Highlights from the Lucinda Chambers Vestoj Interview

Highlights from the Lucinda Chambers Vestoj Interview

The ex-Fashion Director of British Vogue gives a no-holds-barred interview about her firing.

The ex-Fashion Director of British Vogue gives a no-holds-barred interview about her firing.

Text: Christina Cacouris

Lucinda Chambers's brutally honest interview with Vestoj about her exit from British Vogue was met with both applause and sneers when it debuted this weekend, before being almost immediately pulled down from the website. Elusive PDF’s of the article were traded across social media before the site finally relaunched the interview with a disclaimer: “Due to the sensitive nature of this article, we took the decision to temporarily remove it from the site. What you will read below, however, is the original article in its entirety.”

In the condemnatory interview, Chambers, fired from the magazine after 25 years as Fashion Director (the magazine has experienced some shakeups since the appointment of new Editor in Chief Edward Enninful) admits she hasn’t read Vogue in years, calling it “irrelevant.” She bemoaned an unpleasant truth about the advertiser-driven side of glossies: “The June cover [of British Vogue] with Alexa Chung in a stupid Michael Kors T-Shirt is crap. He’s a big advertiser so I knew why I had to do it. I knew it was cheesy when I was doing it, and I did it anyway.”

“It’s a shame that magazines have lost the authority they once had,” she continued. “They’ve stopped being useful. I know glossy magazines are meant to be aspirational, but why not be both useful and aspirational? That’s the kind of fashion magazine I’d like to see.”

Read the interview in full at Vestoj.

Credits: COVER IMAGE COURTESY OF VOGUE

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