From Sally Singer to Carine Roitfeld, Kristina O’Neill to Deborah Needleman, the fashion publishing industry experienced quite a shake up in editorial roles over the past few months. In what seems to be a continuous revolving door, the online media has ferociously covered who’s going where, often updated by the minute as breaking news.
While I have a certain fascination with the pace of how the dinosaurs of traditional fashion magazines move (I mean, it’s a part of my job to examine it), I wonder: why do other general readers also share this fascination of the editor carousel of who-goes-where-and-why.
Or do they? Is it just those who work in the industry who have the fascination, therefore write about it to no avail?
Would you stop reading Vogue if Anna Wintour left for another magazine? Or is this all human nature, just juicy office gossip?
It seems like with the fashion industry, more so than other industries with publications, its readership obsesses over who is running the show. Caricatures of editors have now been created (think: Anna Dello Russo, Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld) where, for some, their personalities have been overrun by their day job.
Do others care about fashion editors? Or do we as fellow (smaller) fashion editors (who may or may not want their positions) hype them up in the press, therefore causing them to be household names? Were other editors writing about Diana Vreeland as much as we write about and photograph Carine Roitfeld today?
I’m not sure what the answer is — it seems like a chicken or the egg scenario. Did we write about editors because the public was interested, or is the public interested because we wrote about editors?
Especially as bloggers, who are more concerned with self-publishing rather that working for a magazine, what do you think?