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.
Phoebe Philo's success at Céline extends far beyond the clothes. In a recent feature in the Times, Benjamin Seidler explained Philo's allure. Not only does she create clothes that real women want to wear but she is also an embodiment of the women she designs for. Take for example her decision not to show a runway show this season due to being heavily pregnant. While many were critical of the decision, it has actually made her fans relate to her even more.
'I'm seduced by the sense of it being the vision of a strong woman who has created a fashion moment, who wonderfully negotiated working from London because that’s where her family is and who has decided not to do a runway show this season because of her pregnancy,' Agata Belcen, fashion editor at Another Magazine, said. Katie Bain, shoe manager a the British Fashion Council, agrees: 'Phoebe Philo at Céline creates a collection each season that is about building a wardrobe rather than focusing on throwaway trends. I think, as a working woman (and mum), she really has that ability to resonate with what women want to wear.'
You'll have to have been living under a rock for the last 12 months to not be aware of the constant rumours about Stefano Pilati's place at Yves Saint Laurent. People continue to claim that the designer is on his way out due to poor sales at the brand since his appointment. So far Pilati has stayed silent but last week he decided to talk about the issue.
"You know, it affects me," he told Eric Wilson from the Times. “I don’t let it go,” he said. “What is it about? I should be here, thinking about how beautiful my job is, and come to the office every day and work with colors and fabrics. But no, you have something that undermines you.” So the rumous aren't true, where are they coming from? Jealous colleagues vying for the job he explained and it looks like his suspicions might be true after all. Despite reports to the contrary, PPR boss François-Henri Pinault recently praised Pilati for his work at the brand who have just experience a profit of $15m after 10 years of losses.
There are few commentators I take seriously. Despite often ridiculously grand titles, most of the front row are ignorant: They can’t tell a print from a jacquard. What can anyone learn from what they have to say?
Giles Deacon tells The Times (via The Cut) why he doesn't take those close-up at fashion week seriously