There was a time, in the pre-Google image search, pre-brand ambassador era, when the editor’s letter could easily be the only time readers saw an editor in chief’s face. These days, the editor’s letter is a little like a yearbook in a Facebook world — or like a monthly magazine’s celebrity cover in a paparazzi world — but the space still offers an editor the chance to present her- or himself as she or he would like to be seen. (The interventions of good lighting and major photographers with all their modern tools aren’t always used, but cannot be discounted.) September issues landed with a new crop of editors’ photos, back-to-school-style, so WWD took a look at the befores and afters.
JAY FIELDEN Editor in chief, Men’s Vogue Photographer before: Arthur Elgort Photographer after: Ben Hoffmann Before: boyish, approachable. After: somber, elbow-patched. On-brand bonus: grooming credit from Kérastase, makeup credit from La Mer. From the editor: A spokeswoman for the magazine said Fielden’s last photo was about four years old, and that he had finally found time to schedule a shoot. As for the makeup credit, the spokeswoman said it referred to skin care products, not eyeliner or mascara. The metrosexual lives.
CINDI LEIVE Editor in chief, Glamour Photographer before: Norman Jean Roy Photographer after: Matthias Vriens Girl-next-door yearbook photo gives way to a more sophisticated look and an Orlando Pita haircut. Both photos credit hair and makeup, but the new photo amps it up with a Prada fashion shout-out. What, no fragrance credit? From the editor: “Since it’d been 872 years since my last haircut, I figured it was worth a new photo.” CHARLA LAWHON Managing editor, In Style Photographer before: Wolfgang Ludes Photographer after: Stewart Shining An open smile and wind-blown hair has given way to a side lean and a cropped cut. The new photo also has a more measured smile, darker colors and a slightly confrontational arm-fold. The photo came with the recently unveiled redesign of In Style — will readers respond? From the editor: “Long hair? What was I thinking?” DAVID WILLEY Editor in chief, Runners’ World Photographer before: Robert Lewis Photographer after: Grant Delin He hasn’t lost the wholesome outdoors background, but the newest photo shows a less boyish and more chiseled face. Blame it on the American Society of Magazine Editors presidency. From the editor: “I don’t think the new one is all that different, although I guess I look a little older and a little more tired. A couple more marathons and late-night closes under my belt.…The idea is to reinforce that I, and we, are like them — we’re part of the community. And I think it does that. Also fun, in a corny, we-live-outside-the-media-bubble way: My kids like to grab the issue off newsstands, open to my ed letter, and hold it up and say, ‘Daddy!’”
JIM NELSON Editor in chief, GQ Photographer before: Terry Richardson Photographer after: Nathaniel Goldberg Nelson traded Richardson’s stark aesthetic and a casual, no-tie look for a tighter close-up, more flattering light and more formal attire. From hipster to squinty glamour shot. From the editor: “For a while I changed my photo often, because I didn’t want to be one of those fossilized editors whose photos you look at and think ‘He hasn’t looked like that since 1982.’ Then I got tired of changing it all the time. And I liked the Terry Richardson photo I had.…I always think September is the beginning of the magazine New Year, so it’s a good time to change.” As for grooming and makeup, “Whenever I wear makeup, I look like Wink Martindale.”
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty