One month after Nina Garcia stepped down from her creative director role at Marie Claire to take on the Editor-in-Chief position at Elle, her successor has finally been named: Kate Lanphear. Marie Claire's Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider announced the new hire on Monday in San Francisco during the publication's second-annual "Power Trip."
"Kate is one of the most creative, stylish, sought-after talents in fashion today," said Fulenwider in an official statement. "She brings with her invaluable expertise and relationships in the fashion and tech community that align perfectly with the vision of Marie Claire. Her discerning eye for smart style will help us continue to create extraordinary content for our readers."
Added Lanphear, "Joining Marie Claire feels like the perfect homecoming to editorial. The DNA of the brand resonates deeply with me and what I believe in. It is an exciting intersection of the worlds that I love — fashion— with technology, social consciousness and empowerment of women. I can't wait to get started and work with Anne and her incredibly talented team."
Homecoming, indeed. Lanphear rejoins the fashion and media space after consulting for Google. The tech company hired her as it invested in developing a fashion portal — and better fashion week coverage — as part of its Arts and Culture division. Most of Lanphear's career, however, has involved climbing the editorial ranks across London, Sydney and New York, where she moved in 2005. Since then, she's held fashion editor positions at Elle, Harper's Bazaar and T Magazine. In 2014, she was hired as Maxim's Editor-in-Chief, only to step down the following year.
Lanphear's new role as Marie Claire's creative director starts immediately, and will involve overseeing fashion shoots and creative design of the magazine's fashion pages, as well as expanding its fashion and style coverage across multiple platforms — and, less officially, making a welcome return to fashion month's front rows and street-style galleries.