Refinery29 has appointed Paula Goldstein Di Principe as fashion director and Ann-Marie Guarnieri as deputy editor of fashion, beauty, and shopping. Connie Wang, who previously held the title of style director and has been with the site for nearly six years, has been promoted to fashion features director. Wang will now focus on long-form content, investigative reporting, and fashion-related profiles. Meanwhile, Di Principe will be responsible for promoting awareness of Refinery29 through fashion events, talent-led initiatives, and designer and brand relationships. Wang and Di Principe will both develop Refinery29’s fashion video development and production.
Di Principe was previously the site director at Purple.fr, Purple magazine’s online platform. Prior to that role, she oversaw digital development at Dazed & Confused and has worked as a stylist and brand consultant. She will continue to be represented as a model, DJ, and consultant by NEXT Management. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Paula to Refinery29,” said editor-in-chief Christene Barberich in a statement. “Her perspective and deep roots in the fashion digital space will be pivotal in expanding and enriching our fashion brand in this next big phase of growth, as well as building on our core commitment to amazing personal style.”
Meanwhile, Guarnieri will oversee ideation and editorial elevation of fashion, beauty, and shopping as a deputy editor. She was previously the editor-in-chief at Jane Pratt‘s xoVain.com; before that, she was a senior editor at Allure and Allure.com. Guarnieri’s work has also appeared in Marie Claire, Teen Vogue, and Style.com. “Anne-Marie’s decade of diverse digital lifestyle experience, as well as her most recent role honing the voice of xoVain positions her beautifully to lead and strategically advise across our most central lifestyle categories: Shopping, Fashion, and Beauty,” said Barberich. “Expanding the breadth of voices—on site, in video and emerging platforms—as well as testing new storytelling concepts, will be a big focus for her.”
The two new hires follow Lisa Clunie‘s appointment as chief operating officer at Refinery29 last week. Clunie will be involved in building the infrastructure, internal culture, and developing talent at the ever-growing site. Clunie began her new role today. Guarnieri began her new role last week. Di Principe will be transitioning from London to New York, and will officially settle into the Refinery29’s New York offices sometime in April.