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New Allure editor-in-chief Michelle Lee, who came to the magazine from Nylon in November, is making sure her vision is stamped on the magazine. WWD reports that roughly 15 people were laid off from the magazine today, many of them high-level creative employees. Caught up in the tidal wave of firings were longtime fashion director Paul Cavaco and design director Deanna Filippo, plus the features director, deputy editor, beauty director, managing editor and articles editor.
These are not the first cuts Lee has made since taking the helm at Allure for founder and former editor-in-chief Linda Wells. At the start of Lee's tenure, many regular contributors and editors-at-large were let go — a move that only sparked (justified) fears that more layoffs were on the way
"Michelle has a clear vision and strategy to grow and expand Allure in print, digital and video," a spokesperson for the magazine tells WWD about today's firings. "We will be announcing new additions to the creative team shortly."
2015 was not an easy year for Condé Nast as a variety of publications across the company, including Self, Glamour, Teen Vogue, GQ, Details, and Style.com, faced either layoffs or were shut down completely in the case of the latter two. Now, 2016 is not off to a promising start either despite an overly cheery announcement from the Condé Nast Career's Twitter page that the company is looking to fill several roles.
Update: Fishbowl NY reports that Allure just added four staffers from magazines like Nylon and Teen Vogue to its masthead.