The Financial Times has announced that Jo Ellison, the features editor of Vogue UK and the former features editor of the Independent, is its new fashion editor. She replaces founding fashion editor Vanessa Friedman, who joins The New York Times as fashion director and chief fashion critic next week after more than a decade at the British paper.
Given the corporate and luxury-focused coverage Friedman brought to the FT via her column and Material World blog (and even, to a degree, on the arts and leisure pages), it's somewhat surprising that the FT tapped an editor from a women's lifestyle glossy. (Though it's worth noting that Friedman arrived at the FT from InStyle.) It will be interesting to see whether Ellison steers the paper's fashion coverage more into the lifestyle category or maintains its corporate focus.
Ellison will begin her new post in August. She has a book about evening dresses, "Vogue Gowns," coming out this fall.