More shakeups are happening at British Vogue as today it was announced that longtime fashion director Lucinda Chambers will be leaving her position later this summer.
Though Chambers became the fashion director for the publication in 1992, her time at Vogue goes back much farther than that, to the early 1980s, when she was an assistant to editor Beatrix Miller for three years, before becoming an assistant to Grace Coddington.
In 1985, she joined the then-new British edition of Elle magazine. “I went from being an assistant to being a fashion director,” Chambers told The Telegraph in 2012 of the career move. “That jump was incredible. I didn't feel ready for it but I didn't feel I'd be a failure, either, and Sally [Brampton, the editor-in-chief] was very opinionated. Elle was new so we were making it up as we went along.”
While Chambers' contributions to Vogue have been noteworthy (think of all those amazing Kate Moss covers), her stepping down comes at an exciting time of change for the publication. Earlier this year, current editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman also announced she would be leaving the magazine, and storied fashion and creative director Edward Enninful has been tapped to take over the position in August.
Enninful is a particularly interesting choice to helm British Vogue thanks to his background in more contemporary publications such as i-D. Though Chambers will no doubt be missed, this can also be seen as an opportunity for British Vogue to re-situate its identity in the world of fashion publications. London has long established itself as an offbeat fashion city, with a history of punk attitudes towards design, and with talent that isn’t afraid to send something more avant-garde down the runway. It would be outstanding if British Vogue became a publication that reflected that.
Chambers did not say where she would be going next, but one can expect her to stay in fashion. Though the industry seems to focus on “new blood,” there is always an appreciation for years of experience, and no doubt there are many people who could benefit from her opinions on what is in style.