Robbie Myers skipped the Tuesday Fashion Week shows after parent Hearst revealed that Nina Garcia, the Marie Claire creative director, will be her replacement as the editor-in-chief of Elle.
Speculation now turns to whom Garcia will surround herself with at the top of the Elle masthead â and who will be heading to the exit.
Both titles are owned by Hearst.
One person on the hot seat has to be Elle Creative Director Ruba Abu-Nimah, who was only installed in the job by Myers in May.
The Myers-to-Garcia change was swift.
Myers last day will be Friday. Garcia will start the new job on Monday â which suggests the change was long in the works even if Elle staffers and many in the fashion world were surprised.
Garcia, 50, had worked for Myers at one point as creative director of Elle from 2000 to 2008 â when the title was owned by Hachette Filipacchi.
Hearst hired Garcia away from Hachette in 2008 to be the fashion director of Marie Claire.
Garcia was then promoted to Marie Claire creative director in 2012 and, thanks to her role as a judge on the cable hit âProject Runway,â generated huge buzz and a social media following.
Hearst eventually bought most of Hachetteâs assets, including Elle, for $1 billion in 2011.
And just like that, Myers found herself working for Hearst.
The Myers-to-Garcia move appears to strengthen the hand of Joanna Coles, who last year was named Hearstâs chief content officer. Myers had reported to Hearst Magazines President David Carey.
Garcia will report to Coles.