TIMES TAKES TWO: The Gray Lady is getting more than her roots done. In August, the paper plans to spruce up its fashion and design-related magazines with a more comprehensive look. Instead of publishing Fashions of The Times, Style & Entertaining, Men’s Fashions and Home Design twice a year, the four Part II’s, as the folks on 43rd Street call them, are expected to be folded into one magazine that will be published eight times a year.
The format’s nitty-gritty is expected to be revealed within the next week or two. The newspaper’s daily fashion coverage should not be dented by the change.
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“Readers will still find the things they know very well,” said Stefano Tonchi, style editor at The New York Times Magazine.
One thing that will be missing is Michael Boodro, consulting editor, who is packing up to be features director at Elle Decor. He follows on the heels of William Norwich, Adam Moss and Hugo Lindgren.
Boodro’s post should be filled in the next few weeks. “People from The Times family will be the first to be called, but we have a lot of people who need to be replaced,” Tonchi said.
Blending together content from the four magazines should lead to more of a lifestyle read, Tonchi said. There will also be more coverage of accessories, watches, industrial design and technology — categories that haven’t gotten a lot of ink in the past, Tonchi said. They have also been healthier sectors for ads. But Tonchi said editorial, not advertising, is driving the bus. “It’s definitely editorial. This is The New York Times. We don’t talk to advertising.”
That said, the Part II’s combined annual pages are expected to remain between 600 and 700, “if not more.” Tonchi said.
One insider speculated, “Change is the plastic surgery of journalism.” But whether that change adds up to bad Botox or more freedom remains to be seen. “There will be more variety perhaps, but not more freedom,” one staffer said. — Rosemary Feitelberg
SELF SHUFFLE: Cynthia Hall Searight, most recently creative director for Bride’s, where she helped create the debut issue of Bride’s Special Issue Receptions, is joining Self as creative director, effective May 3. She succeeds design director Kati Korpijaakko, who has left the company.
Also at Self, Sara Austin, senior features editor, has been promoted to news director, a new post. Earlier she was senior news editor at Marie Claire. — Lisa Lockwood
A REEL LOVE STORY: Along with his relationship with model Athena Curry, aspiring fashion photographer Shawn Regruto has chronicled the darker side of New York’s nightlife in his first film, “Point & Shoot.” Heroin, cocaine, pot and a racy game of “Truth or Dare” get some screen time in the 92-minute flick, which premieres Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Carmen Kass, Patrick McMullin and Betsey Johnson are featured in the documentary, which is dedicated to Regruto’s friend Davide Sorrenti, who died of a drug overdose in January 1997. As for whether Curry and Regruto are still together, his publicist would only offer “can’t say.” — R.F.