In the wake of the news that Alexandra Shulman will be stepping down from her position as editor in chief of British Vogue, speculation surrounding who will be her successor is at an all time high.
Shulman announced she was leaving her 25-year career at British Vogue during Paris Couture week – a time when industry insiders come together and naturally discuss the latest news and gossip in the fashion industry.
The position is one of the most sought-after and influential in the fashion industry and is an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often. While the Spain, Brazil and Arabia versions of Vogue all hired new editors last year, the British branch of the magazine is considered to be one of the most important in Condé Nast’s empire, and Shulman was one of the top three longest-serving editors worldwide.
Some of the names thought most likely to be in line for the position include Katie Grand – editor of Condé Nast’s Love Magazine, Emily Sheffield – current deputy editor at British Vogue, Sally Singer – creative digital director at American Vogue, and Jo Ellison – fashion editor of the Financial Times and previous features director of British Vogue.
Of course it is possible that a previously unknown candidate could successfully be awarded the position and advertisements have been published in several global career websites. Applications will be accepted until the 24th of February.
The entire management structure at Condé Nast is currently in a state of flux after president Nicholas Coleridge also announced his departure from the role after his tenure of 26 years. Chief digital officer, Wolfgang Blau, will now step up to take on the role, and Albert Reed, general manager, will now become managing director.
This managerial role changes are due to take place this August and Shulman plans to leave her position in June, meaning we can expect some big changes from the magazine from this summer.