Last week the news broke that Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz was fired from Vogue's Arabian publication after just two editions at the helm. Now Business of Fashion has reported that Manuel Arnaut has been appointed as her replacement as Editor-In-Chief commencing May 7th.
Arnault has a rich history within the world of publishing and fashion. His appointment perhaps holds extra gravitas considering it's proximity to that of Edward Enninful at British Vogue, putting two men in charge of the Conde Nast-owned fashion magazines within a week of each other. A first for both. Portuguese-born Arnault is no stranger to the middle east, having held the position of EIC at Architectural Digest Middle East since its launch in 2015. Nor is he a stranger to the ways of Vogue having worked as a writer at Vogue Portugal for seven years. He then went on the become an editor at GQ Portugal as well as contributing to both Vogue and GQ's Brazillian Editions. He's more than a little qualified.
In his statement, Arnault was enthused by the potential of Vogue Arabia, stating: "With the rich heritage of the Middle East as a starting point — and its eyes on the future — Vogue Arabia celebrates the region’s fashion and cultural identity, presenting it to the world in a luxurious, upbeat, and contemporary style. In an exciting climate of modernity and creativity, the team and I are committed to working towards a Vogue Arabia that is the proud voice of the region, representing the strength and allure of the Arab woman."
His predecessor, Aljuhani Abdulaziz, saw the publication through its launch having been appointed in June 2016. The launch initiated online with a duel-language website in both Arabic and English and followed with its first print edition in March 2017 which saw Gigi Hadid as the cover star. In a statement that the Saudi Princess shared with Business of Fashion, she claimed: "I refused to compromise when I felt the publisher’s approach conflicted with the values which underpin our readers and the role of the editor-in-chief in meeting those values in a truly authentic way."
The April edition of the magazine will see Imaan Hammam, a Dutch model of Egyptian and Moroccan descent on the cover.