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JUMPING SHIP: Vogue’s loss is Town & Country’s gain: William Norwich, who has served as a contributing editor and columnist for Vogue since 2004, is new T&C editor in chief Stephen Drucker’s first big hire. At T&C, Norwich will be a special correspondent covering social and cultural trends and oversee the people and parties coverage. “He’s going to have a bigger role and be part of my inner circle,” Drucker told WWD. “He won’t just be a columnist or contributor. He’ll help me construct a new, more exciting Town & Country.”
Drucker said it’s too soon to say when readers will begin seeing changes to the magazine — although sources said Drucker could produce a magazine in the vein of Tatler, making Norwich’s appointment all the more vital. “You will start to see small changes, but it won’t be an overnight change,” he said. “But a year from now, it will be a very different magazine.”
Norwich said he’s been an admirer and de facto historian for Town & Country ever since profiling the magazine’s longtime photographer Slim Aarons for The New York Times Magazine in 2001. “I told Anna [Wintour] and she’s very excited for me,” Norwich added.
“Billy has the long view of the social world,” said Drucker. “He knows how all the pieces at every level fit together. We’re going to report in the tradition of The New York Times’ legend Charlotte Curtis.”
— Amy Wicks