NEWS FLASH: Vogue isn’t quite delving into a redesign, but it recently “tweaked” a few things, including a new section name (Flash), a revamped table of contents and different fonts. A spokesman said the only change of this sort at the magazine in recent memory was when StyleFax became Life With André, a column by editor at large André Leon Talley. As for Flash, the name is intended to reflect the “news and spontaneity” of the section, which includes short, insider news briefs (such as a new night club opening), William Norwich’s Norwich Notes, the Party of the Month and an It Girl spotlight on Erin Fetherston. And, while editors aren’t exactly trumpeting the changes, maybe it wouldn’t hurt. After all, there is still a buzz surrounding Elle’s redesign and Harper’s Bazaar created news out of its 140th anniversary issue in November. The Vogue spokesman said editors are always taking a “fresh look” at the magazine, but did not comment definitively as to whether more changes are on the way. — Amy Wicks
STERN SURFACES: Jared Paul Stern has never been one to stay out of the spotlight for long, certainly not since the Page Six scandal of last year, in which billionaire Ron Burkle accused Stern — at the time a regular freelancer at the New York Post — of extorting him to gain favorable coverage in the paper. The U.S. Attorney eventually dropped the case, but Stern’s lawsuit alleging libel and other charges against a passel of defendants that include Burkle and Bill and Hillary Clinton is still pending (“It’s on autopilot — these things take awhile to go through the courts system,” Stern told WWD). He’s pressing on with his Skull & Bones fashion line, and he hasn’t given up on finding a publisher for his tell-all book. (Simon & Schuster backed out in the summer.) And now he’s a daily freelancer for a new men’s fashion blog, Kempt (getkempt.com), which launched last month and describes itself as “a blog dedicated to the interesting, scandalous, useful and cutting edge in the world of men’s style, fashion and grooming,” and is affiliated with the daily e-mail newsletter UrbanDaddy.com. Typical posts have picked up men’s fashion news or identified fashionable men in Los Angeles and New York, and one wondered if Daniel Craig had been a prima donna at a GQ cover shoot, having insisted on his Tom Ford bespoke suit. — Irin Carmon
This story first appeared in the December 21, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
BYE TO BG: Bergdorf Goodman’s director of public relations, Anna Pinheiro, is leaving after three-and-a-half years on the job. Pinheiro said she plans to spend more time with her family, but she also will consider consulting and freelance opportunities next year. Her last day is today, and the position has not been filled yet. Pinheiro reports to Mallory Andrews, senior vice president of sales promotion, marketing and public relations. Prior to Bergdorf Goodman, Pinheiro was a production manager at CNN Style, with Elsa Klensch. — A.W.
GIRL POWER: When Alexandra Lebenthal hosted her sixth annual Ladies Who Don’t Lunch Lunch in the 21 Club’s wine cellar last week, guests were asked to introduce themselves with a first job memory. CNBC’s “Money Honey” Maria Bartiromo recalled how working at Kleinfeld provided the guilty pleasure of trying on wedding gowns. Liz Lange noted her Brown degree wasn’t nearly as valuable as a typing school crash course in landing a lowly job at Vogue.
As for financier Lebenthal, her first gig reaped an hourly wage of 25 cents working for her grandmother, Sayra Lebenthal, a Wall Street pioneer who cofounded the family financial business with husband Louis. Gigi Mortimer, Kate Betts, Lisa Belzberg, Ann Tisch, Harper’s Bazaar publisher Valerie Salembier, Abigail Disney, New York Sun columnist Liz Peek and Lebenthal’s author sister, Claudia, and other lunchgoers cheered for Lange and Oxygen’s Gerry Laybourne for selling their respective businesses. But Lebenthal garnered the loudest applause for buying back the Lebenthal name from Merrill Lynch. — Rosemary Feitelberg