Newly appointed L’Officiel Australia editor Damien Woolnough quits after one month

Woolnough says L’Officiel Australia

Woolnough says L’Officiel Australia ‘not the right size’ for him.

Newly appointed L’Officiel Australia editor Damien Woolnough has quit just one month after joining the magazine.

Woolnough, who departed Bauer Media’s Elle magazine for the role, said L’Officiel was “not the right size and cut for me”.

“My marvellous colleagues and friends Ken Thompson and Megha Kapoor will no longer pursue roles with L’Officiel and L’Officiel Hommes. After much hard work and problem-solving, we are left to dream of the wonders that could have been,” he said in a statement.

Mumbrella understands Thomspon, who works for fashion brand Wish, was to be contracted as fashion director of L’Officiel Hommes and Kapoor was to be contracted to be fashion director of L’Officiel.

“I love the brand (but we’ve all made the mistake of buying something just because of the label) and wish the Australian title well in finding someone better suited to their unique style. I will especially miss the chance to work with the talented and patient Matthew Paroz and with commercial operations manager Jo Constable,” said Woolnough.

“This has been a tremendous learning experience. I have treasured the overwhelming support I have experienced and, rather than waste this generous goodwill, I humbly vow to use it in my next endeavour as I search for a more flattering fit. This was to be my dream job but today I’m making room for new dreams.”

Dimitri Vorontsov, CEO and publisher of L’Officiel Australia and New Zealand, confirmed Woolnough’s departure, telling Mumbrella: “This mutual decision was made on exceedingly good terms as L’Officiel prepares to move ahead in a new direction commercially with new partners.

“A new structure to support this will be announced in January 2016.”

Woolnough had been with Elle magazine for two and a half years, having previously worked for News Corp’s The Australian.

Miranda Ward



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