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Eva Chen: ‘If You Want to Be a Fashion Editor, Go to Fashion School’

EvaChenTwitterProfilePicHuffPo Style fashion editor Michelle Persad couldn’t have landed a better person to launch the site’s new series “How To Actually Make It In Fashion” than the editor-in-chief of Lucky magazine. Here’s how Eva Chen, who was an undergraduate pre-med student, answers the first question – about whether or not those looking to break into the top tier of fashion editorial should go to J-school:

“You do not need to go to journalism school if you want to work in the fashion industry. I think high schools condition you to think this way: If you want to be a fashion editor, go to fashion school. If you want to be a writer, you should study journalism.”

“I think that the best school in life is experience. I think that practice makes perfect and I can say that even now, as someone who has been writing and editing professionally for about a decade. It has taken me 10 years to solidly define my voice and solidly feel secure in what I am doing, and that is a testament to practice.”

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Condé Nast Insisting They Still Feel Lucky

Per a quick follow-up item from Women’s Wear Daily media editor Alexandra Steigrad, the folks in charge at both Lucky magazine and Condé Nast are aggressively denying a Wednesday Page Six report that the magazine is about to be shelved.

The WWD-obtained notes by Lucky EIC Eva Chen, her publisher and Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend all bang the reassurance drum, hard. Here for example is part of what Chen had to say:

Lucky‘s May issue was up nearly 20 percent and, for February through May, the publication is up two percent in paging, the editor said, explaining that they outpaced the competition, which logged a 6.2 percent decline in May and a 4.2 percent dip in the four-month period. Chen also noted that Lucky is up three percent in subscriptions from December of last year over December 2012.

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Anna Wintour Approved Lucky’s Horrible Kerry Washington Cover

Lucky’s latest cover, featuring the normally flawless Kerry Washington, is terrible. This cannot be debated. Just look at it. Somehow Lucky made Washington look awful, which is such an amazing feat that we’re thinking maybe the staffers deserve an award. However, Eva Chen, Lucky’s editor, wants us all to know that Anna Wintour thought the cover was fine.

“Anna as the artistic director was definitely aware of our cover selection and was very supportive,” Chen told WWD. “Anna always provides me with guidance. As editor-in-chief, it comes down to my decision — and Anna agreed.”

Of course Chen has to say that; she can’t throw Wintour under the bus. But we do have one question: How many, and what variety, of hallucinogens had Wintour consumed prior to approving this cover? We have some high school buddies who would pay top dollar for them.

Lucky Adds Two

Lucky continues to be remade under the guidance of its editor, Eva Chen. According to WWD, Lucky has named Katia Kuethe creative director and Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele as fashion editor-at-large.

Kuethe comes to Lucky from Kate Spade, where she served as senior director of creative. She previously served as creative director for Teen Vogue. She will replace design director Lisa Steinmeyer and that role will be eliminated.

Cerf de Dudzeele will continue to work as a stylist and consultant for brands while at Lucky.

Anna Wintour’s Hand of Death Hovers Over Glamour

Death gaze!

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.

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Eva Chen Discusses Changes at Lucky

Eva Chen, the editor-in-chief of Lucky, has big plans for the magazine now that she’s in charge. Below are some highlights from her interview with Adweek, which we highly recommend.

On her decision to leave the pre-med world behind in favor of magazines:

The summer between junior and senior year of college, before I took the MCATs, I was like, ‘I want a summer off.’ So I applied to 20 internships, including one at Harper’s Bazaar. That was the only one that paid, so I took it. It was difficult to tell my parents that I was no longer pre-med—they were not so happy as first-generation immigrant parents. I still don’t know that they fully understand what I do.

Her goals as editor of Lucky:

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Michael Hastings Dies | Holley Out at Lucky | NYT Blogs Shuttering


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Michael Hastings, Rolling Stone Contributor, Dead at 33
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Michael Hastings, the fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a car accident in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone has learned. He was 33. Hastings’ unvarnished 2010 profile of McChrystal in the pages of Rolling Stone, “The Runaway General,” captured the then-supreme commander of the U.S.-led war effort in Afghanistan openly mocking his civilian commanders in the White House. The maelstrom sparked by its publication concluded with President Obama recalling McChrystal to Washington and the general resigning his post. BuzzFeed We are shocked and devastated by the news that Hastings is gone. He was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians. BuzzFeed / Ben Smith Hastings was really only interested in writing stories someone didn’t want him to write — often his subjects; occasionally his editor. While there is no template for a great reporter, he was one for reasons that were intrinsic to who he was: ambitious, skeptical of power and conventional wisdom, and incredibly brave. And he was warm and honest in a way that left him many unlikely friends among people you’d expect to hate him. Slate / Weigel As one of the journalists who was lucky to know him, first admiring his work as a reader, then thinking “Oh thank God” whenever we reconnected on the 2012 campaign trail, I’m having trouble working through the pathetic injustice of this situation. GalleyCat Hastings was the author of The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan and I Lost My Love in Baghdad. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer “A lot of people in the news business want to seem unafraid,” Rachel Maddow said on her show. “Hastings was actually unafraid. To the point where he radiated a sort of energy that made you realize he was unafraid, and it made you treat him differently than other people in the business.” Read more

Brandon Holley Out at Lucky, Eva Chen Succeeds Her

The Brandon Holley era at Lucky is over. Eva Chen has been named the new editor-in-chief of the magazine, thus officially ending Holley’s three-year run.

Holley was a veteran of Condé Nast. She was a senior editor at GQ from 1998 to 2000 and served as editor-in-chief of Jane, from 2005 to 2007. She came to Lucky in 2010. Holley told Mediabistro that as editor, she wanted to do right by its readers. “I’ve been talking to a lot of women,” she explained. “They love this magazine. So it’s my job just to bring my take to it. It’s not about scrapping it. It’s a really great magazine and women really do love it. And I’m going to bring my angle.”

Holley, according to Condé Nast, is now leaving the company. We’ve reached out to Condé for further comment, and we’ll update when we hear back.

Chen has been serving as a consultant for Lucky, working closely with Anna Wintour. So it’s of little surprise that Wintour was pleased with the move. In a statement, Wintour called Chen “The quintessential Lucky girl.”