As the restructuring at Time Inc. continues, one of the company’s former editorial heavyweights is building the next stage of his career.
Former InStyle editorial director and People StyleWatch editor in chief Ariel Foxman will kick off “Tuesdays @ The Skylark,” a new fashion forum, on Sept. 20. The morning event will be his first public appearance since exiting Time in July after eight years with the company.
The event’s moderator, Foxman will be joined by Hilldun’s Gary Wassner and Castanea Partners’ operating partner Ron Frasch in a conversation aptly titled “Control Shift Command: The Keys to Fashion Success Today.” Both executives have been immersed in the fashion industry for years. During the past two years at Castanea Partners, Frasch has overseen the private equity firm’s investments in a bevy of companies including Proenza Schouler.
In addition to being chief executive officer of Hilldun and chairman of InterLuxe Holdings LLC, Wassner is also a champion of the St. Louis Fashion Fund. Non-industry types will get to know him after the Oct. 20 launch of Lifetime’s “Project Runway: Fashion Startup.” Wassner will be ranking the talent with Rebecca Minkoff, Birchbox cofounder and ceo Katia Beauchamp and Gwynnie Bee’s founder and ceo Christine Hunsicker. “It premieres right after ‘Project Runway,’” so it should be good.” Wassner said, during an interview at last week’s fashion show and fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton at Manhattan’s Spring Studios.
Next week’s breakfast and conversation will be held at The Skylark, which is a 30th floor cocktail lounge at 200 West 39th Street. The Skylark’s David Rabin and real estate executive Bob Savitt developed the idea for the series to bring together industry executives with start-ups and up-and-comers. Next week’s event will be the first of an ongoing quarterly series. The Midtown Manhattan location is meant to cultivate camaraderie among the increasingly diversified businesses in what is the crossroads of Times Square and the Garment District. Each panel discussion will focus on a different theme such as technology, journalism and cuisine.