Being in the fashion industry is like playing a grand, stylish version of musical chairs. But this month it seems that there are more and more people coming and going from publications than usual. This morning, Fashionista reported that Teen Vogue just let go two major members of its staff: Accessories Director Sheena Smith and Senior Fashion Market Editor, Mary Kate Steinmiller, who has been with the magazine for a decade.
Another major fashion person out of a job: André Leon Talley. WWD says that the Zappos Couture editor will no longer be working for the site, as Zappos declined to renew his one-year contract. The shoe e-tailer originally brought ALT on board to bolster its fashion cred and drive traffic as well as sales, but apparently, ALT’s presence did little to help. Tomorrow is allegedly his last day under contract. Luckily for Talley, he’s got other projects he’s working on. “I needed this much-valued freedom to explore new and exciting opportunities, and I am glad to be in talks with an exciting new venture, for my life, which I hope to be able to expand upon very soon.”
Also going through major changes is Time, Inc. – InStyle magazine to be exact. Word on the street is that the ladymag has laid off four top editors, a photo editor, social media editor and art director. WWD says that the layoffs were done in order to make way for five new staff positions the magazine is hiring for. This morning, a rep for InStyle confirmed to us that the magazine is looking to “accelerate the integration of print and digital,” which is why so many people were let go. Of course, they could not disclose exactly who was laid off, but we’re sure time will tell once more details surface.