GQ has poached The Guardian’s deputy fashion editor and is planning to expand its style coverage with an extra 10 pages of fashion per issue.
Charlie Porter will take over as associate editor, replacing Nick Sullivan, who is leaving for New York to become fashion director of US Esquire.
Porter will be a key member of the features team and will take responsibility for the Style section and fashion editorial, including editing the style supplements.
GQ editor Dylan Jones said Porter would also act as a conduit between the magazine and the fashion industry.
“Charlie is someone I have wanted to work on the magazine for a while.
He is young and very enthusiastic and the industry likes him a lot. He already has a big reputation in the fashion industry and I think coming to GQcan only enhance that.”
GQ is expected to announce three new contributing fashion editors next month. Lucy Allen has also joined as assistant fashion editor, in line with the increased fashion content. “It’s our calling card, fashion. Fashion and journalism, we can’t do enough of it and it’s great to have more creative people on board,” Jones said.
GQ has also signed up the former editor of the Today programme, Rod Liddle, as a regular contributor. Liddle is expected to write for GQ in addition to his columns in The Spectator and The Times. His first piece on “whatever happened to guilt-free sex?” appears in the February issue. Jones said: “The thing I love about Rod is that he is such a good writer. He’s a great contrarian, he’s a libertarian in many respects, but he’s very outspoken and he just makes great copy.”
The February issue also features an interview with Arsenal player Freddie Ljungberg by Daily Mirror editor and Gunners fan Piers Morgan.
By Ruth Addicott