Tatler on hunt for new editor as Kate Reardon resigns

Kate Reardon has been editor of Tatler for seven years

Tatler editor Kate Reardon has resigned after seven years at the helm of the high society magazine.

Gavanndra Hodge, the title's deputy editor, will oversee Tatler in the interim with a successor to be announced in the New Year. Reardon said she will share the news of her new venture "when it’s appropriate".

Reardon becomes the third high-profile editor to leave Condé Nast Britain this year, following Alexandra Shulman's exit from British Vogue in January, and Jo Elvin's departure from Glamour in October, heralding a new era in fashion magazines.

Reardon began her career as a 19-year-old fashion assistant at American Vogue, and at 21 was made the fashion director of Tatler – the youngest ever at Condé Nast.

She was a founding advisory board member of Net-a-Porter, has written columns for the Times, and spent a decade as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. In 2007 Reardon founded the women’s community site, TopTips.com and in 2011 returned to Tatler as editor.

Under Reardon's leadership the magazine embraced a more progressive approach to issues such as domestic abuse and sexuality. Reardon also steered Tatler into the digital age; Condé Nast Britain attributed the editor to growing the brand's unique users and page views tenfold, as well as tripling its following on social media channels.

Commenting on her resignation, Reardon said she has had "the time of her life" and will be "forever grateful" to Jonathan Newhouse, the chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International, for the "extraordinary experience of being a Condé Nast editor".

"I’ve also had the immense good fortune to work with some mind-blowingly talented, hard-working and funny people. It really has been a joy," Reardon added.

Nicholas Coleridge, chairman of Condé Nast Britain, remarked: “Kate has been a first class editor of Tatler, producing a magazine of wit, mischief and glamour.

"She has an instinctive understanding of her readers – you feel her personality on every page."

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