It was announced last June that AD's Editor in Chief since 1975, Paige Rense Noland, was retiring. And, I think we all waited with baited breath to see who would replace her. After all, the one-time prestigious leader of the glossy shelter magazines had lost it's luster. I think you'll agree with me when I say that the pages of Architectural Digest appeared stuffy and distant in comparison to those of trendy Domino Magazine and cheerful House Beautiful. Flipping through the pages, I never felt like the homes in AD were actually occupied by real people. It all felt like a weird dream, every space seemed cold and unattainable.
But thankfully, that's all about the change.
image courtesy of The New York Times
Former Elle Decor Editor in Chief, Margaret Russell, has taken over. And, she's made it clear that Architectural Digest is headed in a new direction. She wants to cater to a younger reader, broaden AD's online presence, and untimately bring life back into the magazine.
The first issue of Architectural Digest (with Russell at the helm) is on newsstands now, and I can't wait to get my hands on it...
image courtesy of Habitually Chic
A living room designed by Michael Smith graces the cover, along with the title "Age Of Elegance"... in bright pink no less. Looks good already!
So, have you seen the new issue yet? What did you think?
To learn more about the change in leadership, read this fabulous article by The New York Times. I highly recommend it-- if only for the drama itself! (Who would have known that Noland wanted to "kill" the likes of House & Garden when she was Editor?). It's a good read.