THE COVER DECISION: GQ has scored LeBron “The Decision” James for its September cover. Sources said the cover shoot had been in the works for weeks before his uberhyped — and much ridiculed — announcement was revealed on ESPN on Thursday. A spokeswoman for the magazine said it never discusses upcoming issues. No word on who photographed or interviewed the new Miami Heat star, but sources said he bumped Ryan Reynolds, who is in the new film “Buried.” James last appeared on a GQ cover in February 2009, with the story written by Joel Lovell and shot by Nathaniel Goldberg.
In other cover news, Interview has “Gossip Girl” actress and Vogue regular Blake Lively appearing on the September issue, while Cosmopolitan has Jessica Alba, Town & Country shot Tory Burch and Lucky is banking on Jessica Simpson. Details is going with Zac Efron, who last appeared on the cover for the January-February 2008 issue. And while Halle Berry is set for Vogue’s cover, her ex-flame, Gabriel Aubry, isn’t staying on the sidelines. He was shot by Details for a multiple-page editorial fashion spread that was fittingly called “The Bachelor” inside the September issue.
— Amy Wicks
FASHION STATEMENT: Glamour has signed on Anne Christensen, formerly women’s fashion director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, as executive fashion director, effective Aug. 24. She succeeds the magazine’s longtime fashion director, Xanthipi Joannides, who left last month. As for Christensen’s freelance work (which she was able to do while at T, since she was on contract), a spokeswoman for the Cindi Leive-helmed title noted: “[Christensen] has a select number of commitments that she will fulfill,” but emphasized, “This is a full-time position.” Translation: No more freelance. We think. In addition, Leive told WWD she plans to “significantly increase” fashion pages in the magazine. Christensen had been a finalist for the editor in chief’s slot at T, but those spoils ultimately went to Sally Singer, formerly of Vogue.
— Nick Axelrod
NEW FACES: Over at Town & Country, new editor in chief Stephen Drucker tapped three new editors Tuesday, including Danielle Stein, formerly senior editor at W magazine, as features editor, and Nandita Khanna, previously an associate editor at Departures, as senior editor. Stein will oversee the front-of-book and features, while Khanna will work with the fashion department on articles and features and cover home design and interiors. — N.A.