Radhika Jones was just named the new editor in chief of Vanity Fair this week. Jones, headed to Condé Nast‘s headquarters at 1 World Trade to get acquainted with the magazine’s staff.
Jones was editorial director of the books department at The New York Times, worked of Time magazine and The Paris Review, none of this impressed the fashionistas. They were rather taken back her sense of style.
WWD says that one of the company’s fashion editors in candid conversation with her peers remarked on the outfit she wore. They said,
“She seemed nervous. The outfit was interesting.”
According to the fashion editor the incoming editor wore a navy shiftdress strewn with zippers, a garment deemed as “iffy” at best. But Jones’ choice of hosiery proved most offensive. For the occasion, Jones had chosen a pair of tights covered with cartoon foxes.
The animal caricatures may have been too much for Vogue editor in chief and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour too, who is said to have fixed one of her trademark stoic glares upon Jones’ hosiery throughout the duration of the meeting.
Unnerved by Jones’ choice of legwear — and Wintour’s reaction — the fashion editor proclaimed to her friends,
“I’m not sure if I should include a new pair of tights in her welcome basket.”
The fashion editor did not remark on Graydon Carter’s outfit for the occasion but after 25 years at VF’s helm, we are all familiar with his signature Oompa Loopa-fied hairstyle.
Jones is said to begin her new role on Dec. 11.
(Photos, NY Times; via WWD)