For 36 years, Lucinda Chambers worked for British Vogue, serving last as the publication’s fashion director. But after stepping down from the position in May, Fashionista reports that Chambers has a lot to say about her time at Vogue — and the way in which she left the glossy.
In a new interview with Vestoj, Fashionista says Chambers detailed her Vogue exit as not a conscious choice, but instead a decision made for her by the magazine’s new editor-in chief, Edward Enninful, who decided to fire her after taking the reigns.
“It took them three minutes to do it,” she said. “No one knew, except the man who did it — the new editor.”
But that’s not all Chambers divulged. According to Fashionista, the ex-fashion director revealed that working in fashion isn’t all beauty, glitz and glamour. In fact, it’s much more of a business that’s trying to sell the public a particular way of being, thinking and looking. Speaking on fashion magazines as a whole, Fashionista reports that Chambers thinks they have stopped being “useful or empowering.”
“Most leave you totally anxiety-ridden, for not having the right kind of dinner party, setting the table in the right kind of way or meeting the right kind of people,” she said.
Going on to detail even more of the fashion industry’s behind-the-scenes dealings, Fashionista says Chambers admitted to succumbing to the pressures of the industry, even dressing a cover model in Michael Kors top simple because the designer was a major advertiser with the magazine.
Tired of the “smoke and mirrors” of the fashion industry, Fashionista said Chambers had this to say on the industry overall: “Fashion can chew you up and spit you out.”
Everything that glitters is not gold, it seems. To read more about her interview, click here.