Today is sadly Sally Singer last day at T after she announced that she was departing from the magazine earlier on this week. Since the news broke, there hasn't been any word on why she's leaving the title after less than two years despite the speculation that she was ousted after bad ad and circulation numbers. As fashion doesn't wait around for anyone, people are already talking about who should replace and yesterday WWD threw some names into the hat.
The biggest contender for the role so far seems to be Deborah Needleman. WSJ. magazine has done really well under her leadership leading many to believe that she could achieve the same results at T but by the sounds of things, a move doesn't look likely. Insiders don't believe she would walk away from her current role and in a statement she said, 'I love my job. I'm focusing on our fall-winter issues right now from the Midwest.' Make of that what you will by I'm not convinced she'll walk away from the hard work she's put in for the title already.
Sally Singer has always been one of my favourite editors and when she moved to T, just about everyone was excited but sadly her time at the magazine has come to an end.
Yesterday WWD confirmed that Singer has left her role after only two years and in a memo to staff, Times executive editor Jill Abramson said: 'I'm sorry to announce that Sally Singer will be leaving T magazine at the Times at the end of this month,' WWD reports. 'Sally's contributions are clear to anyone who's read the magazine during her tenure,' the memo continues. 'Goregous visuals, interesting stories and enterprising features - both in print and online - have been hallmarks of her stewardship.'
While what Abramson's comments are true, there's no denying that her time at the magazine hasn't been complete plain sailing. From the moment she arrived at the magazine she made her vision very clear. Gone were the glossy, aspirational content that we saw under Stefano Tonchi and instead, Singer pushed forward with intellectual stories that went down well with her fans but unfortunately didn't serve the magazine well on the advertising side.
Azealia Banks has been courted by just about everyone on the fashion scene but it was her partnership with Alexander Wang for the Met Gala that really made sense. Like M.I.A. and Zoe Kravitz, who have both attended the event with the designer in the past, Banks represents that effortlessly cool vibe that Wang has become synonymous with.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the pair have decided to collaborate again. This time it's for Wang's T line, as the rapper has been announced as the new face of the line. Azealia 'exudes a certain rawness that makes her a very unique talent,' the designer told Style.com. 'I loved working with her on this video for T Fall 2012, and think the collaboration captures a collision of energies.'
When it was confirmed that Sally Singer would leave her role at US Vogue to take the reigns at T magazine, the news was met with excitement. As the magazine's former editor, Stefano Tonchi, said at the time, 'I think she's one of the smartest people in New York. I could not imagine better hands for my T, or a better brain.' Sadly though, the numbers are in and so far the magazine hasn't been performing well under her leadership.
WWD reports that like last year, Singer's boss Jill Abramson isn't happy with the declining ad sales and circulation numbers. This year only two of their seven issues have sustained ad pages, which contrasts the general market as many publications are actually faring pretty well. On the whole, all of the glossies, with exception of Harper's Bazaar and Glamour, experienced a strong start to the year. Far from improving, T's overall ad pages decreased by 4 percent, according to MN and the Times. Even having Jessica Chastain on the cover of one of their recent issue failed to have an change things. Instead, that issue had a 10 percent drop in ad pages.
Hopefully Singer will be able to turn things around soon.
If you thought that the editorial musical chairs that dominated last year was over, you were wrong. Despite being given the fashion director position at T by Sally Singer only last summer, Michelle Kessler Sanders has decided to leave the position. "I realized fairly quickly that the skills I have developed in my 22-year career are much better suited for building a global brand and developing product," she told WWD.
The former editor is moving to Vera Wang, who is continuing to expand her empire, and will undoubtedly be able to lend her retail background to Wang's new ventures. And it looks like the brand have had their eyes on Sanders for a long time: "Finally our business is big enough for her to do it,” Vera Wang Group president Mario Grauso explained.
Sanders isn't the only person making a change. After 15 years at Vogue, the magazine's style director Alexandra Kotur is leaving to join Town & Country as their new creative director. Jay Fielden, the magazine's new editor in chief, is behind the appointment and has worked with Kotur in the past in his role as contributing editor at Vogue.
We've all been waiting to see what Sally Singer would do with T since being appointed editor-in-chief earlier this year, and the time has finally come: Her first issue is out. Taking centre stage on the cover is Mick Jagger, a somewhat unexpected choice. “Not everyone who gets T is a devout follower of fashion," she told WWD about the choice.
And don't expect Singer to fill the magazine with advertising over substance. "If one were to strip out those elements of T that you find new or noncommercial, then what are you left with? You’re just left with stuff,” she said. "It just becomes a catalogue. Who wants that? You flip through it and you’re done. When I do a magazine, I want people to live with it.” But it'll still have a good dosage of fun, she insisted. “There are an awful lot of extremely pretty people in it and lots of wonderful things to buy and cook,” she explained.
You have to have many points of entry for readers on any page. From the person you shot, to the place you shot it in, to the context of the stuff, to what the stuff is, whether you have a political narrative, a celebrity narrative, a location narrative . . . If all goes well, the magazine I edit will feel emotional. It should feel like a friend or an enemy or an aggravating presence or the most wonderful thing you've ever had. Magazines, when they work, are emotional vehicles. They drive you to places you just didn't know you were going to go on the day you picked them up. And if they don't, they're not working at all.
To me, the most exquisite fashion credit I can remember in my lifetime was the day of [President Obama's] inauguration, when Michelle walked the parade route in that greenish-yellow Isabel Toledo dress. Because this was a real moment in which fashion, and quite directional fashion, played a role. When I think about the project of T and the Times, I think about that. I think about fashion outside of the studio and fashion that lives on the street. It doesn't mean you're going to repeat that moment, but I do think there's a way in which you can make lifestyle choices seem pertinent to the way we experience the world, and you can draw those connections in a magazine.
I hope that there will be actual stories to read in it, because the Times is first and foremost a paper of great reporting. And it has to be relevant and honest and interesting. There also have to be real narratives and a sense of continuity between the world of the paper and the world in which the T images exist.
Sally Singer, Olivier Theyskens and Julian Classon
It's August - five months since Stefano Tonchi's move to W started the a huge editorial reschuffle - and the changes are continuing. T magazine's new editor, Sally Singer, is bringing more of her former Vogue colleagues with her to the magazine despite speculation that she would avoid doing this to prevent it looking like she's snubbed Anna Wintour.
Vogue staff following Singer include Vogue's associate fashion editor Ethel Park and freelance fashion editor Sara Moonves. When asked about the decision to bring them to T, Singer said: "They see the link between fashion and the larger questuon of what's relevant in our cultute....They're also quite connected with the generation of emerging designers, not only in the States, but abroad, as well."