Her Final Exit: Lucinda Chambers

By Claudia Tufanio

It was the fashion interview heard around the world — a fired British Vogue editor and a harrowing account of life in fashion publishing.

Lucinda Chambers, former British Vogue fashion editor whose time at the magazine spanned 36 years (25 of those as fashion director), recalled the less-than-flattering details of her career in an interview with Vestoj, an online fashion publication.

“A month and a half ago, I was fired from Vogue,” Chambers candidly told Ania Ronowsky Cronberg in the article “Will I Get a Ticket?,” originally published July 3.  In the original publication, Chambers said newly appointed Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful had fired her “in three minutes” and that nobody at the publication — including fellow editors, the magazine’s chair members or human resources — knew about her impending firing.

Vestoj has since removed this section of the interview following legal action taken by Condé Nast lawyers. An editor’s note now appears at the top of the article: “EDITOR’S NOTE: Following the original publication of this article, we’ve been contacted by lawyers on behalf of Condé Nast Limited and Edward Enninful OBE and have been requested to amend the interview. This request has now been granted.”

The former British Vogue editor minced no words when describing the trials and tribulations of the fashion industry.

“You’re not allowed to fail in fashion — especially in this age of social media, when everything is about leading a successful, amazing life,” Chambers said. “Nobody today is allowed to fail, instead the prospect causes anxiety and terror.”

And her candidness did not stop there. Chambers even took the time to denounce some of her own work, specifically the June cover featuring Alexa Chung donning a Michael Kors T-shirt, calling it “crap.”

“He’s a big advertiser so I knew why I had to do it,” she said. “I knew it was cheesy when I was doing it, and I did it anyway.”

Chambers’ most shocking admission? She said she hasn’t read the publication, for which she’d worked for 36 years, “for years,” as she no longer enjoyed the content.

“It’s a shame that magazines have lost the authority they once had,” she said. “They’ve stopped being useful.”

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