We reported this weekend that as of Friday afternoon, Project Runway judge Nina Garcia was OUT as fashion director at Elle magazine.
While the magazine and Garcia have yet to make an official comment about her departure, sources have been busy digging up the dirt on the sudden split.
First, there were apparently signs that the Garcia's departure was a-coming!
The arrival of Joe Zee, Elle's new creative director, supposedly foreshadowed the end of Garcia's reign. Observers questioned how the two would get along, and whether Zee would keep her around. Also, this past Tuesday Garcia was notably absent at a big bash Elle threw with design house Moschino and eerily, a story in The Wall Street Journal about fashion trends for spring quoted her, but conincidently excluded her role at Elle.
We're all probably wondering the same thing — what is next for Nina?
According to one insider, Garica shouldn't be totally counted out of the mag yet. She's "still in negotiations" with the powers that be at Elle and an announcement could be coming soon.
Nina is also reportedly talking with Harvey Weinstein about new television projects. Insiders add that Garcia could still be involved with the next season of Project Runway regardless of how things play out with Elle.
Was there not enough spotlight to go around at Elle?
According to a source, the power players at Elle have been fighting for their 15 minutes of fame and there's been lots of 'political tension' at the office.
Zee is slated to be the mag's newest editor-turned TV whore. He's said to be wrapping production on a Tyra Banks produced CW reality show, Fashionista, with Elle fashion news director Anne Slowey. The show will feature young, aspiring fashion gals competing for the chance to be a fashion assistant at the magazine. The show will supposedly air in the summer.
So what it comes down to is that there is only room for one TV star at Elle??
What a bunch of diva bitches!
Meow! We love it!
Who'd win in a cat fight???
Our money's on Nina coming out on top!
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