Today in Secondhand News: Kate Lanphear to T-------
In which we track the way that certain fashion news stories are recycled around the Web.
Today’s secondhand news actually began back in November, when Kate Lanphear left her post as the style director of Elle. Since then, rumors have spun about Lanphear applying for a job at The Wall Street Journal, then potentially heading to a start-up magazine called Editorialist (we’re still not 100 percent clear on what that is—all that exists is a dormant Web site). Early on, Fashionista (who deserves props for breaking Lanphear’s Elle departure) suggested that Lanphear might head to T Magazine based on a lighthearted shrimp-related tweet and Instagram that the magazine’s new editor in chief, Deborah Needleman, posted in September:
— deborah needleman (@debbieneedles) September 17, 2012
Then, this morning, freelance journalist Jim Shi tweeted the news that Kate Lanphear was joining the T team:
Kate Lanphear has joined T: The New York Times Style Magazine as style director. She’ll be at the upcoming women’s shows with Team T.
— Jim Shi (@jimshi809) January 7, 2013
Providing quasi-confirmation, the news was instantly re-tweeted by T Magazine and then, because Twitter is seemingly the new press release, reported by Refinery29:
Kate Lanphear’s got a new job: r29.co/ZgXO3V
— refinery29 (@Refinery29) January 7, 2013
Not to be outdone, Fashionista and The Cut jumped on the bandwagon shortly thereafter:
Former Elle style director Kate Lanphear has just bagged herself a brand new gig! Find out where: bit.ly/RCeDYf
— Fashionista.com (@Fashionista_com) January 7, 2013
— The Cut (@TheCut) January 7, 2013
So who’s the winner of today’s secondhand news sweepstakes? Is it Fashionista for predicting the move way back in November? Or Jim Shi for successfully spreading his Twitter handle across the Internet? Actually, the winner is Kate Lanphear. A representative for The New York Times just confirmed via e-mail (not Twitter) that Lanphear is indeed heading to T as style director. Needleman has made several new hires (for instance, she brought Joe McKenna on as fashion director at large) since taking over for Sally Singer in September.