CARL'S NEW ADDRESS: To borrow a thought from Douglas MacArthur, old publishers never die, they just move on to the competition. As expected, Carl Portale, former publisher of Harper's Bazaar, has been named...
CARL'S NEW ADDRESS: To borrow a thought from Douglas MacArthur, old publishers never die, they just move on to the competition. As expected, Carl Portale, former publisher of Harper's Bazaar, has been named publisher of Elle. He succeeds Diane Silberstein, who resigned this month to become publisher of The New Yorker. Portale served as publisher of HB for 3 1/3 years and was replaced in August when Anne Sutherland Fuchs, the former publisher of Vogue, left Condé Nast for Hearst. At the time, Portale was shifted to director of special projects at Hearst, a job with few specific duties. Portale will report to David Pecker, president and chief executive officer of Hachette Filipacci Magazines. "I went through quite a few publishers at Condé Nast and Hearst, and even outside our industry," Pecker said of his search. "We're up 12 percent, and we've won back our second-place position from Harper's Bazaar. Our growth areas are retail and fashion, and when I looked at the business Harper's Bazaar had, it was retail and fashion. To take Elle to the next level, we feel very good that he's the right person." Still, over at 44th and Madison, they're maintaining a stiff upper lip. "I think Carl's a fantastic competitor, and I look forward to having him in the field again," said Ronald A. Galotti, publisher of Vogue. "I have competed with him for the last 15 years, and he's never won."
CHANGES AT VOGUE: Ra£l Martinez, art director of Vogue, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. He will stay at the magazine through the end of the year. Martinez joined Vogue in 1988 as associate art director and was named art director in 1991. No successor has been named, said a Condé Nast spokesman.
FRAGRANT FUTURE: Maybe all those scent strips had an effect on Kathy Neisloss Leventhal. The former Allure and Vanity Fair publisher has resigned from Condé Nast, where she had become corporate director of special projects, to work on the fragrance line that's being launched next year by florist and party planner Robert Isabell. Isabell said Leventhal doesn't have a specific title yet, but she's part of the executive committee with "broad" responsibilities.END OF DEPECHE: Dépêche Mode, the French fashion monthly targeted at French women in their 20s, is going out of business. The December-January edition will be the last of the magazine, which is owned by Troupe Editions Mondiales, the Paris-based publisher. Mondiales also controls one other fashion publication, Modes et Travaux, plus TV guide Tale Poke, Auto Plus and Studio. Dépêche Mode's future was rumored to be shaky since June, when U.K. publisher EMAP acquired Groupe Editions Mondiales from Cora Revillon, the holding company of Philippe Bouriez, the former owner of Karl Lagerfeld's fashion house, for $140 million. "It's a great pity, but we really did not fit into this new group. There were no real synergies," explained Margareth Figueiredo, Dépêche Mode's financial director. Figueiredo added that she is in talks with two French groups to buy the title, but declined to reveal their identities. Dépêche Mode has a monthly circulation of 70,000, but has been losing money for some time. However, the magazine is expected to end the year with increased ad sales. "We were moving in the right direction, though perhaps not quick enough," said Figueiredo.
DIANE'S SHOW MUST GO ON: When Diane Von Furstenberg took her friend Barry Diller to QVC, he was so impressed, he took over the shopping network. But as Von Furstenberg prepares to celebrate her second anniversary on QVC, Diller, who is selling the network, is preparing to leave. Diller's departure won't put a crimp in Von Furstenberg's QVC activity. She has five shows scheduled in November, including Casual Chic, a knit collection; Silk Assets, colorful silk separates, and Gifts of Luxury. Gifts, which will air on Nov. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m., will feature such "affordable luxuries" as his and hers pajamas for $98, a chenille cable scarf for $55, and Zodiac pendants for $36. Since her QVC debut in November 1992, Von Furstenberg has sold more than $20 million worth of goods.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye