Following Franca Sozzani's sad, unexpected passing in December, Vogue Italia has found its new editor-in-chief in Emanuele Farneti, who will also serve as the head of L'Uomo Vogue, effective immediately. WWD first reported Farneti's appointment as speculation on Thursday, with Condé Nast International's chairman and chief executive officer Jonathan Newhouse confirming the selection in a letter to staff on Friday morning, reports WWD.
A spokesperson for Condé Nast Italia did not immediately respond to Fashionista's request for comment.
"Emanuele, who has been at the helm of eight different publications in his career, is currently one of the most expert, admired and talented editors-in-chief we have in Italy. He is considered a real 'magazine maker' able to bring novelties, fresh layouts and high quality to each title he directed."
Farneti will join Vogue Italia and L'Uomo Vogue from GQ Italia, where he served as editor-in-chief since joining the publication in December 2015, before which he held the same title at Condé Nast's Architectural Design since 2014.
While holding impressive editorial experience, Farneti will have large shoes to fill: Sozzani, who died last month after battling a year-long illness, built Vogue Italia into one of the world's most boundary-pushing fashion magazines, certainly so among Vogue's international editions. At times controversial, Sozzani's work helped to spark key conversations within the industry about age, race, size diversity and body image.
According to WWD's sources, Condé Nast is looking to hire a new fashion director "with an international profile" for Vogue Italia to supplement Farneti.