From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Type of site
Available inEnglish
OwnerCondé Nast
LaunchedSeptember 2000[1]
Current statusdefunct as of June 2017 was a luxury e-commerce website, launched by international media company Condé Nast in September 2016. In June 2017 was closed and absorbed by online retailer[2]

Before its closure offered established and emerging luxury brands, encompassing womenswear, menswear, beauty and grooming. The website combined e-commerce with original and curated content from Condé Nast's titles, including British Vogue and British GQ.

Using a proprietary website merchandising engine, offered a personalised commerce experience for the customer that adaptively recommends products and editorial stories based on the user journey.[3]

A specially designed shopping layer also rendered editorial features on and fully shoppable, allowing readers to purchase featured products available on

President of Franck Zayan oversaw the UK-based website,[4] with fashion and retail expert Yasmin Sewell as fashion director, Melissa Dick serving as editorial director, Jane Gorley as creative director and Natalie Varma as head of innovation.[5]

Jonathan Newhouse, Robert A Sauerberg Jr, Anna Wintour, Nicholas Coleridge, Charles H Townsend, Pascal Cagni and Franck Zayan sit on the board of directors.[6] history[edit]

In 2000, Style was founded by Condé Nast and launched as the online site for fashion magazines Vogue and W . featuring online versions of some of the magazine's content as well as Internet-exclusive material such as event photographs and style-related articles, before Vogue developed its own website.

It featured material such as fashion news reporting, trend reports, and an extensive catalogue of runway imagery.[7]

Key contributors included Dirk Standen, Nicole Phelps and Tim Blanks and the site soon became famous for its fashion-week coverage, establishing itself as the global authority on runway and a champion of street style

Vogue and W later launched their respective websites and in 2010, moved to publisher Fairchild Fashion Media.

In late 2014, moved back to its original home, Condé Nast. In April 2015, the content on migrated to Vogue Runway, an existing channel on,[8] and Condé Nast announced it would use the URL for a new e-commerce venture launching on 2 September 2016.[4]

After failing to make an impression on consumers as an e-commerce site ceased trading in June 2017, just nine months after conception as an online retailer, and was absorbed by, in a partnership the companies said would create “a seamless luxury shopping journey from world authority fashion inspiration to purchase gratification”. Moving forward Condé Nast plans to monetize their content on other platforms such as, etc. through a partnership with Farfetch where products featured online and in their print publications will be purchasable through Farfetch, with Condé Nast taking a commission.[9] The failure of as an e-commerce platform was viewed by many in the industry as a costly mistake with Condé Nast having spent around US$100m on the venture.[10]


  1. ^ Press Center
  2. ^ Pithers, Ellie. "Shop Vogue Now With Style.Com". British Vogue. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  3. ^ Johnston, Robert. "GQ just got shoppable. Introducing". British GQ. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  4. ^ a b Kilcooley-O'Halloran, Scarlett. "Condé Nast Turns Into E-Commerce Site". British Vogue. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  5. ^ "Meet the women at the helm of, Condé Nast's new shopping revolution". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  6. ^ Conti, Samantha (2015-09-10). "Anna Wintour, Pascal Cagni Join Board". WWD. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  7. ^ Fashion Shows, Runway Reviews, and More on
  8. ^ Times, Fashion (2014-12-15). "Condé Nast Is Closing Magazine". Fashion Times. Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  9. ^ "Analysis: – a costly gamble". Drapers. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  10. ^ "Inside the costly fashion faux pas that was ill-fated". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-06-21.

External links[edit]