Meet Vogue’s new editor: Edward Enniful
After 25 years as the Vogue editor-in-chief, Alexandra Shulman has handed the fashion crown of publication glory to the very first male editor of Vogue – Edward Enniful.
Born in Ghana to a mother who was a seamstress, fashion was a part of Edward’s life from a young age. He began his career in the fashion industry as a model, aged 16, and worked with the likes of Nick Knight. He became the youngest ever fashion director of an international magazine, i-D, at the age of only 18 – well on the road for fashion glory.
Enniful is currently the fashion and creative director at W Magazine, and has been since 2011. He will start his prestigious role on August the 1st this year. Shulman seemed happy of her replacement and stated “Edward is an exceptionally talented stylist who will no doubt bring an exciting new creative aesthetic to the magazine” (vogue.co.uk) and indeed it is incredibly exciting to see what a fresh new perspective will make of such an iconic fashion publication. However, British Vogue is not the first of the Vogues that Enniful has worked for – he has undertaken the role of Contributing Fashion Editor for Vogue Italia and has worked for American Vogue as well, amid rumours of a rocky relationship with Anna Wintour. During his time at Vogue Italia he was seen as both contemporary and revolutionary, Enniful is credited with the July 2008 magazine edition titled ‘The Black Issue‘ which features only black models, actresses and figures in society. This edition sold out almost instantly. It is hopeful that Enniful will bring his though provoking mindset into his new role.
Edward is well known within the fashion industry, and close friends with Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss to name a few. However, many disagree with this controversial choice, Shulman made British Vogue classy, traditional and elegant – it is likely this iconic magazine is ready for it’s biggest makeover yet.