FORGET IOWA, LOOK AT KANSAS: The Iowa caucus today makes it officially an election year, and over at Vogue, that means ramped-up political coverage. The fashion title has a long history of covering politicians and the people attached to them, such as Condoleezza Rice and Elizabeth Edwards, but what about Sarah Palin and Kathleen Sebelius? The governors of Alaska and Kansas, respectively, will be featured in Vogue’s February issue, shot by Jonathan Becker, with stories written by Rebecca Johnson and John Powers. Palin, a Republican who has been in office for about a year and is rumored as a potential vice presidential candidate, was photographed at her home in Wasilla, Alaska, wearing Ralph Lauren and MaxMara. A Palin spokesman noted that the photographs represent the first pictures of the governor taken without her glasses. Sebelius, a Democrat, wore Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera during a shoot in the governor’s office and in the Kansas Senate Chambers. The issue hits newsstands later this month. — Amy Wicks
FAST MOVER: Though it may seem like Portfolio is running out of talent to poach, competitors aren’t done luring people away. Fast Company has hired Jana Meier, Portfolio’s senior associate art director. “Losing a designer of Jana’s calibre is rotten news,” wrote design director Robert Priest in a memo to staff. Fast Company, which is staffing up to fill those spiffy new World Trade Center offices, also has hired Mark Borden as senior editor. He was a reporter for Fortune (where he profiled Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy) until 2002, and more recently has been writing for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and Sports Illustrated. Anya Kamenetz, author of the acclaimed “Generation Debt,” has signed on as a staff writer. — Irin Carmon
NO LAW FOR NOW: On Wednesday, London’s Daily Telegraph reported that Jude Law might play Halston in an upcoming Weinstein Co. film — but it’s apparently too soon to name Law as the lead. “While it’s an interesting idea, there are no plans for Jude to play Halston in any upcoming film project,” said a spokesman for the actor.
This story first appeared in the January 3, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
According to industry sources, Weinstein Co.’s documentary is still in the early stages of development and hasn’t been cast yet. It’s believed Law might be attached to another Halston project being made by Killer Films, although that company told WWD to “call back in two weeks for more information.” Weinstein Co., together with Hilco Consumer Capital LLC, purchased the Halston brand in March from Neema Clothing Limited. When Harvey Weinstein revealed the acquisition, he spoke about his plans to make a documentary about the designer and his heady Studio 54 lifestyle, alongside his plans to revive the clothing brand under the creative direction of Marco Zanini and chief executive Bonnie Takhar, with Tamara Mellon and Rachel Zoe as creative consultants. — Nina Jones and A.W.