The last time we caught up BuzzFeed's Amy Odell (who formerly helmed The Cut), she was telling us about the site's just-launched women's vertical, Shift, which she's been heading up ever since.
Almost exactly a year later, we've learned that Shift will soon make way for the launch of BuzzFeed Fashion, a new permanent fashion-only vertical that Odell will head up. Yep--Amy Odell is back in fashion. Oh, and she's also writing a book! More on that later.
Since its inception, Shift has been serving up interesting, largely original content on topics that interest women, from breast feeding to Occupy Wall Street taking on unpaid internships, to BuzzFeed-y things like "3 Easy Ways To Upcycle Credit Cards Into Jewelry."
BuzzFeed Fashion, launching April 8, will also do that. "We want to have original content across the board, but we will find ways to cover the stories that everyone's talking about, that everyone wants to read about, but in our own unique way." She'll also be "applying the BuzzFeed format to fashion," referring to the sites signature often-viral photo lists. She points out Shift's hilarious "24 Ridiculous Ways Fashion Week People Dealt With The Blizzard" as an example. "It's an interesting challenge to take something like fashion that's niche and taking it mass, while at the same time making it feel insidery, but I think we've been able to do that and I think it's really exciting that a site like BuzzFeed that is so big and gets so much traffic wants to move into this space."
Like the rest of BuzzFeed, the new channel will be image-heavy. "There are so many amazing ads and editorials that BuzzFeed isn't doing that much with now that I think we can put up and showcase well and bring attention to really great photography and up-and-coming photographers." She also hopes to get models into the office to film GIFs.
Odell won't be doing it alone. She's brought on London-based Alex Rees, formerly of The Cut. "He's so great and so funny and his voice and my voice just go together really well, so it seemed like a really natural and easy decision to bring him on board."
Shift will still exist, but it will be divided into two sections--fashion and DIY. The latter will be run by Peggy Wang, who is presently a contributing editor at Shift. But why' Odell tells us Shift has been doing well and getting tons of traffic--"something like eight million uniques a month"--and that BuzzFeed noticed that the fashion content was doing exceptionally well--well enough to get its own section. "People that are into fashion really just want fashion," she said. (We hope so!)
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