The world of fashion was abuzz when Condé Nast's chief business officer for its style division Susan Plagemann announced her unexpected departure — but Radar has learned it didn't come as a surprise to Vogue's HBIC Anna "Nuclear" Wintour because she forced her out.
A high-fashion industry source confirms Plagemann didn't leave to “pursue other interests" after 11 years with the company, as she told her fellow staff members. She was "forced out," our insider discloses.
Another industry know-all says, “Anna makes all the decisions at Conde Nast," adding that Plagemann's exit during New York Fashion Week only adds injury to insult.
“Susan would not have been forced out without the nod of approval from Wintour," the insider tells Radar. "Plus, to do it during New York Fashion Week — well, that it speaks for itself.”
According to Women's Wear Daily, Plagemann went out quietly by simply sending her team a memo.
“It has been a great privilege to work with all of you. Know that I am so proud, as you must be, too, of all that has been accomplished,” she wrote.
She's not holding the bad blood against anyone, except maybe Wintour.
“As I transition the business with Pam [Drucker Mann, chief revenue officer], know that I will always cheer you on and wish you and CN, continued success," she continued. "Thank you for all of your hard work, perseverance, and being the incredible team that you are.”
Plagemann is a veteran in the fashion world.
She's been with the publisher for more than a decade, first signing on as the chief revenue and business officer for Vogue in January 2010. She was moved promoted within the Condé Nast umbrella in November 2018.
As of this post, her LinkedIn still has her holding the position.
Wintour has been editor-in-chief of Vogue since the '80s. She was also signed on as Condé Nast's chief content officer in December 2020.
Plagermann's force-out comes just 8 months after Wintour stepped into her new role.
Wintour has been the face of fashion for decades, and the number of celebrities who kiss her backside is miles long.
She's often spotted sitting front row of the hottest fashion shows with A-listers like Kate Moss, David and Victoria Beckham, and Bradley Cooper. Wintour's relationship with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, well, that's a little more complicated.