Media is evolving at the breakneck speed of Twitter and traditional print outlets and new media ones are constantly reorganizing and reshuffling mastheads to ensure that their publications continue to rake in advertisers and stay alive. The world of fashion media is no exception. This year there was so much playing of editorial musical chairs, we devised little flow charts to try to keep it all straight.
From Carine Roitfeld's shocking departure from Vogue Paris to the fat-hating Marie Claire blogger who pissed just about everyone off, here are the top ten fashion media stories of the year.
1. Carine Roitfeld announces that she will leave Vogue Paris.
The most recent, and perhaps the biggest fashion media story of the year, Roitfeld's announcement that she'd be stepping down as the editor of French Vogue after 10 years came as a shock to most in the industry.
Our coverage: Breaking: Carine Roitfeld to Leave French Vogue Who Will Replace Carine Roitfeld at Vogue Paris? A List of Fantasy Suggestions More On Carine’s Plans After French Vogue (Hint: They Do Not Involve Tom Ford)
2.Marie Claire blogger Maura Kelly's Post “Should ‘Fatties’ Get a Room? (Even on TV?)” draws ire, makes national headlines.
Marie Claire's dating blogger Maura Kelly understandably pissed a whole lot of people off with her scathing blog post expressing her distaste for 'Fatties.' The post went viral and then ended up being picked up by most major news outlets, including the wires. Marie Claire EIC Joanna Cole responded exclusively to us, noting that the mag had received 28,000 email responses to Kelly's post the day it went up, and stood by her writer stating, "Maura Kelly is a very provocative blogger..she was an anorexic herself and this is a subject she feels very strongly about...she is excited and moved by the responses.”
3. Sally Singer leaves Vogue for T. Sally Singer, the long time fashion news and features director at Vogue, known for her intellectual approach to the medium, left the mag to become the New York Times' fashion mag's editor-in-chief. Her first issue came out this month and surpassed expectations.
4. Stefano Tonchi leaves T for W. Of course, the reason Sally Singer left Vogue to helm T, was that the mag's editor, Stefano Tonchi, left to become the EIC at W. He took some flack for putting a naked Kim Kardashian on the cover (even if it was Barbara Kruger for the art issue). And word on the street (via Keith Kelly at the NY Post) is that Tonchi's W isn't faring so well.
5. Brandon Holley replaces Kim France at Lucky.
Kim France, who helmed Lucky since its launch in 2000 was replaced by former ElleGIRL and Jane editor-in-chief Brandon Holley. Watch for Holley, who had been the content director at Yahoo! Shine, Yahoo!'s lady site, to use her web skills to give Lucky a major online overhaul.
Our coverage: Breaking: Brandon Holley Has Been Named Editor of Lucky
6. Tavi Gevinson to launch Sassy redux with Jane Pratt.
Sassy lovers everywhere couldn't believe that their hero Jane Pratt was back and launching a magazine with teen blogging sensation Tavi Gevinson. Gevinson described the forthcoming pub as a "magazine for an audience of wallflowery teenage girls." The site is set to launch this spring, the print mag in fall 2011.
7. ALT to ANTM.
Vogue's longtime man-about-town and editor-at-large André Leon Talley dropped on the masthead where he is now listed as contributing editor, perhaps to make time for his role as a judge on America's Next Top Model. Talley is a perfect fit for reality TV and his witticisms ("dreckitude" anyone?) have livened up the long-running model competition. We're so glad he's on the small screen.
Our coverage: André Leon Talley’s New Title at Vogue André Leon Talley Will Wear Custom Chado Ralph Rucci on America’s Next Top Model The Turtle is the New Smize and Other Lessons Learned At Breakfast With Tyra And Andre Leon Talley
8. Kelly Cutrone becomes the Dr. Phil of the fashion world.
Reality TV show star (RIP Kell On Earth), author, Dr. Phil correspondent, and all-around inspiring lady, Kelly Cutrone became something of a pop guru this year.
9. Robin Givhan leaves the Washington Post for Newsweek/Daily Beast.
Robin Givhan, the Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion writer announced last week that she was leaving her post after 15 years with the paper to join Tina Brown at Newsweek/The Daily Beast.
10. @noBtotheS ruffles industry feathers. She's got the hottest twitter feed in the industry and no one knows who she is. Anonymous fashion PR girl @noBtotheS tells it like it is. She gripes about everyone she works with, names names, and has got all of us hooked on her tweets. Of course, we're partial to her snark-filled columns for Fashionista, too.