With the departure of a chunk of Elle.com's team this spring, followed by the departure of accessories editors Kate Davidson Hudson and Stefania Allen, and then Style Director Kate Lanphear, there's no question that Elle EIC Robbie Myers has had a lot of holes to fill in the magazine's masthead. And that's just what she's doing.
According to a press release we received from Hearst, Myers has made two new editorial hires, effective immediately. Carmen Borgonovo, former senior style editor of Harper’s Bazaar UK, was named consulting editor at the magazine, and stylist Lori Goldstein was named fashion editor at large.
While the extra hands will certainly help at the title, it's interesting to note that neither positions are full-time. Both Goldstein and Borgonovo, veterans in the industry, will continue working on their various other endeavors: Borgonovo, who was named editorial director of My-Wardrobe just last month, will continue at that role while at Elle and though Goldstein signed an exclusive one-year agreement with the magazine (meaning she can't style for anyone else), she'll continue to develop her collection for QVC, LOGO by Lori Goldstein.
Borgonovo will mainly be focusing on Elle Accessories, a magazine which has encountered problems in the past, folding in 2008 only to be revived earlier this year and then lose two of its most senior editors, Davidson Hudson and Allen, just six months after the relaunch. At the time of their departure, there was some speculation that Davidson Hudson and Allen had left because of the additional workload the twice-yearly mag had created for the accessories team.
As far as we know, no other hires have been made to replace Davidson Hudson and Allen full-time, which means Borgonovo will certainly have her work cut out for her.