In Paris, fellow hacks and press officers offered congratulations, paid homage and in some cases bowed and scraped. Yet only last week Truman was the editor of Details in the US, a relatively well-respected but off-beat men's magazine which did not even guarantee him front-row seats at the fashion shows.
Truman's rise has been vertiginous. He started at London's Hampstead & Highgate Express, moved stateside as US correspondent for Melody Maker, and soon after was appointed US editor for the Face. A fellow Brit, Anna Wintour, the bird-sized editor of US Vogue, took him under her wing and soon he was at Details, where he quadrupled circulation within three years.
Softly spoken and with a neat line in self- deprecating humour, James Truman was playing down rumours that his appointment will further foment the anti-British backlash taking place in New York publishing circles: 'People are trying to whip up some ridiculous jingoistic fervour, but it simply doesn't exist. Anyway, I got such abuse when I took over Details that this will be kids' play.'Reuse content