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'Elle' Names Joe Zee's Replacement

Alex Gonzalez joins the team from sister publication 'Marie Claire.'

When Joe Zee left Elle to join Yahoo's new fashion vertical last month, Hearst had some very big shoes to fill: Between stints on reality TV with shows like "All on the Line," and his own fashion design camp, Zee's job extended beyond the magazine (whilst promoting it) and he has become one of fashion's more well-known and beloved fixtures over the years. 

Now, Elle has named his replacement: Alex Gonzalez, formerly of sister publications Marie Claire and Town & Country, will begin serving as Elle's creative director in June. He will work closely with Myers and be responsible for the overall visuals of the magazine.

“Robbie and her team have built Elle into the powerhouse brand that it is and I look forward to being part of its future," Gonzalez said in a statement. "I've been fortunate to have had an exciting tenure at Hearst, and am grateful for Hearst management’s support as I move forward to Elle and explore all the new possibilities it has to offer.”

Gonzalez was artistic director at Marie Claire and executive artistic director at Town & Country, and in his new role, he will be allowed to keep the latter position; Hearst president David Carey says it's because the “way T&C covers fashion is distinct to that brand.” 

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Myers tells WWD that Gonzalez will be “building a team” upon his arrival, which means more editorial changes could be on the way.