Who’s Who on Fashion Week’s Front Row

Thanks to staffing shakeups from Vogue to Barneys, it's hard to keep track of whose team the power players are on. Here, our updated guide to the new front row players.

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Thanks to staffing shakeups that affected magazines like Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and W, and retailers like Barneys, it's hard to keep track of whose team the power players are on. Here, our updated guide to the new players on Fashion Week's front row.
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Stefano Tonchi's move in March from T: The New York Times Style Magazine to W may have been a small jump in the alphabet, but it set off a seismic shift in motion in New York's editorial sphere when the Editor-in-Chief left, taking Features Director Armand Limnander and Editor-at-Large Lynn Hirschberg with him.
Sally Singer left her post as Vogue's fashion news and features director to fill Stefano's shoes at T just a few months later. (Vogue's Eve MacSweeney and Mark Holgate stepped up to fulfill Singer's duties when she left.)
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Meanwhile, across the pond, Carine Roitfeld stepped down after ten years as Editor-in-Chief at French Vogue. No word yet regarding Roitfeld's next steps, but there's no doubt the front-row flashbulbs will miss her if she takes this season off Fashion Week.
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Emmanuelle Alt has now taken the reins at French Vogue, and will likely be the woman at every party that all the insiders want to talk to.
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Barneys' new CEO, Mark Lee (formerly of Gucci and YSL), shocked New York's fashion industry when he let Fashion Director Julie Gilhart go in November. No word on Gilhart's next move yet, but judging by her Twitterfeed, it looks like she's back from a sojourn in Africa, so maybe she'll be suntanned and smiling in the front row to support designers like Rodarte's Kate Mulleavy, pictured right.
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Amanda Brooks, previously Creative Director at Tuleh and Hogan, and a contributor to publications like Vogue has been named Gilhart's successor at Barneys. She appeared last season at Prabal Gurung's show, where she is pictured above, as well as Thakoon's. We expect to see a lot more of her this season.
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Although Simon Doonan is still at Barneys, his role seems rather fuzzy under Mark Lee's rule. (The former Creative Director is now Creative-Ambassador-at-Large). Doonan's hilarity has always been somewhat "at large," between his book projects, collaborations, and columns, which have recently taken up residence at Slate. Clearly, you can't keep this man down.
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Dennis Freedman, who will succeed Simon Doonan as Barneys' Creative Director, left behind the same title at W, when Stefano Tonchi took the magazine's helm. Insiders are looking to Freedman to continue commissioning work from photographer heavies like Mert and Marcus and Bruce Weber in his position at Barneys.
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Daniella Vitale, another member of Barneys' new guard, is taking over as the retailer's Chief Merchant. Vitale worked under Barneys' new CEO, Mark Lee, at Gucci, where she spent more than ten years. (She's pictured here with Mary J. Blige at a cocktail party at Gucci's Fifth Avenue store.) Lee's team at Barneys feels decidedly less indie-focused and more geared towards luxury, so it will be interesting to see what shows she decides to attend.
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Lucky made waves just before September Fashion Week when the magazine announced that Brandon Holley, formerly of Jane and Yahoo! Shine would take over as Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, ushering in yet another wave of editorial shuffling at the glossy.
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After just ten months as Fashion Director at Elle,Alexis Bryan Morgan took over as Executive Fashion Editor at Lucky -- a position created specially for her. The move marks a return to Condé Nast for Bryan Morgan, (pictured left with Vogue's Meredith Melling Burke), who served as Vanity Fair's Executive Fashion Editor before her stint at Elle.
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Now that Andrea Linett (pictured right with her former Lucky co-workers Anne Keane and Hope Greenberg) has left Lucky, and it's not yet clear if she'll grace the front row in her new capacity as Creative Director of eBay. Either way, Fashion Week will probably provide some good street style shots for her new blog, I Want to Be Her.
What I Wore's Jessica Quirk (pictured above in the outfit she wore to the airport for her trip from Indianapolis to New York earlier this week) is one of the fashion bloggers Tumblr is sending to New York Fashion Week, to report under the platform's new fashion director, Rich Tong. We'll be following the Tumblrs' insights and enthusiasm, hoping this could evolve into a modern version of Mademoiselle's Guest Editor contest, which uncovered talents like Joan Didion, Fern Mallis, and Betsey Johnson.
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