W magazine's Stefano Tonchi added another name to the hatful of potential Deborah Needleman successors at WSJ.: "Vanessa Friedman, the style editor from the Financial Times, is really, really talented. If she wants to work more, that would be a great job," the former T editor told Fashion Week Daily. "She knows fashion well. I don't know if she has a visual background, but she could hire a great art director."
Conveniently, Friedman herself was nearby and able to comment on Tonchi's suggestion soon thereafter: "That's very nice of Stefano! I'm very happy at the FT," she said. "My head is so in Paris fashion week at the moment, and out of New York media ... It depends on what they want, and I don't know what they want." Presumably this means they haven't reached out to her ... yet.