Elle Fashion News Editor Anne Slowey Departs Title After Almost Two Decades

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Anne Slowey

She will focus on brand marketing and short films, but remain a contributor to the magazine.

Elle fashion news director Anne Slowey, who has been with the Hearst-owned title for almost two decades, stepped down from her position after winter break, Page Six reports. 

“After an incredible 18 years as Elle’s witty and knowledgeable fashion news director, Anne Slowey will be transitioning to a new role as a contributing writer for the magazine and elle.com, while pursuing her interests in short-film and brand marketing,” a representative from Elle told Page Six

The paper also reports that Slowey had not been in the office since winter break, but that "nobody at the magazine knows why she is gone." The magazine did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment.

During her time at the glossy, Slowey made appearances on Project Runway as well as the short-lived Elle reality show, Stylista. The editor was also name-dropped along with Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers in the scathing "Elle on Earth" article penned by scorned journalist Jacques Hyzagi. 

Slowey's departure comes at a time when the fashion publishing industry is being turned on its head; though most layoffs have been occurring at Conde Nast (where most recently, publishers at Allure, Brides and Glamour were let go), Hearst is not exempt from consolidations and their consequences. In December, the beauty and fashion departments of five women's titles were combined as the publishing house continues to reorganize and prioritize digital content.