Big hair with even bigger news as the inimitable Suzy Menkes announces she is changing publications. After almost 2 million words and an era defining 25 years as Style Editor at the The International New York Times (formerly International Herald Tribune), the infamous fashion journalist has been appointed as international editor for Vogue. Her new role will see her becoming an active presence as a reporter and critic for all of its international sites outside of the U.S.
British-based Menkes will also be able to remain in London whilst working for the Condé Nast publication, covering 19 markets including Britain, France, Italy, China, Russia and Japan.
This marks a true change for the industry as Menkes has been a front row mainstay for the INYT for a quarter of a century, but there looks to be exciting prospects on the horizon with Vogue, particularly for such a revered fashion figure head.
In a statement today, Menkes remarked that "change is good, it's what fashion is all about." Alongside her continuation of online writing, she will also be heading up a new annual luxury goods conference with Condé Nast International.
British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman is certainly excited about the news saying on Vogue.com that “her experience is invaluable and I have always admired her."
Whilst her start date for her job is unconfirmed, Menkes has already noted her gratitude to the newspaper she is leaving: "I am grateful to have spent 25 years at the International Herald Tribune — a newspaper where I had unstinting support in being able to express myself freely and honestly. I feel this is the perfect time to embrace a new challenge in the digital age."