It’s the dawn of a new era at American Vogue. The Condé Nast glossy announced today that two of it’s longtime staffers, Tonne Goodman and Phyllis Posnick, would be scaling back their roles at the magazine.
Both women have been crucial to shaping the creative and fashion sides of the magazine for years. Posnick has been the executive fashion director since 1987. Goodman has been with Vogue since 2000 as fashion director. Together, their departures signal a major creative shift that’s underway at Condé’s legacy publication.
In 2016, Vogue legend and creative director Grace Coddington also stepped back into a part-time role. She was responsible for creating iconic editorial moments with fashion greats like Kate Moss and Tim Walker.
Another alum of the magazine, west coast editor Lisa Love, is leaving to take on a corporate role, as Business of Fashion reports. Love has been with the magazine since 1990.
The shakeup is being called a “changing of guards,” and industry whispers have suggested that there are even bigger changes that are yet to come.
Rumors have been swirling for months that Anna Wintour, who is the editor in chief of Vogue as well as the artistic director of Condé Nast, will soon be making her exit. She’s been with the company since 1983.
Naturally, there has also been a lot of speculation about who will succeed Wintour.
One of the names that keeps getting tossed around is Edward Enninful, the current editor in chief of British Vogue. Enninful has also worked for i-D, Vogue Italia, American Vogue, and W in the past.
It would make sense for Enninful to succeed Wintour. His tenure, and his vision for diversity, would make him a great fit.
“When it was my turn to define what [British] Vogue was, I wanted it to be a very diverse magazine, and open to the world,” Enninful said in January.
“I feel like the new way is just to be inclusive.”
At a time when the fashion publishing industry is floundering, it could really use a hero like Enninful with a fresh perspective.
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