Since new T EIC Deborah Needleman has only been at her new job for all of three days, she hasn’t really been divulging much about her plans for the magazine to the press yet.
However, WWD has learned from “sources” that she definitely has some plans–and demands. In fact, the trade alleges that Needleman “started negotiating with the Times while Singer was still holding court on the sixth floor.”
This week in Editorial Musical Chairs, two former T employees found new jobs. Bifen Xu, formerly T‘s associate fashion editor, has been named fashion editor at New York Magazine. T‘s former fashion market editor Melissa Ventosa Martin is now style director at Glamour.
Town & Country snapped up W‘s Jamie Rosen to fill Janet Carlson’s position as beauty director. Town & Country‘s former beauty and health editor (which is different from beauty director) Nina Judar was named Good Housekeeping‘s beauty director.
WSJ‘s new EIC Deborah Needleman brought on another former Domino staffer–Lauren Goodman–to consult on fashion coverage for the Wall Street Journal‘s new lifestyle section.
Ben Reardon, former editor of i-D has been named editor of British GQ Style. He has been replaced by former deputy editor Holly Shackelton.
This week in Editorial Musical Chairs, we have some pretty major changes. Perhaps most notably, Sally Singer made her first couple of major hires at T. She brought on her friend Michelle Kessler-Sanders as fashion director, squashing those Meredith Melling-Burke rumors. She also snapped up former V/V Man editor Jacob Brown as T’s new features director. He will replace Armand Limnander, who, as we’ve already reported, followed Stefano Tonchi to W.
Also big news – both WSJ and Vogue Russia have new Editors in Chief. Deborah Needleman, former EIC of Domino (R.I.P.), will take on the head role at WSJ. Aliona Doletskaya resigned as EIC of Vogue Russia just last week and they’ve already found a replacement in former Tatler Russia EIC Victoria Davydova.
Since last week’s edition of Editorial Musical Chairs, the most noteworthy and surprising development has been Anne Christensen’s move to Glamour. She just left her fashion director position at T a few weeks ago, reportedly to focus on a freelance career, but instead will be Glamour’s new executive fashion director, effective August 24th. The position was previously held by Xanthipi Joannides, who left the magazine last month.
Confused by the major shakeups in fashion publishing? I’ve put together a handy visual–to be updated weekly, or biweekly, depending on movement–to help you find your way.
The Rundown: As I’m sure you all know, Sally Singer left Vogue to become Editor-in-Chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine and Stefano Tonchi left T to become Editor-in-Chief of W. Florence Kane, formerly a fashion writer at Vogue, has been named senior editor at C California Style Magazine and Patrick O’Connell, formerly Vogue’s director of communications, has left the company. Anne Christensen left her position as T’s fashion director and it will be interesting to see how she is replaced. Bee-Shyuan Chang left T to go to Stylecaster.