The hot tea that Lucinda Chambers, ex-British Vogue Fashion Director and general style powerhouse spilled this week – where she roasted the publication for advertiser-led cover shoots and saltily claimed she hadn’t read the publication “in years”, is in the process of being cleaned up by Vogue’s parent company Condé Nast.
“Oh I know [my shoots] weren’t all good – some were crappy. The June cover with Alexa Chung in a stupid Michael Kors T-shirt is crap. He’s a big advertiser so I knew why I had to do it. I knew it was cheesy when I was doing it, and I did it anyway.”
British Vogue did post a lengthy Instagram pic of Lucinda back when she left, that gives glowing praise to the long-time Fashion Director. But now that the Vestjo piece is out, what seemed like an amicable farewell has turned into some major drama for Vogue and Condé Nast.
Lucinda Chambers is to step down from her position as fashion director of British Vogue. She will depart this summer after a career spanning 36 years at the publication. “Lucinda has been the most wonderful creative collaborator, as well as friend, throughout my whole editorship,” said Alexandra Shulman today. “She has produced many of the most influential and inspiring fashion shoots in the world during her time as fashion director of this magazine as well as a huge number of our most remarkable covers. It is impossible to overstate her vision, commitment, imagination and her ability to bring the best out of teams that work with her.” Read more via the link in bio. Photograph by @garconjon for @britishvogue
“It’s usual for an incoming editor to make some changes to the team. Any changes made are done with the full knowledge of senior management.” Conde Nast’s statement emphasises.
Whatever the truth is, it sure is some spicy gossip for anyone with a remote interest in the fashion world. This is like IRL Devil Wears Prada shit mates.