More than one Condé Nast employee expressed shock Tuesday when news broke that Eva Chen would replace Brandon Holley as editor in chief of Lucky. Less than 24 hours later, though, some say the shift shouldn't have come as a surprise.
It's official: Eva Chen has been named the editor in chief of Lucky magazine, replacing Brandon Holley. Chen, the former beauty and health director of Teen Vogue, had been consulting at Lucky with Condé Nast's artistic director, Anna Wintour.
The staff change was announced in an internal memo sent to Condé Nast employees Tuesday. A source told Fashionista that the entire Lucky staff was summoned to an "emergency meeting" earlier in the day.
In a statement, Wintour praised Chen's international presence and called her "the quintessential Lucky girl. Eva is a woman of tremendous talent and experience. I have worked with her over the last few years, both during her time at Teen Vogue, and as she has been consulting with Lucky. Her lengthy experience in our industry gives her a solid foundation in both digital and e-commerce."
Chen's impact on the magazine will start to appear in its September issue, the most important month for print fashion magazines. Chen is also one of the few editors in chief at Condé Nast's domestic magazines who isn't white. Her colleague Keija Minor became the first black editor in chief at the company when she was appointed to lead Brides in September.
There's no word yet on what Holley's next move will be. Before coming to Lucky in 2010, Holley had been editor in chief of Yahoo! Shine.
It's only been three weeks since Anna Wintour took on her much publicized new role as artistic director at Condé Nast, but word has it she's already planning some key hires.
Fashionista confirmed on Wednesday that Wintour had hired former Teen Vogue beauty and health director Eva Chen to help with "several projects" at Lucky, where Wintour has reportedly been spending a lot of her time of late. (Last Week, The New York Post reported that the magazine's editor in chief, Brandon Holley, was among the first to reach out to Wintour for help following her promotion.)
Page Six reported today that Wintour is on the lookout for a new head of public relations, preferably with a background in business or politics, to replace Vogue's outgoing director of communications, Megan Salt. Salt will leave the magazine on May 10 to take on a new job at Amazon Fashion.
Joanna Coles told us she was "not going to muddle" with Cosmopolitan when she took over as editor in chief in September, but she clearly wasn't referring to staff changes.
Coles has reportedly sacked nine members of the magazine's team, including seven on the editorial side and two from the photo department. And while she's hired British GQ's Paul Solomons as creative director and Marie Claire's Joyce Chang as executive editor, a litany of other positions have yet to be filled.
The departures leave Jessica Knoll as the magazine's only current senior editor. When the two first met at a staff meeting in September, Coles joked, "Kate [White] told me you're a rock star. But Kate's gone, so it doesn't matter now."
Over the last several months, the desks at New York's glossy fashion titles have operated more like a game of musical chairs than anything else. The latest departure in a round of shuffling that started in August sees Elle's style director Kate Lanphear leaving her position. It's unclear where she's headed next.
The revolving doors started spinning when Sally Singer was ousted as editor in chief of T Magazine at the end of August. She's now back at Vogue as the digital creative director and was replaced by former WSJ. Magazine editor Deborah Needleman in late September. Needleman took WSJ.'s creative director Patrick Li and fashion features director Whitney Vargas with her when she made the jump.
This week it was announced that stylist Joe McKenna would join T Magazine as fashion director at large. W's Maura Egan has joined T as features editor. Meanwhile, Alix Browne, T's deputy design editor, will head to W Magazine as features director.
Back at The Wall Street Journal, Needleman's deputy editor Ruth Altchek was named editorial director of the paper's weekend Off Duty section and WSJ. in mid-October. Harper's Bazaar executive editor Kristina O'Neill was brought in as editor of the magazine. Two senior members of Bazaar's accessories team, Kate Davidson Hudson and Stefania Allen, left shortly after O'Neill, but not to join her at WSJ. Bazaar's features director Anamaria Wilson also left in October for a position as vice president of global corporate communications at Michael Kors.
Bazaar held onto and promoted three key staffers: longtime senior fashion market editor Joanna Hillman was promoted to style director, Nicole Fritton was named fashion market and accessories director, and Elisa Lipsky-Karasz became the magazine's features editor.
Brides executive editor Anne Fulenwider replaced Coles as editor in chief of Marie Claire. Her first big staff changes have been to promote Nina Garcia from fashion director to creative director and to hire Alex Gonzalez as artistic director. Fulenwider was herself replaced by Keija Minor, becoming the first black editor in chief of a Condé Nast title.
Speaking of Condé Nast employees, Eva Chen left her position as beauty and health director at Teen Vogue and was replaced by Glamour's senior beauty editor Elaine Welteroth.
Above: Joanna Coles. Below: Kate Lanphear.
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