Astley nabbed Jane Keltner de Valle, the fashion news director from sister publication, Glamour, as AD’s style director. Keltner de Valle will start her new gig on Sept. 6. A spokeswoman for Glamour said it is working to fill the editor’s job.
At AD, Keltner de Valle will oversee the style portion of the front-of-book section, develop and write features for the magazine, and produce style and design-related web content. Her reunion with Astley marks a sort of homecoming. She left Teen Vogue, the magazine Astley helmed, in 2014 after a 10-year career there. At the time, Keltner de Valle’s departure was part of a broader budget cut at the magazine, and parent company, as a whole. The slimming down of Teen Vogue has since continued with the business side folding into Vogue, and Astley moving on to AD. Astley replaced then editor in chief Margaret Russell, who was let go in May.
Meanwhile, Glamour is experiencing some reshuffling of its own. In late July, the women’s glossy cut several positions, as it continues to work to integrate print and digital. Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive told staffers that the reorganization was meant to “streamline the brand through a more forward-thinking structure” that would aim to bridge its print and digital content. On the business side, the changes signified a continued combination of Self and Glamour, an endeavor which took root last year. Condé Nast chief executive officer Bob Sauerberg began laying down the ground work to underscore the importance of Glamour’s transition to staffers last August at an annual editorial meeting.
Sources have told WWD that Condé Nast will continue to combine jobs in an effort to cut costs as the company continues to evolve its digital business, while also dealing with a struggling print advertising environment.