With the death of an icon, comes a line of legacy to celebrate their accomplishments. On October 1, 2017 at the age of 89, Samuel Irving Newhouse Jr, the chairman emeritus of Condé Nast, passed away. His father was at the origin of Advanced Publications, the parent company of media powerhouse Condé Nast. Founded in 1909, this iconic publishing house has proven itself to be more than just a fashion publishing company. Below are three times it broke boundaries on topics that were beyond fashion and spoke to the conscience of its average readers:
CAN FASHION BE POLITICAL?
On February 13th, 2017, now Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth, and Digital Editorial Director of Teen Vogue, Phillip Picardi, went on The Daily Show hosted by Trevor Noah to defend the political voice of Teen Vogue in lieu of the upcoming election of the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump. Due to Trump’s racist, sexist, and xenophobic statements and beliefs, Teen Vogue released many op-ed and editorial articles where readers and writers expressed their outrage on the political climate of the U.S.A. This voice was a shift for Teen Vogue and many questioned if a fashion magazine can take a seat at the politics table that’s usually reserved for more traditional journalistic newspapers.
BREAKING DOWN THE WHITE WALL
Since its inception, Vogue and many of Condé Nast’s other fashion and beauty magazines have been run by white women. The magazine has been criticized for its lack of diversity in its covers and its staff. And so all jaws were agape as British Vogue announced Edward Enninful as its new Editor-in-Chief on April 10, 2017. Condé Nast’s chairman and chief executive, Jonathan Newhouse said that Enninful is “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist”, and that “by virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue.” Enninful is already off to a strong start.
A TRULY ALL-INCLUSIVE FASHION MAGAZINE
Vogue is a magazine created for women, and although it has covered issues of race, LGBTQ, and politics, the magazine represents an inherent cis-hetereosexual-women voice. As a result, it cannot accurately represent the many facets of the LGBTQ voice. Thus, Condé Nast is scheduled to launch an LGBTQ focused magazine called Them by the end of October 2017. Founder of Them, Phillip Picardi is the digital editorial director for Teen Vogue and Allure who dared to ask “Wouldn’t it be incredible if Condé Nast were the first publisher to really step up to the plate and want to be the ones who were telling those stories in an authentic and personal way?”