GOT HER!: Hillary Clinton was careful enough to sidestep the pages of Vogue, but not enough to avoid Harper’s Bazaar. The senator pulled out of a photo shoot with Vogue in the fall for fear of appearing too feminine, causing that magazine’s editor in chief, Anna Wintour, to write an editor’s letter voicing her disappointment. But Clinton appears alongside a model wearing a miniskirt and platform heels in a spread called “The Politics of Fashion” in Bazaar’s February issue. The spread also includes Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson (who dropped out of the race on Tuesday), Barack Obama, John Edwards, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg.
So how did Bazaar get all those fast-traveling presidential candidates to stand around and pose with models? Easy: the camera lies. Photographer Peter Lindbergh shot model Nadja Auermann near life-size cutouts of the candidates. The magazine bought the images for the cutouts from a photo agency. The lifelike shots look real enough at a quick glance, even the shot with Romney snacking on a doughnut as he answers questions from a reporter (Auermann).
This story first appeared in the January 23, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
And does Bazaar admit the shoot is a fake? Not really, although a spokeswoman for the magazine pointed out that a teaser under the story headline should tip the reader off. It reads: “They’re smart and savvy and have made for TV smiles, but can you believe everything you see?” Clinton is wearing a white pantsuit in the photos, an outfit similar to a “niftily tailored white silk pantsuit by Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein” that Wintour suggests for Clinton in her editor’s note. Clinton’s camp had no comment on the Bazaar photographs. — Stephanie D. Smith
TOMMY’S BACK: Tommy Hilfiger is returning to “The Oprah Winfrey Show” today, but it shouldn’t be as controversial as his first appearance last year when he firmly defended his brand and its stance on racism. This time should be somewhat easier: The designer is part of a show themed “What Makes America, America.” Hilfiger will be talking about inspirations for his recent book, “Iconic America” — a celebration of quintessential American iconography released in the fall. — S.D.S.
CITY’S NEW RESIDENTS: Longtime creative director Fabrice Frere has moved on from City magazine to start his own agency, but City editorial director and publisher John McDonald — also the restaurateur responsible for the newly refurbished 44 at the Royalton — has already found a successor. Eddie Brannan, who was until 2006 creative director at BlackBook and was a founding editor of Trace, will have big shoes to fill: last year, the comparatively tiny City beat Vogue, W and Details for the ASME Award for Photo Portfolio, and it also won for photography in 2004. McDonald has also added a fashion director, Julie Ragolia, who has styled editorial for international editions of W and Vogue, among others, and who founded a fashion and art publishing project called Playground. Frere will stay on the masthead as editor at large. — Irin Carmon
ANOTHER HIRE: Teen Vogue associate publisher Alison Adler Matz was a favorite to be named publisher of the teen title, after a corporate reshuffling left the position vacant. But Glamour vice president and publisher Bill Wackermann, who this month was promoted to senior vice president, publishing director with additional oversight of the Bridal Group, roped Matz into Glamour’s sales force instead. Matz will become that magazine’s associate publisher, and will help oversee the day-to-day sales operations. Prior to Teen Vogue, Matz was associate publisher at House & Garden and associate publisher at Wenner Media’s Us Weekly. A publisher, and now an associate publisher, for Teen Vogue have yet to be named. Meanwhile, Jamie Engel has been named associate publisher of Details, replacing Marc Berger, who was named publisher of Men’s Vogue. — S.D.S.