TALKING TECH: Tina Brown touched down in Los Angeles Tuesday to host Burberry’s 3-D presentation of its London runway show (tape delayed rather than live, to accommodate the cocktail-hour event at Hollywood’s Milk Studios). In terms of innovations at The Daily Beast, Brown had the site’s president, Stephen Colvin, formerly of CNET and Dennis Publishing, in tow, along with newly appointed Los Angeles sales manager John Livesay, formerly of W magazine. The site already features ads from Benetton and Burberry, and Colvin said he’s working on custom programs with Gucci, Bottega Veneta and British Airways, among others. As for regionalizing the site, Brown said she wants to keep it all on a national and international platform.
She also talked about The Daily Beast’s first annual Women in the World Summit, taking place at New York City’s Hudson Theatre March 12 to 14 and featuring speakers including Meryl Streep, Queen Rania of Jordan, Madeleine Albright, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters and Cherie Blair, as well as a Julie Taymor-directed play on opening night. “I’ve spent six months developing the concept,” Brown said.
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Also present at the screening was “The September Issue” director R.J. Cutler, who recently inked a deal with Fox to produce scripted content for television. Although he was tight-lipped about any fashion-related shows, he said: “I have several exciting projects in the work and some of them were informed by my work on ‘The September Issue,’ so stay tuned.”
Cutler also just finished filming Rag & Bone team Marcus Wainwright and David Neville during New York Fashion Week for a short film he’s directing in collaboration with Starbucks. Next up is his interview with Grace Coddington and André Leon Talley.
— Marcy Medina
SHORT CUTS: Milan Fashion Week’s shortened calendar sparked yet another controversy on Thursday, when Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of Italian Vogue, told daily newspaper Corriere della Sera the day before that the country’s Chamber of Fashion was “not able to manage a calendar. The Chamber should be in charge of this, but it’s not: It is embarrassing to have three days and a half of shows.” Before the Prada show, Sozzani was less vehement and said she simply meant it is a must to “organize the calendar in a balanced way. Milan’s fashion week is the most important in the world. I don’t see why it should be shorter than the others. It’s pointless to point one’s finger at a single person [American Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour]. We are free to do what we want in our own country.”
Subsequently, Mario Boselli, head of the Chamber, said the fact that Wintour was in Milan on Thursday was a success that proved what the Chamber has been vying for all along. “It was enough to schedule two strong brands, Prada and Fendi, today, to see Ms. Wintour in Milan. Now I hope everyone will let the Chamber work. This is an association that deserves respect, that has always worked seriously, transparently and without any conflict of interest.”
— Luisa Zargani
NEW POST: Giulia Masla, who resigned as Gucci’s director of worldwide public relations and events in November after an 18-year tenure, has teamed up with p.r. veteran Noona Smith-Petersen, who set up her own agency in 2006. Masla will be working with clients such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Valentino, Aquilano e Rimondi, Francesco Scognamiglio, N.21 by Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Web Eyewear and a number of special projects. Separately, she also is helping in the relaunch of Malo.
— Alessandra Ilari
SEEING RED: Senior editor Mark Kirby has departed from GQ after three years at the magazine. Kirby is headed to ReD Associates, a small consulting firm that is based in Copenhagen but has a new office in New York. A spokeswoman for GQ said the magazine is interviewing candidates.
BACK IN THE CLUB: Following a two-decade absence from the Magazine Publishers of America, Wenner Media is rejoining the group. A spokesman confirmed the move. Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men’s Journal, isn’t the only media company that’s rejected the MPA in the past. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. and American Media Inc. are no longer associated with the organization. New York magazine had formerly left the MPA, but has since rejoined.