WHAT PEOPLE MAG DID ON ITS SUMMER VACATION: What’s cooking this summer at People magazine? Thanks to an internal editorial memo sent by assistant managing editor Larry Hackett to the magazine’s other senior staffers and then sent, unsolicited, to WWD, we can actually tell you. Then again, it’s People magazine, so you can probably guess. Cover features include: “Older Women/Younger Men;” “Touched by a Star;” “Young, Sexy, and Royal,” and “Summer of Love.” A hot little idea “that everyone loved,” according to the memo, is “Sex and the Single Mom” — Nicole, Jennifer Connelly, Meg, Calista. Other cover topics seem still under debate, for example “Sheen/Richards.” The memo reads: “Feeling was that nothing might make them cover-worthy, but it certainly would require the full monty to make it work at all.” (Actually, with Richards and Sheen, “the full monty” is a distinct possibility.) Other cover ideas include the Osbourne clan and profiles of Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Aniston and Keanu Reeves. Then, for forensic buffs, a cover devoted to the TV show “CSI”: “a short-ish set piece, to be followed by an up-front group piece on real-life pathologists and the cases they solve.”
So, that’s People’s summer — or at least it was before we printed this. Us Weekly, anyone?
This story first appeared in the June 7, 2002 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
IN THE SWIM: Sports Illustrated for Women’s editor in chief Susan Casey is giving her magazine’s annual swimsuit edition more manpower. Fifty men will be featured in this year’s “Hottest Men in Sports” swimsuit issue, up from 10 last year. Pro athletes make up the bulk of the issue, but their names won’t be released until the June 18 launch party at The Sports Club/LA at Rockefeller Plaza.
The magazine lands on newsstands June 25 and features 30 pages of swimsuit shots. This marks the debut project for SIFW’s director of photography, Geraldine Agoncillo, a former Vanity Fair staffer.
BLACKBOOK’S NEW FASHION CREW: Trend-spotting zeitgeist magazine Blackbook has a new fashion team. Nick Griffiths, the London-based stylist who has worked on shoots for The Face and Vanity Fair (and served as house stylist for the band Massive Attack) will take the reins as fashion director. Griffiths will be working with Heidi Fearon, the magazine’s new fashion editor. Their debut issue, Blackbook’s second annual “Fall Fashion/Fall Fiction,” will hit stands on August 15.