On Thursday, Condé Nast announced it had appointed Amy Astley as editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest. Astley, who has served as Teen Vogue's editor-in-chief since its launch in January 2003, succeeds Margaret Russell, who led Architectural Digest for the past five-and-a-half years. According to a press release, Russell will stay on through Astley's transition and will then serve as a consultant on arts and cultural special projects for Condé Nast.
In a statement, Anna Wintour, Condé Nast artistic director and Vogue editor-in-chief, said:
"Amy's leadership and creativity can be seen in the success of Teen Vogue, which she has built into the influential source of emerging fashion, beauty and culture for young women everywhere. Amy also has spent a great deal of her career immersed in art and design, including five years at House & Garden where she also served as the de facto personal interior stylist for Alexander Liberman, which has given her a deep knowledge and lifelong passion for design that will lift Architectural Digest to new heights."
At Teen Vogue, Astley will be replaced by Elaine Welteroth, who joined the magazine in October 2012 and is currently its beauty and health director. At 29 years old, she is younger than Eva Chen was when Wintour hired her to lead Lucky at age 33 in 2013 — the youngest editor in Condé Nast's history. Welteroth will lead the title alongside Phillip Picardi, 25, and Marie Suter, who will continue as digital editorial director and creative director, respectively. Suter joined Teen Vogue in 2012 and worked previously at InStyle and Jane. Susan Plagemann will continue on as chief revenue officer and publisher of The Vogue Group, which encompasses both Vogue and Teen Vogue.
"Elaine, Marie and Phil are fearlessly at the forefront, inspiring young trendsetters with their sophisticated take on emerging fashion, beauty and pop culture, and they will lead Teen Vogue to the next phase of its success. This team has thoroughly embraced the endless potential of social media and new platforms, and their understanding of the most effective way to use them to connect with audiences, embodies what it means to be an editor today."
Just last November, rumors abounded that Teen Vogue would be shuttered or formally folded into Vogue. Instead, the magazine's publisher left and Vogue's Plagemann took over the sales operations. Teen Vogue's digital team then moved from the print team's floor and to Vogue.com's at Condé Nast's World Trade Center headquarters.
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