When Eva Chen confirmed that she was leaving Teen Vogue, the news came a surprise. What with such a strong presence on social media, Chen has become one of the major faces of the magazine over the past few years so her departure came as a surprise. What her next step will be is still unclear but what we do know is that her replacement is about to start at the magazine.
Last week former Glamour senior beauty editor Elaine Welteroth was confirmed as her replacement and will officially begin in her new role on October 15. 'I will be responsible for the direction of the beauty content in the magazine and online,' she explained to Fashionista in an interview. When asked about how she feels to be stepping into Chen's shoes, she couldn't be more complimentary about her predecessor. 'I couldn't be following up a better act,' she said. 'We've definitely spoken about the role - she's been incredibly supportive through and through,' she revealed, and by the sounds of it, she's set to be a fitting replacement.'
Anyone that follows The Fash Pack on Twitter will have heard that the Courtin-Clarins girls have decided to embrace the digital space by launching their own blog, but they're not doing it alone. Fashionista confirms that Faran Krentcil has decided to leave her five-year-long stint as the digital editor of Nylon to work on other projects and has been brought on board to help launch the beauty giant's new venture.
The blog is called Beauty Flash Blog, inspired by the name of their cult product Beauty Flash Balm, and is set to feature everything from interviews with industry taste-makers, a glimpse into the lives of the four Courtin-Clarins sisters and lots of fun how-to videos when it launches on September 5.
By the sounds of it, there's a lot to look forward too and anything that has Krentcil's name on it is bound to be worth checking out. What it does show is that even the big heritage brands realise that they need to embrace digital channels to appeal to the next generation of consumers.
I just saw [that they photoshopped out my leg.] Maybe it’s two legs together? Maybe it’s the pose? I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I think Photoshopping is OK until something like that happens. You don’t want to lose one of your limbs.
Dickinson, who used to be a judge on America's Next Top Model of which Cutrone is now a part of the panel, recently spoke out again criticising former boss, Tyra Banks. Talking to Fashionista, Cutrone defended Banks and gave the self-titled 'world's first supermodel' a run for her money as far as having a sharp tongue is concerned. 'Janice is a bitch. You can quote me on that. She's an erratic, unpredictable bitch. Last time I saw her on TV she was on Dr Drew's Celebrity Rehab, so I'm not going to take her as a credible source against Tyra Banks,' she said. 'If someone puts you on TV, even if it's just for a year, you need to be thankful.'
I mean, we’re friends first. I of course love what she does at J.Crew. I just think it embodies my style in that it has so much color and texture and character but it’s classic with great tailoring and I think if you have one you have to have the other. And she’s just so freakin’ cool. What else can I say?
Elle.com aren't the only ones having a shake-up, as Danica Lo just announced her move from her role as Glamour's senior online fashion and beauty editor to StyleBistro. The news comes as a surprise. While StyleBistro does focus on fashion, it's more known for its celebrity content, which is different from Lo's background on strong fashion sites (she founded and edited Racked.com before moving to Glamour).
In an interview with Fashionista, Lo made it clear that the strong fashion element is exactly where she comes in. 'Right now, StyleBistro is almost entirely comprised of celebrity-driven content—red carpet gowns, get-the-look inspiration, and trend roundups,' she revealed. 'Don’t worry, the celebs aren’t going anywhere—we love celebs! However, I am planning on upping the fashion ante by infusing the pop-heavy site with zeitgeisty fashion-insider content, beautiful original photography, compelling stories and profiles, and an inspiring (and actionable!) dose of real-girl personal style.'
We were all shocked when America's Next Top Model producer's confirmed that long standing cast members, Nigel Barker, J. Alexander and Jay Manuel, had been given the boot. While the decision was reportedly based on a need to shake things up, not much has been said about why they were the ones on the chopping block.
Page Six reported that the change was because producers wanted to give the show a social media twist and had reached out to Byran Boy about being involved. As Fashionista discovered, that wasn't true as he confirmed to them that he didn't know anything about it. Kelly Cutrone spoke about it yesterday saying, 'I certainly wasn't expecting it as the new girl. When I was there I felt like I was visiting their world and I didn't realised that they would be leaving,' she told Fashionista. 'I don't know who's replacing everyone and I know some of the people who will be joining the show and of course I can't say.' According to Cutrone, though, we need not worry because the replacements are 'really good'.
UPDATE: Access Hollywood asked Tyra about it on the red carpet today, where she confirmed that the move was centred around shaking things up. 'We've reached a point where we feel that the show just needs a new boost, and there's a lot of people that go into that decision, and it's very difficult because I love [Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, and Jay Manuel], and, I mean, they're my guys,' she said. 'They've been there since the beginning of the show. But they'll still be there because my partner Ken Mok and I, we have projects that we're developing and we're a family, so it doesn't end.'
Just when we thought Kelly Cutrone's appointment as a judge was the last big change on 'America's Next Top Model', the show's producers confirmed that that is not the end to the line-up changes. After 18 cycles Jay Manuel, J. Alexander and judge Nigel Barker have all been given the axe.
According to Page Six, all three were informed yesterday that their contracts would not be renewed for cycle 19 and interestingly, reports allege that producers are looking for a blogger to join the panel. 'We hear producers are looking to add a social media slant to the sow, and they've already reached out to bloggers and fashion insiders with a strong web presence, including street-style blogger Bryan Boy,' Page Six wrote. Fashionista contacted Bryan who revealed that contrary to reports, he hasn't bee n approached. 'I love Tyra and ANTM - I thin it would be amazing to make a cameo (hello Andre! hello Franca!) but no, nothing is in the works as of now,' he told the site. 'This is the first time I heard of this.'
I don't know whether it's because she has phrases like 'arm party' or whether her penchant for breaking out in the chicken dance in the windows of Saks did it but I really like Leandra Medine and considering her great success, you obviously do too. Back in September the Man Repeller blogger confirmed that she has a book in the works but it was only recently in an interview with Footwear News that she elaborated on the details.
In the interview she confirmed that her book will be a series of essays and is being published by Grand Central Publishing and should hit shelves in April 2013. The title is still a work in progress though. So far she's playing with 'Man Repeller: A Series of Short Stories About Alien Life on Earth' she joked to Fashionista confirming that 'my editor isn't into it.'
Back in 2010 we all were really excited when Agyness Deyn confirmed that she was teaming up with Fiona Byrne on Naag.com, an online fashion magazine. There was every reason for the site to do well. Deyn was at the height of her career at the time and Byrne came from a strong journalism background and when it launched, it really worked. The editorials were always spot on and the content was really good. Unfortunately, though, the site has come to an end.
While I haven't visited the site in a while, I was disappointed to read that the pair pulled the plug on it recently. When you visit the site, the homepage has the following message: 'As of today, Naag will be no longer. Thanks so much for your support and kind words over the past couple of years. It's been so much fun and it means so much that you liked Naag as much as we did. We don't say good bye, we'll say 'till we meet again.' Fashionista caught up with Byrne who revealed that there was no drama involved in her and Deyn's decision to part ways. '[We decided to shut Naag down because] I wanted to focus on my own site and Aggy was at the very start of her acting career so she wanted to focus on that.'