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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.”

Lucky Cuts Publishing Frequency

Another Friday, another Condé Nast magazine sees its publishing frequency decline. According to WWD, Lucky is going from 12 issues to 10, beginning with its December issue, which will be combined with January. June and July will also be combined.

Last Friday W took a similar route, dropping to 10 issues from a monthly.

Fingers crossed that next Friday is publishing cut back free.

Lucky is Sorry for Making Britney Spears Look Terrible

Hell hath no fury like a Britney Spears fan scorned. If the editors of Lucky magazine didn’t know this already, they do now. Fans of the pop star directed their outrage at the magazine for its December cover, which features a seriously plastic-looking Spears donning a wig.

On Twitter, Spears enthusiasts blasted Lucky for the photo, calling it “horrendous” and “lazy & unprofessional.” One fan even asked the magazine to do another shoot with the real Spears.

The backlash was so excessive, Lucky issued the following apology:

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Lucky and Architectural Digest Launch iPad Editions

Lucky and Architectural Digest have finally come to the iPad. As of now, the only Condé titles not on the iPad are Details, W and Teen VogueWWD reports that the move to the iPad is especially important for Lucky, as ad pages are down 20 percent through September.

One of Lucky’s biggest lures on the iPad is giving users the ability to click on any single product and be directed to the designer’s site so they can purchase it. Brandon Holley, editor-in-chief of Lucky, told WWD that the app is, “The most shoppable digital edition of any magazine.” She’s surely not being biased.

Both Lucky and AD’s iPad apps are free for print subscribers. Single issues, monthly and yearly app subscriptions are also available.

Brandon Holley Calls Fashion Blogging ‘Most Exciting Thing to Happen in Publishing in Decades’

They say if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em… or, do one better and let ‘em eat off your plate. That’s Lucky editor-in-chief Brandon Holley‘s approach to the Web.

In the second installment of our Media Beat interview, Holley, who once headed Yahoo! Shine, said she realized pretty early that the days of finding new readers “on the back of a CVS newsstand somewhere” are over.

“Fashion blogging, to me, is the most exciting thing that’s happened in publishing in decades. It’s really created a new tier of content, and you can either separate yourself from that content or you can bring it in,” she explained. “One way that we bring it in is we have a desk where bloggers can come in and sit — they’re called our Lucky Style Collective — they contribute content to the magazine; they contribute certainly online. So, it’s a sharing of pockets of audience.”

Part 1: Lucky EIC Brandon Holley on Getting a Magazine Job
Part 3: Lucky’s Brandon Holley Talks Photoshop and Fashion

Lucky EIC Brandon Holley on Getting a Magazine Job

Brandon Holley held editor positions at Time Out and GQ, helped launch Elle Girl and headed Yahoo! Shine before taking the helm at Lucky in 2011. And, she says, if you want to snag a top spot on a magazine masthead, you need to be a vocal and proactive voice for the brand.

“I think people make a mistake when they wanna climb the masthead, and they assume the editor-in-chief should pay attention to them. And, now that I’m on the other side of the desk, I love people who come to me,” Holley said in our Media Beat interview.

Holley explained that she made a name for herself at GQ by giving “steady input without being annoying” to editor-in-chief Art Cooper. “I wasn’t kissing ass, but I would write memos to him and say, ‘I think this section could use this,’ and ‘I think we should start a new section that’s this’… I’m a huge fan of memo writing.”

The EIC also debunked that rumor about Lucky going all-digital or scaling back its print frequency. “That was a weird misunderstanding of our mission,” she said.

Part 2: Brandon Holley Calls Fashion Blogging ‘Most Exciting Thing to Happen in Publishing in Decades’
Part 3: Lucky’s Brandon Holley Talks Photoshop and Fashion

Trouble at Lucky

According to The New York Post, Lucky magazine is teetering on the edge of a big time scale back. As ad pages continue to drop — they were down 17 percent for the first half of this year and down nine percent in 2011 — rumors are spreading that Lucky might go all digital, or at the very least, cut back to a quarterly publication.

A source told the Post that if Lucky’s luck (sorry) doesn’t pick up with the next few issues, things will definitely be changing.

A spokesperson for the magazine — of course — said the rumors were just that.

Lauren Conrad to Edit Lucky’s Tumblr Next Week

For those of you who care about actors who aren’t really actors and writers who aren’t really writers, we have great news for you: Lauren Conrad will be guest editing Lucky’s Tumblr next week.

Conrad – the magazine’s latest cover girl – will be engaging readers on a variety of subjects that all have to do with her:

Be sure to ask her some questions about anything you like—her new blog and online community, LaurenConrad.com, her beauty site, Paper Crown or anything else that comes to mind.

Sounds fab!

If there’s anyone who doesn’t know who Lauren Conrad is, consider yourself, well, lucky.

Lucky Kids Magazine Debuts Tomorrow

Because you can never get kids hooked on material goods early enough, tomorrow, Lucky Kids magazine – a spin off of Lucky – hits newsstands everywhere. The magazine, which targets moms with kids ages zero (every fetus needs a Marc Jacobs bag) to 12 years-old, will also be found in the April issue of Lucky.

Amy Wicks at WWD says that the content of Lucky Kids is centered on shopping, with features on where parents can find clothes from designers that also have a kids line. Brandon Holley, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky, adds, “The goal with this first issue is to offer up stylish, inspired ideas that make a mom’s day easier, simpler and a little bit cuter.”

Brandon Holley and Lucky

Today the New York Times takes a look at Brandon Holley, the relatively new Editor-in-Chief at Lucky, and the challenge she has of revamping the magazine.

Holly says that her main obstacle is trying to keep what is good about the magazine (the lack of pretentiousness) while adding something that will lure more readers and advertisers (less models dressed like homeless people).

The web presence of Lucky is also being marked for an upgrade by Holley. The Lucky Style Collective, a blog network that will have tie-ins to the magazine, is her brainchild.

She also notes that the magazine will now feature a wider range of products, explaining, “I think we should show the full scope of what’s out there and allow the reader to decide whether she buys a $4,000 Prada bag.”

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