In the dog-eat-dog world of fashion, no one doles out more judgment than the magazine-editor topdogs. Of course, there's the infamous Vogue pontiff Anna Wintour, who has dodged budget cuts and spending scandals to remain at the helm, but at least one of her counterparts hasn't been so lucky. Just as 2010 comes to an end, so too does the job of a fashion publishing heavyweight. (Or is it heavywaif?) As our sister site Racked National recently reported, Vogue Paris editor-and-chief Carine Roitfeld didn't resign but instead was given the boot by Conde Nast's higher-ups. The rumored cause? Alleged pay-for-play schemes that involved exorbitant fees for her consulting business. But if she was pulling down some big sums on the side, her spare Parisian apartment (above) doesn't show it. Now, now. There's nothing to say she won't get picked up by another clotheshorse rag, but if she does, we say it's time to change up that minimalist decor. New start and all. In the holiday spirit of giving, we give you the homes of three fashion editors who have skirted scandal and yet kept on living in style. Read up, Carine.
While she might not have been on adult fashion's bleeding edge, Atoosa Rubenstein was holding it down for the fashion-forward pubescent set at Seventeen magazine. After a 13-year up-and-down career with Hearst Publishing that included a 23 percent increase in readership and the failure of CosmoGirl, Rubenstein stepped down in 2006 to pursue her own projects. Now, her husband and two-year-old daughter share this stylish NYC loft (above), which was featured in the New York Observer's Fall 2010 OBSERVER HOME magazine. While it's still a minimalist lair, it's got plenty of bold accent colors to liven up the interior. If Roitfeld's feeling down about getting canned, perhaps she should brighten up that steely decor with a couple punches of red.
If Rubenstein and Needleman are a little too new-school for Roitfeld's taste, there's always this fashion legend to fall back on. The late, great Diana Vreeland served as the long-time editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, and she, too, was canned by Conde Nast management back in 1971. Perhaps buoyed by the bright and cheerful "clash chic" of her Park Avenue apartment (above and below), she quickly took a position as a special consultant to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. By the looks of it, minimalism just isn't the ticket to post-pink slip survival.
Roitfeld's Vogue Paris was a stout member of the old guard, but that doesn't mean she couldn't salvage some tips from ex-Domino editor in chief Deborah Needleman. Though new-jack Domino folded in 2009, at least Needleman had a comfortable, homey apartment to lounge in while freshening up her resume (above). And all that polishing seems to have worked: Needleman has recently been named editor-and-chief of WSJ. Magazine, the Wall Street Journal's glossy magazine with an ever-changing publication frequency. And while no one here is suggesting that Needleman was ever a fashion editor, per se, WSJ. Magazine does cover that beat. Let's call it an exile with a new direction.
· Rumor: Was Carine Roitfeld Fired From Vogue? Le Figaro's Fashion Director Virginie Mouzat is Frontrunner for the Job [Racked National]
· This is the Inside of Vogue Paris' Editor Carine Roitfeld's Home [Racked National]
· All Carine Roitfeld coverage [Racked National]
· Atoosa Rubenstein's Flatiron Loft Gets Cover-Worthy Makeover [NYO]
· The New York Observer's Home Special a Veritable Menagerie [Curbed National]
· The Next ‘House & Garden’ [NYMag]
· Deborah Needleman Tapped to Run Journal's Glossy [NYO]
· Allure [HabituallyChic]
· All Diana Vreeland coverage [Racked National]
· Deborah Needleman Thinks Bigger [Curbed National]