Sally Singer Done at T
Sally Singer’s relatively short stint as editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine will abruptly come to an end Friday. In a memo to the staff, Times executive editor Jill Abramson said: “I’m sorry to announce that Sally Singer will be leaving T magazine and the Times at the end of this month. Sally’s contributions are clear to anyone who’s read the magazine during her tenure. Gorgeous visuals, interesting stories and enterprising features — both in print and online — have been hallmarks of her stewardship. We wish her every success.”
While some sources said Singer was asked to step down, others claim she chose to leave. Regardless, the shift may simply have come too late for everyone involved. Singer may have had enough of the back and forth on her editorial direction and budget issues, and Times executives just wanted a magazine that could make money without the hassle of getting involved in arguments over art direction. Then there were her well-known clashes with Hugo Lindgren, editor of The New York Times Magazine. Singer was said to have angled to take over the magazine as well as T, while Lindgren reportedly wanted fashion to be folded back into the Sunday magazine to boost its ad pages. Asked for further comment at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Abramson declined to elaborate. Singer could not be reached for comment.
Vionnet Collab Halted… Again
Despite a relatively robust performance at retail stores such as Barneys New York and Net-A-Porter, the relaunch of Vionnet hit yet another roadblock. On Tuesday, Vionnet issued a statement that creative directors Barbara and Lucia Croce “have, currently, interrupted their collaboration.” The Spring 2013 collection will be completed by an in-house design team and will be shown in Paris on September 28 as previously scheduled.
Vionnet, which was founded in Paris in 1912 by the Madeleine Vionnet but closed down during World War II, was relanched in 2006 under the ownership of Arnaud de Lummen. Twenty years prior, De Lummen’s father bought the rights to Vionnet but waited until De Lummen was an ambitious Harvard-trained lawyer to become ceo. Sophia Kokosalaki, a Greek designer who was most recently the creative director at Diesel, was Vionnet’s creative director from 2006 to 2007. She was replaced by Marc Audibet, who joined in May 2007 after having held previous positions at Ferragamo, Trussardi, Hermes and Prada. The Croce sisters’ predecessor, Rodolfo Paglialunga, designed 10 collections for Vionnet before leaving to pursue “other personal and professional paths”.
Fashion GPS & Style.com Unite
Fashion GPS has signed a new partnership with Style.com and is launching French and Italian versions of its anchor Fashion GPS Radar mobile platform this fall. The company also plans to open an office in Los Angeles by yearend, an office in Milan in 2013 and expand an existing office in Paris.
The multipronged growth initiatives will be funded by Fashion GPS’s first Series A round of financing, which kicks off this week. The Style.com deal will have the Web site’s fashion week slideshows integrated into Fashion GPS Radar, which is a tool for brands and industry professionals to digitally manage their show and event invitations, during fashion weeks as well as throughout the year. At the spring 2013 shows next month, the home page of the Radar app will be co-branded as “Fashion GPS in collaboration with Style.com.”
Some details of the agreement have yet to be ironed out, but the aim is to incorporate Style.com’s fashion show images into Radar, which is accessible on smartphones and computers. Once a runway show or presentation is complete, the images from the show would be available for review by Radar users, who can share favorite looks via a variety of social media networks like Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest.
– Taneisha Jordan
Sources: Fashion Week Daily, WWD