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TRADING TEAMS: Hearst has poached a Condé Naster to join one of its titles in what could be a bit of revenge. Town & Country has hired stylist Nicoletta Santoro as creative director at large to work alongside executive artistic director Alex Gonzalez, who assumed that role in September. Gonzalez currently oversees the creative staffs of both Town & Country and Marie Claire, a dual role he was given after sources said Condé Nast tried to poach him. The double-duty also allowed Hearst to save a bit of money since it didn’t have to hire a full-time artistic director after the departure of Edward Leida.
Santoro succeeds Alexandra Kotur, who left the publication in November. Most recently, Santoro worked for Vogue China, where she held the post of international director at large. Prior to that, she held positions at Italian Vogue, Paris Vogue, Egoiste, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.
“Nicoletta is the rarest kind of stylist, one who creates extraordinary fashion images that connect directly to the cultural zeitgeist — and that is the perfect approach for my vision of Town & Country,” said editior in chief Jay Fielden.
Santoro’s appointment is effective immediately.