Anna Wintour could be on her way out. According to what the New York Post calls “a host of stunned sources,” Wintour, who first took the reins of the world’s most famous fashion publication in 1988, is said to be readying to leave her role as Vogue’s editor-in-chief and Condé Nast’s artistic director this summer. The move will “allow Wintour, 68 — who has for three decades been fashion’s ultimate power broker — to step aside on a high after closing Vogue’s all-important September issue.” Her rumored replacement at Vogue come July? British Vogue’s Edward Enninful.
There has not been any speculation as to who would take the artistic director title that she nabbed in 2013, a role in which she oversees Condé Nast’s entire stable of magazines. However, spokesmen for both Vogue and Condé Nast have strongly shut down the reports, saying, “We emphatically deny these rumors,” but declined to comment more specifically on Wintour’s plans.
Although, Page Six declares that “there’s even buzz that Wintour’s exit interview has already been arranged and granted to the New York Times.”
As noted by the Hollywood Reporter, the reports “come amid a new era in publishing in which several Conde Nast print editions have closed and longtime editors-on-chief have been replaced. Radhika Jones recently took over from legendary editor Graydon Carter at Vanity Fair, while Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive was replaced by CNN editor Samantha Barry, a digital veteran.” And before that, Linda Wells was ousted from Allure in 2015 after 14 years and replaced by Michelle Lee.