Condé Nast International’s chairman and chief executive officer Jonathan Newhouse revealed the appointment — which was first reported by WWD on Thursday night — in a letter to staff released Friday morning. The appointment is effective immediately.
“Emanuele, who has been at the helm of eight different publications in his career, is currently one of the most expert, admired and talented editors-in-chief we have in Italy,” said Newhouse. “He is considered a real ‘magazine maker’ able to bring novelties, fresh layouts and high quality to each title he directed.”
Born in 1974, Farneti started his career in the TV business and joined Condé Nast in 1999 as part of the team that launched the Italian version of men’s title GQ. After exiting the title and serving in various roles at several Italian publications — including La Gazzetta dello Sport, men’s magazines Sportweek, Men’s Health, Flair and Icon, which he launched — Farneti returned to Condé Nast in 2014 as editor in chief of interior design magazine AD. In December 2015, he was named sic of GQ, a position that is now vacant following today’s announcement.
“As we all know, Emanuele succeeds the extraordinary Franca Sozzani, whose geniality made Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue points of reference worldwide in terms of fashion and photography,” Newhouse said. “Franca was a one and only. However, Franca herself recognized that Vogue stands for itself despite the creativity of each individual. She knew and respected Emanuele and I think she would have approved.”
Sources say that Condé Nast is looking for a new fashion director with an international profile for Vogue Italia; the person would be asked to work closely with Farneti. Current Vogue Italia vice director Ariela Goggi is expected to retire soon.