BLOW HOSPITALIZED: Isabella Blow, Tatler’s fashion director, has been hospitalized in London after a fall, and is in very serious condition, according to industry sources. A spokeswoman for Tatler would not confirm reports of her hospitalization, but she said Blow was currently “away” from her job, and that the Tatler staff was looking forward to her return. “She is very much a part of the Tatler team,” the spokeswoman said Monday. While the circumstances of her fall could not be learned, one source close to Blow said she had her immediate family around her and that friends and family were hoping for a full recovery. Blow, known as Issy, is a close friend and muse of milliner Philip Treacy, and is famous for spotting and promoting young talent. She was an early supporter of Alexander McQueen, buying his entire graduate collection, and the two remain close friends. A fixture in the front row of fashion shows in the U.S. and Europe, she is never without a flamboyant Treacy design on her head.
— Samantha Conti
WEDDING BELLS FOR HUGH AND JEMIMA?: Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan are engaged — or maybe not. London’s Daily Mail ran a piece on its social pages Monday trumpeting the couple’s secret engagement at Christmas, while on holiday in Barbados. According to columnist Richard Kay, the couple has been blissfully betrothed for the past six months, and have only told close friends and family.
Neither Grant’s nor Khan’s publicists would return phone calls on Monday. However, there are those who believe the paper may have an ulterior motive — to kiss and make up. On Monday afternoon, The Guardian reported on its Web site that Grant and Khan had issued legal action against the Daily Mail for an article that ran on June 3.
That piece suggested Grant and Khan had argued about Grant’s alleged secret meetings with his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Hurley, and the couple had staged recent paparazzi shots in Venice. According to The Guardian’s Web site, the libel complaint from the couple claims the first Mail article was “false and defamatory.” Grant and Khan’s legal firm, Schillings, did not return phone calls Monday. A Daily Mail spokesman declined to comment.
— Nina Jones
This story first appeared in the June 6, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
FULL MAST: Magazine editors, prepare yourselves for a sudden increase in unsolicited pitches.
The editor in chief and publisher of Women’s Travel magazine, Sabrina Sakata, has begun posting the mastheads of major consumer magazines — from Allure to Zink, about 115 so far — on her new Web site Mastheads.org. Sakata has also provided e-mail configurations to reach editors at the various publications, and plans to, along with a few volunteers, update the mastheads with any staff changes each month. “[It’s] basically my dream writing resource,” she said. “I always wished someone would put this together, and I guess last month I just stopped wishing and just got off my ass, compiled the magazines that I had subscriptions to and e-mailed some contacts to see if they wanted to contribute….So far it has been pretty easy going. Although last week I had to camp out at the Brooklyn Public Library to get about 60 updated mastheads — the periodicals librarian kept giving me dirty looks.”
Sakata started Mastheads.org without any seed money, though she will open a subscription store today for all of the magazines she is tracking, and several media, public relations and publishing companies have approached her about advertising on the site. Perhaps she should team up with the anonymous Magazinedeathpool.com for a group buy?
— Sara James