INTERVIEW’S LOVE-IN: As much as the masses adore celebrities, it just may be that celebrities adore each other even more. Their feelings were on display at Stephan Weiss Studio on Greenwich Street Friday night, where eminent persons from the worlds of fashion, music, art and film gathered to toast the publication of a book chronicling Interview magazine’s first decade. “It’s the first real major public event I’ve held here,” Donna Karan said of the space, which was used by her sculptor husband as his studio until his death three years ago. Around her swirled a crowd that included Helmut Lang, David Bowie, Iman, Michael Stipe, Gretchen Mol and Zac Posen, as well as any number of underground artistes awaiting their own 15 minutes.
Projected on a wall above it all was “L’Amour,” an Andy Warhol film starring, among others, a young Karl Lagerfeld. “This hasn’t been seen for about 25 years,” crowed Interview editor Ingrid Sischy. “It’s a scream, baby. Karl Lagerfeld is one of the last great libertarians.”
A little later, Lagerfeld’s new backer, Tommy Hilfiger, contemplated his own foray onto the screen as the star of a reality show that begins taping Jan. 3. “We’re deciding on a list of different challenges [for contestants],” Hilfiger said. “Everybody’s really charged up.” The designer then wandered over to the dance floor, where he chatted with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, while nearby, Visionnaire editor in chief Stephen Gan huddled with Iman, who then fell into conversation with Bruce Weber.
It was all very much in the spirit of Warhol himself, said Vogue editor at large André Leon Talley, who got his start answering phones at Interview. And Fran Lebowitz, who met him there, said Talley hasn’t really changed since. “He was always very grand, even when he was a receptionist.”
This story first appeared in the December 14, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
MOTHER, MAY I?: Redbook got a new editor in chief earlier this year, and now it has a new number two: Alison Brower is leaving her post as deputy editor overseeing features and special projects at Glamour (which, like WWD, is part of Advance Publications, Inc.) to join the Hearst-owned women’s magazine as executive editor. She starts Jan. 5, replacing Janet Siroto, who is leaving to become editorial director of Barry Diller’s InterActive Corp. Brower’s experience running Glamour’s annual “Women of the Year” issue and event will come in handy at Redbook, where she’ll oversee the similar “Mothers & Shakers” franchise.
Redbook’s editorial direction has meandered a bit in recent years as Hearst has tried to decide whether it ought to be a traditional women’s service title or a younger-serving lifestyle book. But new editor in chief Stacy Morrison has stayed the course since she took over in July, making only minor tweaks. “What I’ve done is broken open what was a really set format to allow for more variety and surprise,” she said. For her covers, she said, her strategy is to use a celebrity who “is selling comfort and a sense of completion versus pure sexuality.” While that doesn’t quite explain her choice of Britney Spears as January’s cover girl, Spears’ rumored status as a soon-to-be mom just might.