MAN IN MOTION: Karl Lagerfeld is the star of a short fly-on-the-wall documentary recording his movements on Sept. 10, as he went to work at Chanel’s headquarters, caused media mayhem as he attended Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out in Paris and posed for a photo shoot. The title, “The Blonde and I,” refers to blonde-haired television reporter Alexandra Golovanoff, who shadowed Lagerfeld throughout the day. The piece shows Lagerfeld sketching an outfit at breakneck speed and being caught by surprise as Carla Bruni-Sarkozy calls during a live radio show to wish him happy birthday. He even finds the time to head to an airport to feature in a late-night photo shoot in front of airplane, saying playfully, “I look good on the runway.” The 10-minute segment aired Sunday on French television channel Paris Premiere.
— Elena Berton
This story first appeared in the November 2, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
MORE CHANGE AT BUSINESSWEEK: Keith Fox is leaving BusinessWeek as president but will stay with McGraw-Hill Cos. His departure follows news last week that editor in chief Stephen Adler is also stepping down. In a statement, chairman Norman Pearlstine said, “I got to know Keith during the weeks we were doing due diligence prior to agreeing to acquire BusinessWeek. I was impressed by his in-depth understanding of BusinessWeek and its potential.” While Fox is leaving, Pearlstine said many senior managers will remain after the magazine is acquired by Bloomberg. In a memo to the staff, Fox said he would continue to play a role in the integration post-close. — Amy Wicks
A COVER WITH BITE: Word has it Harper’s Bazaar will be targeting a younger audience with its December cover, which is expected to feature “Twilight” stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Sources told WWD the cover was shot by Mark Seliger. A Harper’s Bazaar spokeswoman said the magazine does not discuss upcoming editorial.
— Amy Wicks
SHOPPING MOOD: At least Departures is in a shopping state of mind, even if most consumers aren’t. The November/December issue is slugged “How We Shop Now,” which includes an expanded edition of its Dress Code column and a cover designed by Simon Doonan. And — in the hopes of boosting those ad pages — the March issue will be completely devoted to fashion, where the majority of Departures’ architecture, food, travel and design coverage will infuse a touch of style in some way. Editor in chief Richard David Story headed to Italy this past weekend to pen a story on Ermenegildo Zegna. The article will include photographs of the family’s private villa, shot by Anders Overgaard. Story will also cohost a fashion dinner Tuesday evening in Italy at the Bulgari Hotel to introduce the issue with Ed Kelly, American Express Publishing president and chief executive officer.
To help sell the issue (and others), Departures hired Karen Uzel as luxury advertising director. She joins after working for 10 years at Town & Country. As for other executive changes, Adam Bookbinder was promoted to creative director. Bookbinder succeeds Bernard Scharf, who left earlier this month to join sister title Travel + Leisure. Scharf spent 17 years at Departures in various roles. Bookbinder joined Departures in 2006 as art director; he worked at Vanity Fair prior to that.
— Stephanie D. Smith