Elle is said to have parted company with its fashion director and "Project Runway" star and author Nina Garcia sources said late Friday. Neither Garcia, Elle editor in chief Robbie Myers nor a spokeswoman for Elle could be reached for comment. On Tuesday, Elle hosted a dinner with Moschino to celebrate Simon Doonan's new book, "Eccentric Glamour: Creating an Insanely More Fashionable You", but Garcia was notably absent. Speculation about Garcia's departure has swirled for months, especially after the arrival of Joe Zee at the beginning of 2007 as creative director. Last spring, Garcia left the magazine on maternity leave, and began writing a monthly fashion column for Elle upon her return. Garcia was in the office on Friday morning, but by the afternoon, sources close to the building say Hachette’s Midtown offices were abuzz about the rumor.
Wow ... this is a big surprise for me. I have no idea what exactly is going on but it is my sincere hope that this split didn't catch Nina off guard and that things will work out in her best interest in the long run. Just yesterday, I blogged about an event that Nina hosted in NYC on Wednesday and there was no hint of trubs with Elle. The only thing I can offer at this point is that Elle magazine is losing a very talented woman and I know that whoever gets to work with her next will be better off for it. [Source]