Its musical chairs as the Australian fashion publishing industry goes through its first major change since, well in a long time. It was revealed earlier today that Kirstie Clements, editor of Vogue Australia has left her position as Editor in Chief with Edwina McCann, the editor of Australian Harper’s Bazaar taking over.
The news broke over a two hour span, with the news breaking first on the News Limited owned The Australian (who also publishes Vogue Australia) before an official announcement was made announcing McCann as the new editor in chief of Vogue Australia commencing early July 2012.
“I started my career at Vogue and I am very excited about returning to work for the world’s most powerful fashion media brand,” McCann said in a release. “The opportunities for this formidable brand online and in a social media landscape are endless and our future is very bright indeed.”
The news came as a shock to many on twitter with many saying it was a “shock” axing with many questioning what she will do next after spending 13 years at Vogue Australia. Fans of Clements can still follow her antics via Twitter.
However the news has not come as such a shock for those in-the-know within the Australian publishing industry as as one of our sources tells us that another former magazine editor spoke about her knowledge of the axing, weeks before it happened.
The news has put the fashion industry into a tailspin and this new axing at Vogue comes off the heels of the redundancy of the pink-haired Meg Gray, Vogue’s former Fashion Editor just weeks before Australian Fashion Week kicked off on April 30th.
No word from the publisher of Harper’s Bazaar Australia, ACP Magazines, as to who is set to replace McCann at the helm of the fashion title. But no heir apparent seems to be waiting in the wings. Names being bandied around include the likes of Eugenie Kelly, Kellie Hush, Justine Cullen, Glynis Traill Nash and Georgie McCourt.