This May, Lucinda Chambers, British Vogue‘s fashion director of 36 years, announced that she was stepping down from her role. In reality, however, she was fired by the new Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful.
Chambers recounts the story as an ambush. When describing the way in which she was fired, she says, “It took them three minutes to do it. No one in the building knew it was going to happen”. She added, “no one knew, except the man who did it — the new editor.”
As the director, Chambers admits that she had not read Vogue in years. “Maybe I was too close to it after working there for so long, but I never felt I led a Vogue-y kind of life,” she said. “The clothes are just irrelevant for most people — so ridiculously expensive.”
Furthermore, Chambers started to lose faith in the innovation and creativity at vogue. In fact, she refers to some of her work as “really crappy”. For example, the June cover with Alexa Chung “in a stupid Michael Kors T-shirt is crap”, she admitted. Due to Michael Kors’ strong advertising edge, however, she was compelled to run the cover. “I knew it was cheesy when I was doing it, and I did it anyway,” Chambers stated.
She further added that “Fashion moves like a shoal of fish; it’s cyclical and reactionary. Nobody can stay relevant for a lifetime — you always have peaks and troughs.”
This just goes to show that corporate ethics and valuing employees is rewarding in the short-run and in the long-run.
For Chamber’s full interview, please visit Vestoj.
Information and quotes accredited to Hollywood Reporter.