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Hilary Alexander, the much-beloved fashion editor of the UK's daily Telegraph, recently announced her retirement via Twitter. Today, reports from across the pond confirm that the paper has poached the Times of London's fashion editor Lisa Armstrong and her deputy, Luke Leitch to replace Alexander. The Guardian's media blog points to this tweet, above, as an indication that Alexander is pleased with the selection of her successors.
Hmmm. In related ancient-history-slash-unsubstantiated-hearsay-gossip, we seem to remember an anecdote about something that happened between two UK newspaper fashion editors in the early-2000s. It involved fashion week, a runway show, a last-minute front-row appearance by Prince, someone sprinting across a runway as the lights went down, the accidental dropping of notebooks, someone loudly calling someone else a bitch, and someone accusing someone else of stealing her show notes.
Congratulations all around! Fashionista reports that Alexander will continue to contribute to the Telegraph on a freelance basis, writing one page a month, and has indicated that she will study archeology.
· @hilaryalexander [Twitter]
· Will Armstrong's flight from The Times's paywall start a fashion? [Guardian]
· Lisa Armstrong will replace Hilary Alexander when she retires in June [Fashionista]