LONDON — A changing of the guard in some of London’s most high-profile industry power houses has shuffled the hierarchy. Here is a who’s who of 2017’s movers and shakers — and why they matter.
JOB: Editor in chief, British Vogue. One of the most respected, and connected stylists in the business, Mr. Enninful became the fashion director of i-D magazine at only 18. In April he was hired to replace Alexandra Shulman at Vogue, and he officially started in the top job Aug. 1.
WHY HE MATTERS: Mr. Enninful, an image maker rather than a wordsmith, is the first man to edit British Vogue since its founding in 1916, and the first black editor of any edition of Vogue. Born in Ghana and raised in a working-class neighborhood in West London by his mother, a seamstress, he has a background atypical of those of British Vogue editors past. His arrival heralded what the BBC termed “the posh girl exodus” as longtime masthead stalwarts like Lucinda Chambers and Emily Sheffield made prompt departures, to be replaced by a slew of high-profile names from both the fashion and art worlds. The supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, the Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen and the makeup entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury are all now contributing editors, and diversity is a top priority.
JOB: Editor in chief, British Elle. Ms. Curtis, like Mr. Enninful, also comes from a visual rather than an editorial background. The stylist and fashion director had been at Elle for 12 years when she took the magazine’s top spot in April, following the departure of Lorraine Candy to The Sunday Times Style section.
WHY SHE MATTERS: It has been all change at the top of the British glossies this year, as magazine publishers grapple with the rapid and seismic shifts taking place in the fashion media landscape. The pressures upon Ms. Curtis to make her relaunched Elle and its digital offerings a success are considerable: Its owner, Hearst UK, has warned it may slash as many as 40 jobs across its editorial and commercial departments as the group’s new chief executive, James Wildman,…