>> Sally Singer's First T Issue to Hit in December —Sally Singer is rounding out her fashion department with a number of former Vogue staffers, who also happen to have famous last names, in true Vogue tradition: Sara Moonves, daughter of CBS chief executive Les Moonves and former assistant to Vogue executive fashion editor Phyllis Posnick, and Vanessa Traina, daughter of Danielle Steel who has assisted Vogue contributing editor Marie Amelie Sauve, have both been hired as freelance fashion editors. Ethel Park, associate fashion editor at Vogue and longtime assistant to Tonne Goodman, is joining T as senior fashion editor on Aug. 30. “They see the link between fashion and the larger question of what’s relevant in our culture,” Singer said of her recruits. “They’re also quite connected with the generation of emerging designers, not only in the States, but abroad, as well.” Singer added that her first issue of T will be the Holiday issue, out Dec. 5. [WWD]
>> It doesn't appear that Sally Singer will be pillaging the ranks of Vogue — or even Conde Nast, for that matter — when it comes to stocking her team at T. She has made her first two hires: Michelle Kessler-Sanders as fashion director and Jacob Brown as features director.
Kessler-Sanders, who replaces Anne Christensen (now executive fashion director at Glamour) and starts in time for New York Fashion Week Sept. 7, was most recently SVP at Donna Karan; before that, she was president of Miu Miu USA, VP and fashion director at Juicy Couture, and accessories director at Vogue, where she and Singer first worked together. Brown, for his part, comes from editing V and VMAN for three and a half years; he succeeds Armand Limnander, who followed Stefano Tonchi to W, and starts in mid-August.
>> Anne Christensen Heading to Glamour? —Two short weeks after resigning from T as fashion director, Anne Christensen is said to be headed to Glamour in the same capacity, replacing Xanthipi Joannides, who left the position last month (Marie Claire's fashion director Nina Garcia and Elle's style director Kate Lanphear were also reportedly vetted for the job). Although Glamour did not confirm the move, Christensen will reportedly start next month. [DFR]
UDPATE: Christensen will be executive fashion director, a newly-created position, at Glamour, effective Aug. 24, and Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive says she plans to "significantly increase" fashion pages in the magazine as a result. [WWD]
>> Although Stefano's Tonchi first full front-to-back issue of W doesn't come out until September, the magazine's August 2010 cover brings a first look at what's to come. Tonchi has brought his taste for featuring lesser-known actors and actresses to W — his first cover features Mad Men's Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall (who costars with Hamm in Ben Affleck's upcoming crime drama The Town), shot by lesser-known photographer Nathaniel Goldberg (the W of yesteryear largely featured cover photos by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Steven Klein, and their ilk).
>> After losing the T editorship — which she at one point thought she was a shoo-in for — to Sally Singer, the magazine's fashion director Anne Christensen has resigned from her post. She wrote to WWD during a break from styling for Vogue China: “I’ve had a great 10 years at the Times and T magazines under 2 creative and smart editors: Amy Spindler and Stefano Tonchi. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done there and particularly proud of the upcoming Fall women’s T that I worked very hard on. Now I’m happy to move on to other adventures. I wish Sally Singer the best of luck. She has inherited a wonderful group of people at T.” As for her future: “I do want to explore other magazine possibilities. I like having magazine as a base — for a stylist, it gives you a real voice, and that’s important. And I have a great freelance career that I will continue, as well.”
>> Sally Singer, who was reportedly a contender for the T editor position back before Stefano Tonchi was chosen to launch the magazine in 2003, took the position yesterday, replacing Tonchi and moving on from Vogue, where she had been since 1999.
The announcement came a month after the New York Times originally expected to name a replacement — a delay which could be attributed to the fact that according to insiders, Singer vacillated between moving to T and staying at Vogue; for a while there, T's fashion director Anne Christensen was said to have thought in the last few that she had bagged the position.
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>> Sally Singer Officially Named Editor of T —Rumors have been swirling for weeks — and many thought Sally Singer wouldn't take a presumed pay cut to move from Vogue's fashion news and features director to become editor of T — but that's just what she did. This morning, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller sent out a memo that Singer, 45, will take over at T on July 5. “We were looking for someone with the imagination and taste to envision the next generation of this extraordinary franchise, and the experience to make it happen . . . As her resume — and her successes at Vogue — will testify, [Singer] has the combination of aesthetic sense and intellectual curiosity suited to a style magazine that wears the name of The New York Times.” [NY Times]
>> The first peeks at Stefano Tonchi's stamp on W will come with the magazine's July issue, and a full redesign is planned for the September issue, but it's the August issue that will provide the first look at a Tonchi-overseen W cover: he's reportedly gone with Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall (costars in Ben Affleck's upcoming crime drama The Town)
It's not unheard of to have a couple cover at W — see Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or, more recently, Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston — but the Hamm-Hall duo is shorter on mass appeal than past W cover choices — an interesting decision for a W that's said to have a more general-interest lifestyle directive under Tonchi. Also interesting: Hall was just featured on the cover of T last August, when Tonchi was editor of that magazine.
Mario Testino photographed Kate Moss in a gold one-piece swimsuit for the June/July cover of Vogue Paris.
Multi-model fall ad campaign rumors are popping up. Loewe is said to have booked Victoria's Secret girls Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio, while Miu Miu will feature Ginta Lapina and Daphne Groenveld.
According to insiders at The New York Times, Anne Christensen will be named editor in chief of T magazine, replacing Stefano Tonchi who is now at W.