The Great Fashion Editor Exodus

Where, oh where, are the fashion editors going? After my defense of print magazines earlier in the year, I was shocked to witness the resignation of multiple major print editors leaving their publications this past month. One of the biggest hits to my print-loving ego: the exit of Cindi Leive at Glamour Magazine.

Glamour Magazine has long been one of my favorites. I have always felt connected to their voice and mission more than any other magazine (before InStyle rocked my world with the entrance of Laura Brown as EIC). Glamour has stood for women, their rights, their troubles and their potential over the course of Cindi Leive’s tenure and in some ways, it has helped shape who I am today. Cindi Leive will truly be missed by both myself and countless other readers of Glamour Magazine. I can only hope that it continues in the direction that Leive set forth.

Another surprise in the print world? Robbie Myers left Elle Magazine and will be replaced by another well-known fashion editor Nina Garcia, a judge on Project Runway and the current Creative Director of Marie Claire. Although Nina is completely capable of this helming the iconic magazine, Robbie has left a major legacy at Elle. I’m looking forward to watching the evolution of Elle under Garcia’s well-manicured hands!

So… where are they going?

This is the major question. The answer can be drastically different depending on the fashion editor, but I have a few hunches! Philanthropy? Larger, digital opportunities like Eva Chen to Instagram? What does this mean for the future of print?

Cindi Leive has a penchant for supporting women, as evidenced by the direction of Glamour Magazine over the past decade. I could see her starting her own nonprofit that would benefit women’s equality and global wellbeing. She has been quoted as saying she won’t move on to another media company so this seems like a logical next step.

I don’t have as much insight for Robbie Myers. In the past, when a fashion editor has left a publication, they would either move to another publication or another digital opportunity. For example, when Eva Chen left Lucky, she moved on to a position with Instagram. Myers might take a similar path in this respect by moving on to a C-level position at another burgeoning company.

Another question we might consider: what does this mean for the future of print? If fashion editors are leaving the industry in droves, how long can it survive? Is Anna Wintour next?!

I don’t think there’s a reason to panic – yet. Although both Leive and Myers were fixtures at two iconic publications, there are talented, willing junior editors who will step up to fill the void. These moments are a time for the new guard to step up and make their mark. In fact, injecting new blood into the top tiers of legendary publications could spur a turnaround in the print industry. Perhaps, these new faces will have the breakthrough needed to make print relevant again. We can only hope!

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