Phillip Picardi is ‘Out’, Rihanna Savage x Fenty to close NYFW, Kendall quote draws criticism and more news

Phillip Picardi is “Out”, leaving Teen Vogue post
In the latest of senior staff moves, Phillip Picardi, Teen Vogue’s chief content officer, is leaving his post as head of the publication to become the editor and chief of the LGBTQ-focused magazine Out Magazine. Picardi told the Wall Street Journal, “I’m looking forward to reimagining what Out looks like for the modern queer audience and preparing it for the future.” Picardi, championed by Anna Wintour, was made the head of Teen Vogue’s website at the young age of 23 and was recently promoted to the chief content officer following Elaine Welteroth’s exit in January. [WSJ]

Lily Aldridge is Expecting
Three makes a trend! Congratulations are in order as supermodel Lily Aldridge announced via Instagram that she is expecting a second child with Kings of Leon singer, Caleb Followill. The couple already has a 6-year-old daughter and join a small group of VS Angels that gave birth earlier this year like Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsloo.

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Kendall’s choice of words really ruffles fellow models’ feathers
“Since the beginning, we’ve been super selective about what shows I would do. I was never one of those girls who would do like 30 shows a season or whatever the fuck those girls do. More power to ‘em.”, was the clumsy Love Magazine quote that immediately put Kendall Jenner under fire from models. The quote continued, saying a “million” jobs brought her near, “the verge of a mental breakdown.” Irk and criticism ensued over her sanctimonious, privileged-sounding choice of words. Over Instagram, models like Daria Strokous, Jac Jagaciak, Teddy Quinlivan, Marine Deleeuw, Amber Witcomb and more all were quick to call out her tactlessness, Strokous writing, “‘…Whatever the f–k those girls do’ is do their very best to make their way up AND try to make some money so that they can provide for themselves and their families.” Jenner released a response on her Twitter claiming she was misrepresented in the interview and she meant to be complimentary, “…my words were twisted & taken out of context. I want to be clear. The respect that I have for my peers is immeasurable!” In another Jenner wrote, “I’m inspired by so many of these people i have had the good fortune to work alongside! There’s no way i could EVER hate on that i want everyone to win. SLAY ALWAYS.”

Stefano Tonchi comments on possible future of W Magazine
Earlier in August, news broke that Condé Nast was finally selling W Magazine, a long-speculated move, made increasingly inevitable and newsy as the media company dumped parts and axed staff in a restructuring meant to steady losses and increase revenue by 2022. W’s editor, Stefano Tonchi, who is rumored to be interested in buying the magazine himself, talked to The Cut about the prospects of reinventing what the 46-year-old operation could be without Condé. “I believe that W can be so many things when you think about it,” continuing in the article, “You can create an education program because so many people want to be photographers. We have the authority. We have the access. We can be a great creative agency.” When talking about possible investors Tonchi pitched “…it is all about access, authority, and influence. And W has those in excess!” [The Cut]

Rihanna is Closing Out NYFW
After taking a break from the runway, Rihanna returns to the NYFW calendar as the closing spot to the week-long event. Word on the street is a special venue in Brooklyn will be blessed with the singer’s “see now buy now” Savage x Fenty Fall 2018 collection, available immediately after the event online.

Heavenly Bodies Break Records
Over the weekend, the massive Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic imagination exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art welcomed its one-millionth visitor making it the Costume Institute’s most attended show ever and The Met’s third overall most attended. The lucky guests were awarded a surprise picture with the editor-in-chief of Vogue Magazine, Anna Wintour, Curator in Charge, Wendy Yu, and head curator, Andrew Bolton and a signed copy of the exhibition catalog. The exhibit can be viewed at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters now through October 8.

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