Ever since Anna Wintour was named artistic director of Condé Nast, her power and influence have grown. As we’ve mentioned, that has meant bad things for Condé editors who aren’t up to snuff. The New York Times reports that Wintour’s death gaze has now turn to Glamour, which means Cindi Leive, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, had better look alive. While she can.
Recently Wintour signed off on the firing of Klara Glowczewska (the longtime editor of Condé Nast Traveler) and Brandon Holley (the editor of Lucky). Pilar Guzmán and Eva Chen — their replacements, respectively — were Wintour endorsed. With that done, Wintour’s icy hand of death has started flipping the pages of Glamour:
Now Ms. Wintour is turning her attention to Glamour, which has lost over 28 percent of its newsstand sales in the year ending in June, and perhaps other magazines as well. According to a magazine executive at a competing company with direct knowledge of the discussions, a creative director at his company was approached about working in a similar role for Glamour, and told that the post would report to Ms. Wintour, not Cindi Leive, the magazine’s editor. (Mr. Townsend acknowledged the discussions, but said the reporting line detail was “dead wrong.”)
Of course Wintour maintains that editors shouldn’t feel like her presence means they should update their wills.
“These are very early days, and I don’t want to say anything that would take the focus off the magazines and their editors, whom I hold in very high regard,” she told the Times.
That should make Leive feel completely at ease. Right?