At the end of last year Glamour, along with several other magazines, confirmed that they have some big changes planned for 2012. What we didn't know, though, is that they were talking about new employees as well as their big redesign. Today the magazine confirmed that Louise Roe has been appointed as their new fashion editor at large.
“Anne Christensen and I are so excited to have Louise on board just as we’re rolling out a new kind of Glamour,” Cindi Leive said on announcing the news. “Louise is both aspirational It-girl and accessible chic, which exactly sums up what we’re into at Glamour.” Naturally, Roe is happy about the appointment. “This is honestly a dream job for me,” she said. “Having started my career working in the magazine industry, it’s awesome to be working with such a huge, brilliant publication in a range of ways including print, online and TV. We’ve got some exciting projects up our sleeves. Bring on fashion week!”
The editorial shake-up is still continuing much to our amazement. Less than a week ago it was announced that Suze Yalof Schwartz had left her position as Fashion Editor at Large at Glamour magazine and of course, in the last month Anne Christensen has joined the magazine from T after Sally Singer beat her to the editor-in-chief position.
Now that Chrstensen is comfortably at Glamour she's just hired her former T colleague, Melissa Martin, as Glamour's new style director - a role created especially for her. Many speculate that Martin's appointment was a deliberate move by Christensen to expand the magazine's fashion content.
Despite the fact that we've been talking about moves for the past 2-3 months, someting is telling me that it's not over just yet...
After leaving her position as fashion director at 'T' when she was all too displeased at the addition of new editor-in-chief, Sally Singer from Vogue, it seems Anne Christensen has already been scouted by Fashion magazine 'Glamour'. Liking that she has that certain 'fashion cred,' as well as the ability to shoot 'real women' opposed to the stereotypical skeletal size 0 models that dominate the fashion world, Glamour made her an offer.
Christensen will be replacing fashion director, Xanthipi Joannides who retired in June and left the position ready to be scooped up moments later. Daily Front Row has sparked rumours that Christensen begins work in August at the Condé Nast publication. So it seems when your as good as Christensen is, there is never a shortage of work on the fashion scene. Needless to say, she wasn't out of a full-time position for very long.
It looks like the movement between magazines won't slow down any time soon. After Stefano Tonchi's move from T, many expected that Anne Christensen - the magazine's fashion director - would take his place but eventually lost the position to Vogue's Sally Singer. Christensen went on to resign from her role causing even more speculation as to who will take her place.
Tabbitha Simmons is a name that has been thrown into the hat of likely successors. Many think she's a firm favourite particularly due to her longtime close relationship with Singer and her ties with Vogue who she frequently styles for. However, Meredith Melling Burke is also tipped to be in the running for the job. However, as The Cut pointed out, it's unlikely that she will make the move because that would be the second big editor to leave American Vogue.
In other news, there's been a lot of competition of the fashion director position at Glamour after Zanthipi Joannides left the magazine in June. Despite moving to Marie Claire from ELLE only a year or so ago, Nina Garcia is said to have been interested in the position but "discussions with ended shortly after they began" a source told WWD. Kate Lanphear has also met with Cindi Leive, which if it resulted in a move from ELLE, would be really sad. ELLE without Lanphear?!
The recent shifts at both T and W magazine have given the industry a rather exciting game of Guess Who? when it comes to the arrivals and departures of the two American publications, however when it came to betting on Stefano Tonchi'ssuccessor at T, the majority of us had our hearts set on Vogue's Sally Singer. Rather unfortunately for Anne Christensen, then, it came as an almost anti-climax as she was revealed to be taking over Tonchi's position at the magazine.
Having been T's Fashion Director for some time now, we have no doubt that she's qualified for the job, however many of us would have liked to have seen Vogue's intellectually talented Singer bring her perspective to the magazine. Presumably high on the list of tasks for Christensen to begin with includes increasing T's digital presence, as well as boosting ad pages, so we suppose only time will tell how well Christensen - and T - will adapt to the change. We wish her luck.