Aliona Doletskaya's departure from Vogue Russia raised more than a few questions, but mostly people just wondered, "Where would she go next?" Despite rumors that she would replace Anna Wintour at American Vogue, or Carine Roitfeld at Vogue Paris, the most likely scenario was that she would take over Pop from fellow Russian Dasha Zhukova. Instead, Doletskaya will launch two European editions of Interview magazine--one in Russia at the end of 2011 and one in Germany at the beginning of 2012. She will serve as editor-in-chief of both publications. This is great news for Doletskaya, but it's also good news for Brant Publications, the publisher of Interview.
Sources inside 4 Times Square tell us that Anna Wintour was recently shipped off to China by Si Newhouse. The reason for her journey? She's serving as some sort of ambassador. Who Wintour was meeting with is unclear, but we're assuming it was a mix of Conde Nast execs and advertisers based there. After all, China is ripe for magazines. Unlike mature economies--such as Europe and the US--the printed word still has plenty of money-making potential in most Asian countries.