When longtime British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman announced her retirement in January, it sparked immediate speculation as to who could take over the helm; the year had seen a new wave of international Vogue editors come from unexpected places. But for British Vogue, there was only one man for the job: On Monday, Jonathan Newhouse named Edward Enninful British Vogue's new editor-in-chief.
Enninful himself has had a long and fruitful career already. He started as fashion director of i-D at only age 19, where he worked for nearly two decades. He also produced work for both Italian and American Vogue, including some of the former's most iconic issues like The Black Issue and The Curvy Issue, as well as some of Steven Meisel's groundbreaking editorials, like the paparazzi and plastic surgery themed shoots. He has since served as creative and fashion director of W Magazine for the past six years, and most recently celebrated his own 25th anniversary in fashion with a collaboration with Beats by Dre. Just last fall, he received the OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II, with best friend and muse Naomi Campbell in tow.
The names of people with whom he has worked covers just about every icon in the fashion industry: Pat McGrath, Craig McDean, Steven Meisel, Franca Sozzani, Terry Jones, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Steven Klein, Mert and Marcus, and Kate Moss are just a few of his frequent collaborators. He has had a hand in discovering models like Karlie Kloss and in launching designers like Brandon Maxwell. Those people wanted to work with Enninful because he stayed true to himself and his kindness. "I just didn't ascribe to the idea of being an ogre to get ahead," he told Fashionista in 2016. "I've had people really championing me, so that's what I like to pass along to the next generation, to my assistants or [whomever]: That there's a way to work in this industry and to be nice and be who you are, really."
Shulman is officially stepping down in June; Enninful's first day will be August 1. His replacement at W has not been named.
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