Staff Shake-Up at Vogue, Including West Coast Editor Lisa Love's Move

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Consolidation continues at Conde Nast.

As fashion watchers wait to see if or when Anna Wintour steps down from her role as editor-in-chief of Vogue and chief architect of the industry, several changes to the masthead have already been confirmed, following Conde Nast’s recent trend of downsizing its print publications.

West Coast editor Lisa Love, a 28-year veteran of Vogue and longtime Hollywood conduit for the magazine, is shifting to a role at CNX, Conde Nast’s in-house creative agency, which has worked on creating custom content for such brands as Gucci, Comedy Central and Google.

Fashion director Tonne Goodman, who books most of the magazine’s celebrity covers, and executive fashion editor Phyllis Posnick, who produces dreamy fashion editorials with top photographers, are both leaving staff positions to become contributing editors. 

They follow in the footsteps of Grace Coddington, the magazine’s flame-haired creative director at large, who moved from a staff position to freelance in 2016, and has since signed a deal to host a talk show, Face to Grace, for IMG’s streaming M2M fashion channel. (Virginia Smith will assume the role of Vogue fashion director.)

Condé Nast, which owns Vogue as well as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and GQ, has for the past several months been consolidating staff into fashion and beauty “hubs” that work across several brand titles, and moving expensive, salaried veterans to freelance positions.

Vogue’s September issue, due to hit newsstands Aug. 14, will be guest-edited by Beyonce. Wintour, who has been with the magazine 40 years, gave her unprecedented control, according to a report in The Huffington Post, and the music icon hired Tyler Mitchell, the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the publication’s 126-year history.