PARIS — Godfrey Deeny has left French daily newspaper Le Figaro, where he has served as fashion editor and special correspondent since December 2012. Deeny is to join the multilingual web site Fashion Network as its first international editor in chief, effective March 1.
Deeny is a veteran fashion critic and writer who has previously served as editor in chief of Vogue Hommes and Paris bureau chief of Women’s Wear Daily and W magazine.
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At Le Figaro, Deeny was conscripted to bring a more international dimension to the paper’s fashion coverage — both through his anglophone perspective (he is Irish) and his extensive travels on behalf of the newspaper, which included more than 70 reporting trips. Deeny also included figures from the industry in back-page interviews and other features outside the fashion pages. “I wanted to show that these fashion leaders have an intellectual side,” Deeny said.
“It’s been four very enriching years for Le Figaro with Godfrey, and always very convivial,” said the newspaper’s deputy director Anne-Sophie von Claer.
In the wake of Deeny’s departure, deputy editor Hélène Guillaume has taken leadership of Le Figaro’s fashion and beauty coverage, effective Feb. 1, supported by section heads Frédéric Martin-Bernard for fashion and Emilie Veyretout for beauty. Reporters Emilie Faure and Valérie Guédon will also contribute to the section. “We’ve had to reorganize around a more restricted team,” von Claer said.
At Fashion Network, Deeny is to work with the web site’s founder Jean-Philippe Boudy, whom he describes as a “dynamic and able entrepreneur.
“I’ll still write reviews of shows, ” said Deeny. “But I’ll also be developing new content and trying to help take the company to a new level.”