ARMANI-VOGUE TRUCE?: All fashion feuds eventually come to an end and now it looks like the ice might be thawing between Giorgio Armani and Vogue. According to Robert Triefus, executive vice president for worldwide communications at Armani SpA, the company will decide within the next 10 days whether it will be in Vogue next year. By the look of things, it seems to be a strong possibility.
“We’re currently doing planning for 2003, and there’s a fairly good chance we could be in the pages of Vogue with our Milla Jovovich campaign for Emporio Armani as well as Giorgio Armani,” Triefus said.
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Armani pulled out of Vogue this year because it didn’t like the way its collections were being covered.
According to Tom Florio, vice president and publisher of Vogue, “Nothing would make me happier for the new year than getting the Giorgio Armani brand back. We have a long relationship with them.” He said Armani advertises in the other Condé Nast magazines. “It certainly would be a great Christmas present.” Who knows — maybe Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour will even get a better seat at next season’s Armani show. She was seated to the side of the stage-like runway this October, instead of front-and-center like most of the editorial honchos at other magazines.
ROLLING AWAY: The Rolling Stone team lost another member of the Old Guard Monday with the resignation of assistant managing editor Bill Tonelli, who had worked at the magazine for three years. Tonelli was responsible for editing many of the longer, more investigative reports that appeared in the magazine — at least until new editor Ed Needham came in last summer and updated the book for the “beer and babes” set by shortening the features, excising the political coverage, and upping the magazine’s cleavage quotient. No successor has been named.
— Jacob Bernstein
COOPER’S TURN: The rumor mill might have been working overtime recently about his long-term future, but GQ editor in chief Art Cooper keeps raking in the awards for his Condé Nast wall. He’s now being inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame in recognition of his 20 years as editor of the magazine. This year, for the first time, ASME and the Magazine Publishers of America are presenting their individual lifetime achievement awards at one gala event. Edward Lewis, chairman and chief executive officer of Essence Communications Partners, will receive the Henry Johnson Fisher Award from MPA. Both awards will be presented at a dinner on Jan. 29 at the Waldorf-Astoria.
ITALIAN MAG SCENE: The landscape of Italian fashion magazines is getting a makeover. Come January, Hachette Filipacchi will launch its new edition of Italian Marie Claire with Vera Montanari as editor in chief. Italian publishing giant Mondadori had held the rights to Marie Claire, but lost them earlier this year, and the group moved quickly to find a replacement for the monthly.
Although Mondadori has been tight-lipped about its new glossy, being dubbed 3Surprise,2 it confirmed that former Italian Marie Claire editor in chief Valeria Corbetta will head the new venture. Along with Corbetta are Monica Dolfini as fashion director and Alex Gonzalez as creative director.
The monthly, set to break at the end of January, targets an international, high-income audience and Mondadori plans to publish separate English editions for Paris, London, Berlin and New York.
Meanwhile Amica, published by RCS Rizzoli Corriere della Sera and a staple fashion weekly for decades in Italy, has become a monthly in a bid to beef up ad revenues. It appears the transformation is paying off. The premiere issue contained some 332 ad pages.
— Courtney Colavita
MUNCHING AT MICHAEL’S: The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, is readying her very own talk show and she clearly isn’t wasting any time becoming part of the media set. The Weight Watching-duchess was at Michael’s on Monday with a slew of other media types, lunching with Amy Rosenblum, executive producer of “Fergie,” her TV talk show that debuts in the spring. Meanwhile, ABC Entertainment’s Susan Lyne was having a tête-à-tête with actor Andre Gregory; Gotham’s ever-present Jason Binn was dining with Hamilton South, during which time MTV Networks’ Tom Freston pulled up a chair, and ABC News This Week’s George Stephanopoulis was having lunch with a decidedly casual Dan Peres, editor in chief of Details. Other media types in the room were Michael Wolff, Maurie Perl, Scott Donaton and ICM’s Esther Newberg.
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: If you’ve already covered New York, Paris, London and the West Coast, where else do you need to shop? Italy, of course, which is why Where to Wear, the shopping guide created by Jill Fairchild, is expanding its horizons next year with an edition devoted to the delights of Milan, Florence and Rome. Fairchild launched Wear to Wear in 1999 for New York and this year added editions devoted to Paris, London, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Updated 2003 versions, as well as Wear to Wear Italy, will hit stores later this month.
Published by Fairchild & Gallagher, Where to Wear retails for $12.95 each, and is sold in stores such as Barneys, Harrods, Henri Bendel, Bloomingdale’s, Barnes & Noble and Borders. For the holidays, a special “jet setter” boxed set will include editions for New York, London, Paris and Italy. Shop away….
STRINGER LEAVES LANG: Kim Stringer, vice president of worldwide press and advertising, of Helmut Lang, has left the firm. Her replacement hasn’t been named yet. Stringer, who earlier was an editor at Vogue Japan in Tokyo, plans to return home to London.
HAYES PROMOTED AT COSMO: Rachel Hayes, deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, has been promoted to beauty director. She takes over duties formerly handled by Elaine Farley, who resigned as beauty and fashion director to join Self as beauty director. The fashion aspect of Farley’s job hasn’t been filled yet.