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, publisher of the Tribune.
"As international fashion editor of the International New York Times, Suzy will bring her distinctive and authoritative voice to a wider global audience across print, mobile and web platforms."
Menkes has been with the Tribune for 25 years, covering the world of fashion from the runways to events like the Met Gala. And like any good critic, Menkes stirs up controversy now and again (see her "Circus of Fashion" op-ed that caused endless debate within the blogging community or her take-down of the Costume Institute's new Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit).
For her part, Menkes is excited about her new role--and embracing the movement of fashion from print to digital. "I can see tremendous shifts towards the digitized world and am delighted that we will be providing richer content in video and graphics as well as in words to a broader audience of readers," she said.
Guess she won't be taking a fabulous payout after all.