Campbell, Moss and Coddington are Vogue UK’s latest contributors

Following the hard as rock interview of former British Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers titled “Will I Get a Ticket? A Conversation About Life After Vogue” in Vestoj, an annual academic journal about fashion on her abrupt dismissal from Vogue and her less than flattering feelings toward the fashion industry editor-in-chief Edward Enninful announced four very high-profile editorial appointments.

Joining the British Vogue masthead are fashion editor Grace Coddington, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen. All of these high-profile people  will serve as as contributing editors for British Vogue.

“I am thrilled that Kate, Naomi, Steve and Grace are going to work with us in these new roles” said Enninful in a statement. “As two of the biggest international style influencers and supermodels, the impact Naomi and Kate have in today’s culture is enormous. Being an acclaimed filmmaker and Turner Prize-winning artist, Steve will bring an increased depth to the arts within the magazine.”

Coddington, this amazing creative force who has graced the pages of American Vogue with her exuberant talent is returning to the publication. “I am very much looking forward to working with these friends and colleagues on their ideas for upcoming issues” comments the former W creative director to WWD.

This is Enninful’s second round of editorial hires after Venetia Scott as Vogue UK’s fashion director after Lucinda Chambers.

How I’d Sink American Vogue, Scott King (b. 1969) via Christie’s

“You’re not allowed to fail in fashion — especially in this age of social media, when everything is about leading a successful, amazing life. Nobody today is allowed to fail, instead the prospect causes anxiety and terror. But why can’t we celebrate failure? After all, it helps us grow and develop” wrote Chambers. “I’m not ashamed of what happened to me. If my shoots were really crappy … Oh I know they weren’t all good — some were crappy… The June cover with Alexa Chung in a stupid Michael Kors T-shirt is crap. He’s a big advertiser so I knew why I had to do it. I knew it was cheesy when I was doing it, and I did it anyway. Ok, whatever. But there were others…There were others that were great” she adds.

Chambers didn’t hold back in the interview which had Vogue enraged. “The rise of the high street has put new expectations on big companies like LVMH” she explains. “Businessmen are trying to get their creatives to behave in a businesslike way; everyone wants more and more, faster and faster. Big companies demand so much more from their designers – we’ve seen the casualties. It’s really hard”.

“Those designers are going to have drink [sic] problems, they’re going to have drug problems. They’re going to have nervous breakdowns. It’s too much to ask a designer to do eight, or in some cases sixteen, collections a year. The designers do it, but they do it badly – and then they’re out. They fail in a very public way. How do you then get the confidence to say I will go back in and do it again?” comments Chambers.

“There are very few fashion magazines that make you feel empowered” she adds. “Most leave you totally anxiety-ridden, for not having the right kind of dinner party, setting the table in the right kind of way or meeting the right kind of people. Truth be told, I haven’t read Vogue in years. Maybe I was too close to it after working there for so long, but I never felt I led a Vogue-y kind of life. The clothes are just irrelevant for most people – so ridiculously expensive. What magazines want today is the latest, the exclusive. It’s a shame that magazines have lost the authority they once had. They’ve stopped being useful”.

Read her very candid interview which has already stirred speculation of potential legal action here.