Mouchette Bell, former fashion director of New York's now-defunct Mademoiselle magazine, has joined in the new position of fashion editor-at-large, working exclusively for Elle in the UK.
Meanwhile Lucie Kearney has been promoted from fashion editor to senior fashion editor, although Iain R Webb remains in overall charge as fashion director.
Editor Sarah Bailey said: 'Lucie is going to be more of an ambassador for Elle, having more contact with the PR community.'
The new sections in Elle are unveiled in the April issue, covering parties and cooking. The latter, Elle's Kitchen, will concentrate on 'sexy, easy food,' said Bailey.