Who’s next for the top spot at Vogue?

Following the breaking news surrounding Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz’s departure from her position as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Arabia, all questions point to who is next in line for the top spot. TMN lists out seven worthy contenders for the throne…

  1. Sofia Guellaty: Previously Editor-in-Chief of Arabia, also part of Nervora Publishing, Sofia has extensive experience in luxury fashion titles and is well known for discovering and honing creative Middle Eastern talent.
  1. Manuel Arnaut: Currently Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest Middle East, Manuel’s flair for fashion and style and association with one of Condé Nast International’s most reputed titles makes him a strong – and – likely candidate for the role.
  1. Rhea Saran: Previously Associate Editor and Features Editor of GQ India, Rhea was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Traveller Middle East in September 2013. Renowned fashion journalist, Suzy Menkes may know something that we don’t… Rhea featured not once, but twice on Suzy’s Instagram over the past month.
  1. Ritu Upadhyay: Middle East Correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily for over 10 years, Ritu is well-versed with the Middle East and global fashion landscape, as well as the business and retail side of the industry.
  1. Louise Nichol: Editor-in-Chief of luxury women’s glossy, Harper’s Bazaar Middle East – which runs neck-to-neck with Vogue Arabia – Louise is an obvious choice and a more than able candidate for the role.
  1. Esther Quek: Previously Fashion and Beauty Director at APP for Rake Middle East, Revolution Middle East and Condé Nast Traveller Middle East and currently Editor-in-Chief of Citizen K Arabia, Esther is a well-known personality on the national and international luxury fashion scene.
  1. Alison Tay: Currently Editor-in-Chief of Grazia Middle East, Alison is a regular on the FROW at all the major fashion weeks. With decades of experience in fashion writing, styling and presenting, she’s an obvious candidate for the role.

Shelly Mistry joins The Media Network

The Media Network has appointed Shelly Mistry to the role of Editorial Assistant. Having previously assisted on a number of lifestyle publications including Citizen K Arabia and Citizen K Homme Arabia, part of Gulf News Publishing and a number of APP Media Group titles including The Rake Middle East, Revolution Middle East, Condé Nast Traveller Middle East, Stylist Arabia and the Hello! group, she will now assist with all editorial including news and features for the B2B media platform. Shelly will also manage client relations with The Media Network’s Premium Members as well as help manage the website and social media content.

“Having previously worked in publishing, I have always looked to The Media Network for daily updates and happenings within the industry,” says Shelly. “I am delighted to join the region’s first media-exclusive communication platform and look forward to developing my career with the wonderful team.”

The Rake and Revolution welcome new Acting Editor

The Rake Middle East and Revolution Middle East magazines, part of APP Media Group, have welcomed Jola Chudy to the role of Acting Editor. Previously Group Editor at Pinpoint Media Group, where she worked across the company’s luxury lifestyle and fashion magazines, Jola will now be responsible for producing both The Rake and Revolution in the Middle East, working across features and content.

Sandra Lane joins Revolution Middle East

Sandra Lane has joined Arab Publishing Partners (APP) as Editor-in-Chief of its new launch, Revolution Middle East. Sandra previously served as Editor of Revolution Middle East when Pinpoint Media Group was the licence-holder, and she will now take charge of the luxury goods and watches magazine. It is the latest title to be launched by APP, and will be published quarterly within the GCC from September 2014.

“I’m delighted to rejoin the Revolution family and excited to be working with APP to take the Middle East edition of the magazine to greater success,” says Sandra. “With the strength of APP behind Revolution, we have great plans for its future throughout the region and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

APP signs Revolution and The Rake magazine deal

Arab Publishing Partners (APP) today announced a new license agreement with Revolution International Ltd. From September 2014, APP will publish the Middle East editions of leading international watch lifestyle magazine, Revolution, and men’s luxury style title, The Rake.

Revolution International Ltd was founded by Wei Koh and Dr Bruce Lee in Singapore in 2005, and has successfully launched 16 international editions of Revolution magazine making it the leading and most respected watch magazine in the world. Revolution Middle East will be published quarterly and will remain true to its brand promise of ‘celebrating the machine with a heartbeat’. The magazine will continue to deliver quality content and insights relevant to the watch connoisseurs and collectors from the GCC region.

Building on its success Revolution International Ltd then launched The Rake in 2008 bringing to life Editorial Director and Founder Wei Koh’s vision of creating a magazine that is ‘the modern voice of classical elegance’ inspired by male icons like Cary Grant and Michael Caine.  This unique men’s style and artisanal luxury publication quickly gained a global following amongst both discerning readers and premium advertisers. The Rake Middle East will be a bi-monthly title catering to the elite sector of the Gulf’s male population that are seeking the essential details and ground-rules for style. Along with fashion, the magazine will also cover other areas of elegant living including art and fine dining.

“The Middle East is a major market for us to be involved with, as recent studies have shown that the Middle East consumers have the highest per capita spend on luxury goods, while Swiss watch imports to the UAE alone has risen by over 35 per cent in the last three years,” says Dr. Bruce Lee, CEO, Revolution International Ltd. “Given the importance of the region within our international growth strategy for our titles, we knew we had to find a partner to successfully cater to the expectations of the Middle East audience. We feel we have found the right partner in APP Group and are looking forward to working closely with their team.”

Ali Akawi, Managing Director of APP & ITP Consumer, said: “We are excited to see the APP Group further expand its portfolio with two more premium magazines. Both titles appeal to a unique reader profile and we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring to Wei Koh and Dr. Bruce Lee’s vision in this region. We look forward to delivering the same quality journalism that audiences expect from the international editions of Revolution and The Rake.’

Both magazines will be published in English and circulated across the GCC with a bespoke circulation plan to target affluent, influential consumers who appreciate the latest in luxury goods.