Anna Wintour could be departing after 30 years

Anna Wintour could be departing after 30 years
Milan/Italy - Feb 23 2017: Anna Wintour arrives at Fendi fashion show during Milan Women's Fashion Week. Photo: Tinx, Bigstock

There are plenty of rumours circling that iconic Vogue editor Anna Wintour could be on her way out of the company after 30 years in the job.

The publishing and fashion worlds are almost in disbelief at hearing the rumours. It is hard to imagine a world without the influential Anna Wintour as Editor in Chief at Vogue having held the role since 1988. However, the US publishing industry has insisted that it may well be true.

The rumours are expecting Anna Wintour to leave the role in July following the wedding of Bee Schaffer, her daughter, to the son of former Italian Editor in Chief at Vogue Franca Sozzanni, Francesco Carrozzini.

The timing of the supposed move would be a just departure for the successful editor as she would leave following the close of the important September issue of Vogue.

However, a representative for Conde Nast has quickly denied these claims stating that they “emphatically deny these rumours”. They did, though, fail to comment further on the matter in relation to Anna Wintour and her plans for the future.

The New York Post is reporting that Edward Enninful, Editor at Vogue UK, is the most likely replacement for Anna Wintour. However, there is no obvious replacement for Wintour as the artistic director of Conde Nast – a role she achieved in 2013 to oversee the work of all Conde magazines.

Much of the rumours surround the recent death of former Conde chairman Si Newhouse who was a long-time advocate of Wintour. The presumed successor, Jonathon Newhouse, is said to not be as much of a supporter of Anna Wintour and prefers Vogue UK’s editor instead.

There is currently a lengthy review process being undertaken at Conde regarding the company’s financials. Officials insist that this is a regular process that happens every year but many in the publishing and media industry are not convinced.

Conde Nast has struggled throughout the industry shift with a reduction in print editions and a move to more digital versions and alternatives. Conde has already shit down the physical copies of Teen Vogue, Details and Self whilst their attempt to compete online through Style.com has been a constant battle. It is said that the organisation is in yearly debt of approximately US$100million.

The rumours of Wintour’s departure are backed by a trend that has emerged under Conde Titles with Graydon Carter (Vanity Fair), Cindi Leive (Glamour) and Linda Wells (Allure) who each held their role for over a decade have all been replaced over the last few years.

It is expected that regardless of the events that play out, the well-connected Anna Wintour will find herself a new role with London looking likely as she pursues a more ambassadorial role.