“Irrelevant,” bullying, and “crap”: A fired Vogue director lets loose on glossy fashion magazines – Quartz
Lucinda Chambers, the Vogue UK fashion director of 25 years who departed this May, has apparently sounded off on a number of topics in a bracingly candid interview in the niche journal Vestoj. For example, she revealed that she was fired without warning, that pleasing an advertiser was the guiding force on at least one recent cover, and that she finds Vogue largely irrelevant.
The interview itself was reportedly live only briefly before being taken down, but it was long enough that screenshots and a cached version began circulating online. We have reached out to Vogue and Vestoj for comment and will update this story with any reply. Chambers could not be reached for comment.
The former editor’s directness isn’t exactly flattering to all mentioned. “Truth be told, I haven’t read Vogue in years,” she evidently told Vestoj founder and editor-in-chief, Anja Aronowsky Cronberg. “The clothes are just irrelevant for most people—so ridiculously expensive. What magazines want today is the latest, the exclusive. It’s a shame that magazines have lost the authority they once had. They’ve stopped being useful. In fashion we are always trying to make people buy something they don’t need. We don’t need any more bags, shirts or shoes. So we cajole, bully or encourage people into continue buying.”
She also admits that not every shoot she worked on was a success, pointing to June’s cover featuring writer and model Alexa Chung in a Michael Kors shirt. She calls it “crap,” but says, “He’s a big advertiser so I knew why I had to do it.”
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Other topics Chambers offers thoughts on include what she sees as the mismanagement of Italian fashion label Marni, and how far you can get in fashion just by being confident and looking the part.
Chambers didn’t appear to bear any ill will toward her longtime employer when she left. “I adore British Vogue and am so very proud to have been a part of it for so long,” she was quoted as saying.