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2010 July 14

Anne Christensen Heads to Condé Nast

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(NEW YORK) Surely you didn't think Anne Christensen would remain a free agent for long? It appears that the former T trouper has been tapped as the new fashion director at women's service bible Glamour, replacing Xanthipi Joannides, who retired from full-time mag duty in June after three decades of service at Condé Nast. Glamour did not respond to The Daily's request for comment.

According to reports, Glamour EIC Cindi Leive cast a very wide net to fill this position, interviewing everyone from Nina Garcia to Elle's Kate Lanphear. But according to rumors, the Garcia idea was not a "good fit," and that Marie Claire contract is still firmly in place. Christensen’s serendipitous resignation from the New York Times was well-timed with Leive’s quest to find a candidate with sufficient fashion cred and a willingness to shoot on a variety of body types (i.e., not just Abbey Lees and Natasha Polys.) And another bonus: Christensen knows how to charm those advertisers and marvel at the workmanship of mass-market merch. Surely she's ready for a salary upgrade?

So come August, Christensen will find herself ensconced in a glassy office at 4 Times Square not entirely unlike the one vacated by Sally Singer, who snatched up the T EIC gig that Christensen so ardently petitioned for. And indulge us for a moment: In Paris, the only Glamour editor allowed to hole up at the Ritz is Leive. During her tenure at the Times, Christensen was a loyalist of the place. Surely she won't be forced to endure Le Meurice?

UPDATE Glamour EIC Cindi Leive announced Christensen’s appointment to the staff this afternoon. She’ll be executive fashion director (a newly created title) at the magazine effective August 24. “Everyone in the office is doing cartwheels from happiness,” Leive told the Daily. “When I started my search for someone to fill the title I was hoping to find an individual with an incredible amount energy and creativity. I was always a fan of Anne’s and was instantly impressed with her ideas. It’s really just about new thinking for this particular job."

And that includes amplifying fashion coverage in the magazine. “We’re really looking to increase our fashion pages, work with a new group of photographers to complement our existing amazing names, and just wrench it up a little as they say in Spinal Tap,” added the editor. “Anne is bringing her great relationships to the table and we’re just excited to have someone here who’s a great promoter and lover of fashion who’ll have fun with Glamour's extended fashion coverage.”

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