Anna Wintour may have though she was tapping into uncharted waters when she released Men's Vogue, but from the very first issue over three years ago it was obvious that the magazine would never be able to reach Ms. Wintour's target demographics and sink. Yesterday it was reported that the magazine would scale back to two issues a year and be "absorbed into Vogue." If it didn't fold completely, it is probably for what my friend Matthew mentioned in one of our emails yesterday: Anna does not want to look like she failed after pushing the magazine so hard. And while I am thrilled to see that her no male models, no exposed male flesh, no gay content, suits and ties only policy failed to thrive as a concept, I am really upset that all my talented friends working at the fashion department of Men's Vogue were laid off. As a matter of fact, from what I heard yesterday, the entire staff was laid off except for the chief intern and Jay Fielden. Condé Nast should have easily seen it coming: how many 55-year-old insanely wealthy straight man do you know? And how many of them would purchase a magazine with Vogue stamped on its cover?
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