LOCKING THEM IN: When Jack Griffin left Meredith Corp. to become chief executive officer of Time Inc., sources say he also left behind co-workers that he contractually agreed not to hire for two years. On Wednesday, Meredith went the extra step to make sure key employees won’t be jumping ship anytime soon, with the announcement of 11 promotions, including Andy Sareyan, who was promoted to president of consumer brands, and Michael Brownstein, who has the new title of executive vice president and chief revenue officer. As already reported, Tom Harty, national media group president, succeeded Griffin.
— Amy Wicks
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CUTS LOOMING: By most accounts, The Washington Post Co. promised to sell Newsweek to Sidney Harman last month largely because his bid promised to keep the most employees in place. The question of layoffs at the struggling magazine has since seemed more a matter of “when” than “if.” The future cleared up a little on Wednesday at a company meeting held by Harman and chief executive officer Tom Ascheim at the magazine’s Hudson Street offices. Staffers learned their new owner will retain 75 percent of the company’s employees, and that the entire workforce will receive letters on Sept. 24 containing either a job offer or a severance package, a source with knowledge of the meeting said. When The Washington Post Co. announced the sale on Aug. 2, a spokeswoman for the publisher said the magazine had 350 employees, which would mean about 90 severance deals. The final number could be less, given the flood of high-profile editorial departures in the last month.
— Matthew Lynch
GLAMOUR’S NEW ACCESSORIES DIRECTOR: After a summer packed with high-profile comings and goings, the revolving door continues to spin at Glamour’s fashion department. Last week, the magazine’s longtime accessories director, Rae Ann Scandroli-Herman, said she was leaving, using that famous phrase: “to pursue other interests,” according to a spokeswoman. Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive and executive fashion director Anne Christensen wasted no time in finding a replacement. Effective Sept. 20 (and just in time to zip off to Milan), Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton, most recently senior vice president of communications and public relations for Tod’s and Roger Vivier, will assume the role of accessories director at the magazine. Prior to joining Tod’s last October, Gunlocke Fenton held positions at Chanel and Town & Country.
— Nick Axelrod
PARTY TIME: From Daphne Guinness and Carolina Herrera to Wendi Murdoch and Diane Kruger, those who attended Vanity Fair’s annual best-dressed luncheon on Wednesday at the Monkey Bar (where else?) were predictably styled and coiffed to the hilt, posing for pictures before sitting down to chopped salad and salmon. Lunch chatter quickly turned to fashion week and Fashion’s Night Out. “I just started working for my mother again,” said Patricia Lansing, daughter of Herrera. “I’m really excited that fashion week is moving to Lincoln Center. I think it’s great for the city.”
Nacho Figueras, wearing Ralph Lauren Black Label (he’s been the face of the brand since its inception, in 2005), said last year, he participated in the festivities at the Bleecker Street store, but this year, he didn’t have plans. “We are going back to Argentina soon,” he noted, sitting alongside wife Delfina Blaquier. Dylan Lauren skipped lunch but spent the time chatting with Tory Burch.
Speaking of the big event on Friday, André Leon Talley said he’ll take Serena Williams as his date to various spots all over the city. Talley co-hosted a breakfast Wednesday morning with Tyra Banks to kick off the latest cycle of “America’s Next Top Model.” At the event, reporters were seated in the dining room at Marea and were told they would be visited by Talley and Banks for only 10 minutes — a setup that had many comparing the morning to a speed-dating session with the duo.