MOVIN' ON UP: The second biggest amusementthis season in Paris--after heckling the French journalists who walked out of late-starting shows--was watching the publishers of two of America's foremost fashion magazines steal other people's seats. The two dons, as Carl Portale of Elle and Ron Galotti of Vogue are now known, were routinely assigned seats in the second or third or even fourth rows by most houses, but by the time the lights went down, they somehow managed to get right up there in the front-row at many shows. "I literally had to threaten him," one public-relations woman said of Galotti. "He said he had to be in the front row or else. And I said, 'Well, let it be or else.' " Both Portale and Galotti scored major victories at Sonia Rykiel: Galotti managed to have the seat of honor next to Anna Wintour (he, too, wore sunglasses) while Portale also sat in the front row next to Elle's fashion news director, Ruth La Ferla. But a few days later at Emanuel Ungaro, the two dons were back in the sixth row with all the other ad salesmen. "Ron kept his face in his hands, and so did Carl," said someone nearby. "They didn't want anyone to see them. I kinda felt sorry for them."
NO MORE TIMES: Hal Rubenstein is leaving the New York Times, where he worked as men's fashion editor. Rubenstein had been under contract to the paper, but "his arrangement with us ends March 31," said Claudia Payne, director of fashion news at the Times. Rubenstein has joined Time Warner's In Style as editor-at-large. He said he'll work on planning special issues and "helping the magazine get involved with other media, such as TV." "I want to work for a company that's not afraid of the future," Rubenstein said. As for a new men's fashion editor at the Times, Payne said, "We're looking." Rubenstein's final men's edition of Fashions of the Times appears Sunday.
STOP: The Stop Sexual Harassment Campaign, the first national, multimedia campaign on the issue of harassment in the workplace, is under way. Companies supporting the project include Capital Cities/ABC, Hearst Magazines, Chrysler Corp. and Murad Skin Research Laboratories.A print campaign created pro bono by Bozell Worldwide and photographed by Sheila Metzner will appear in more than 20 national magazines throughout the year. More than $25 million worth of space has been donated. The ads, which detail conversations between two colleagues, broke this month in Redbook and Parade. A new public-service announcement, developed through American Women in Radio and Television and Capital Cities/ABC, will also appear on network, local and cable TV.MAY JOINS T&C: David May has been named associate publisher of Town & Country. He had been senior vice presdent of fragrances for Lancaster Group Worldwide Inc., and was one of four individuals who established Lancaster in the U.S. May succeeds William S. David, who becomes associate publisher of House Beautiful. May will report to Molly Schaefer, publisher of T&C. In an unrelated move at Lancaster, Nina Korelitz, vice president of marketing for the Lancaster brand, has also left the company. Lancaster said it plans to announce successors to both positions soon.
MODELING STEW: John Casablancas, chairman of Elite, is so outraged at the way he is portrayed in Michael Gross's exposA of the modeling industry, "Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women," he has asked his lawyers to stop William Morrow from distributing the book. He also demanded the publisher delete what Casablancas calls "outright lies" about his personal and professional life. "We've put William Morrow's general counsel on notice that this book contains libelous and malicious material," says Casablancas' lawyer, Edward Curtin. "We are taking whatever action is necessary. We are demanding that they not ship and suggesting that unless they retract the erroneous statements, they have major exposure," said Curtin. Debra Weaver, counsel to William Morrow, said the book is expected to be in stores by this weekend. "From my point of view, the book is shipping. We have every confidence the book is well researched. We stand behind Michael and his reporting. We've told Mr. Casablancas's lawyer that if he has any concerns, we'll respond in good faith."
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty