Did Former Vogue Director Lucinda Chambers Just Get Herself Sued

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Did Former Vogue Director Lucinda Chambers Just Get Herself Sued?

Something of a tell-all interview with former British Vogue Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers was published on fashion journal Vestoj's website on Monday. Within hours of its publication, the article - in which Chambers details everything from her surprise firing following Edward Enninful's appointment as editor-in-chief to Vogue’s policy of special treatment for advertisers to how uninspiring and “bullying” fashion publications are - has since been removed from Vestoj’s site and scrubbed from the web.

It is unclear as to exactly what occurred between Monday morning and Monday afternoon that resulted in the removal of the article in question, entitled: "Will I Get a Ticket? A Conversation about Life After Vogue with Lucinda Chambers." Although some are publicly speculating that Vestoj and/or Chambers may have been slapped with cease and desist letters and threats of litigation from Vogue’s parent company Conde Nast. The thought is not at all outlandish. In fact, we have seen it before.

In 2013, Balenciaga filed suit against former creative director Nicolas Ghesquière in connection with an interview he gave to System Magazine shortly after he left his position as the Paris-based brand's longtime creative director.

According to Balenciaga’s lawsuit, Ghesquière breached his contract, particularly the agreement to refrain from making statements that could undermine the image of Balenciaga or its parent company, Kering, in connection with the 2013 System interview. In that interview, Ghesquière now-famously said, among other things: “I began to feel as though I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenise things. It just wasn’t fulfilling anymore."

Chambers, 57, who served as British Vogue’s Fashion Director for 25 years, told Vestoj: “A month and a half ago I was fired from Vogue. It took them three minutes to do it. No one in the building knew it was going to happen. The management and the editor I’ve worked with for twenty-five years had no idea. Nor did HR.”

Another striking excerpt: "In fashion we are always trying to make people buy something they don’t need. We don’t need any more bags, shirts or shoes. So we cajole, bully or encourage people into continue buying." And still, "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."

Considering the potentially damning nature of these statements and the fact that non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses (the latter of which restricts individuals from taking any action that negatively impacts an organization, its reputation, products, services, management or employees) are not all that unheard of, a lawsuit could, in fact, be brewing. Stay tuned.

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