DESPERATION, MEET SCANDAL: Newsweek editor Jon Meacham last week said two wealthy individuals left him voice mails after The Washington Post Co. said it would put the struggling magazine on the selling block. Meacham further noted he might be interested in partnering with a few people to buy the unprofitable newsweekly. Cut to Tuesday afternoon at Michael’s restaurant — where no person goes unnoticed and where Meacham was spotted having lunch with none other than falling Wall Street tycoon (and President Obama’s former car czar) Steven Rattner. The former Quadrangle Group executive — whose star has been severely tarnished by the investigation by the New York State Attorney General and the Securities and Exchange Commission into his involvement in a pension kickback scandal — certainly knows the print world since he was a reporter at The New York Times before moving into finance and since Quadrangle made several media deals while he was there. So perhaps Rattner is considering a move on his own or with others into the magazine business? He could certainly use some good press, even if he owns it. Neither Meacham nor Rattner responded to WWD at press time. — Amy Wicks
This story first appeared in the May 12, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
SNAPSHOT: Photographers and photography lovers alike came out Monday night for the International Center of Photography’s 26th annual Infinity Awards, held at Pier Sixty on the Hudson River. Among those spotted were Ann Curry, Christiane Amanpour, Calvin Klein, Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brant, Moby, Leonard Lauder, Mark Seliger, Craig McDean and Mary Ellen Mark, as well as Stefano Tonchi and date Lynn Hirschberg, Hamish Bowles, Ariel Foxman, Cathie Black, Joanna Coles, David Granger and Glenda Bailey, who tried (but failed) to skip the step-and-repeat. “I just want a glass of wine!” Bailey moaned to the event’s publicist. Tough — she had to pose for a few snaps, although she eventually got her wine and some food (a Mario Batali-designed dinner menu was served during the three-hour ceremony).
This year, the figure-eight-shaped trophies went to photographers Lorna Simpson, Daniele Tamagni, Raphaël Dallaporta, Reza and South African photojournalist Peter Magubane, and writers Sarah Greenough and Luc Sante. Gilbert C. Maurer, a Hearst Corp. board member and former chief operating officer, received the ICP Trustees Award, and John G. Morris — “the world’s most influential photo editor,” according to the program notes — a sprightly nonagenarian, took home the Lifetime Achievement award, presented to him by Amanpour. The distinguished news anchor served another purpose at night’s end — she offered Bailey a ride home in her Town Car, an invitation the Harper’s Bazaar editor swiftly accepted. Hey, budgets are tight everywhere. — Nick Axelrod
FORGET BRICKS AND MORTAR: Lucky magazine is getting into the pop-up store business, but it won’t be happening on a trendy corner in SoHo. The title is avoiding those construction costs and launching the store online, with a one-day sale on Facebook. In partnership with HSN, Lucky is working with five designers, including Foley + Corinna and Thread, to sell exclusive pieces. The sale will begin on Friday and Lucky and HSN will receive a portion of all proceeds. — A.W.