Fashion sources claim that Anna Wintour is set to leave her role as Editor-in-Chief of the high-fashion magazine Vogue this summer after 30 years at the helm.
Wintour, 68, will depart Vogue and Condé Nast - where she has served as artistic director since 2013, ending her time at the company with the publication's iconic September issue.
But while sources insist that Wintour's time at the company is coming to a close, Condé Nast has rebuffed
the claims, and a spokesman said: 'We emphatically
deny these rumors.'
The company's denial has not stopped speculation, however, that it has a replacement lined up for the editrix - whose frosty demeanor earned her a host of less-than-flattering nicknames including 'Nuclear Wintour' and 'fashion's ice queen'.
Sources allege that Vogue UK Editor-in-Chief, and former fashion stylist, Edward Enninful, 46, is a frontrunner to take over the position.
Others say that Wintour is hoping to secure a job back in her home England, such as leading the British Fashion Council, which is responsible for organizing London Fashion Week.
A move back to London would certainly see Wintour come full circle as far as her career is concerned; she started out working as an editorial assistant at the UK version of Harper's Bazaar in 1970, before she moved to New York and joined its sister publication in 1975.
She returned to London in 1985 to serve as the editor of British Vogue, a position that she held for two years before heading back to New York City.
However, she has maintained close ties with her home nation; she was made a Dame in the 2017 New Year's Honors, and in February of this year achieved a major victory on British turf when she arranged for Her Majesty the Queen to attend her first ever London Fashion Week show.
Wintour's departure is reported to come as Condé Nast is considering a major financial review, with sources claiming that consultants are in the process of reviewing how the company can best move forward in the changing media climate.
Wintour's exit would also come in the wake of several magazine closures and the recent stepping down of several other long-serving magazine editors, including Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter, who spent 25 years at the publication, Glamour's Cini Leive, and Allure's Linda Wells.