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When I first met Joanna Coles, the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, she was not a fashion plate, no less a fashion editor. She was a British hack, writing from New York for the Guardian and then for the Times of London. In 2001, we became colleagues at New York magazine. It would be hard to find a more ideal New York magazine editor, with her heightened gossip radar, cutting sense of social detail, and fine attention to who’s up and who’s down.
So it was confounding to me when, in 2004, she went to be the No.