In addition to the extensive list of creative directors rumored to be switching houses, Natalie Massenet, founder of fashion e-commerce giant, Net-A-Porter, is firmly situated in the mix of potential new job holders. Massenet, who abruptly left Net-A-Porter last September, in the midst of the company's merger with Yoox, is reportedly in talks to join the ranks at Vogue. Speculation – which began to surface last year – has increased since Vogue’s longtime creative director, Grace Coddington, stepped down last month in order to pursue side projects.
Last week, the New York Post reported talks within Vogue about American-born, London-based Massenet, who currently still serves as the chairman of the British Fashion Council, may take the place of Coddington. However, other rumors suspect that Wintour, 66, who has headed up Vogue since the late 1980’s, may be departing in the relatively near future. Furthermore, still other industry chatter anticipates that larger shakeup of Vogue staffers now that Coddington has gotten the ball rolling, so to speak.
A regime change would certainly be exciting to witness!