UP WITH PEOPLE: Things are clicking into place over at Time Inc. Two weeks ago, WWD reported that People managing editor Martha Nelson had taken on a slightly larger role within the company and was now overseeing Teen People, as well. Then on Wednesday, an internal company memo outlined two promotions at the weekly. On Nelson’s recommendation, Larry Hackett has been named People’s deputy managing editor. Hackett, previously executive editor, said the title bump doesn’t signal any significant changes in his responsibilities. “It’ll be pretty much the same,” he said. “I’ll be sitting in for Martha when she’s away.” A People spokeswoman confirmed Hackett had subbed for Nelson when she was traveling this fall. Meanwhile, assistant managing editor Peter Castro was promoted to executive editor, filling Hackett’s vacated spot on the masthead.
COMING UP TRUMPS: Donald Trump unveiled an interesting philosophy of fragrance at Macy’s Herald Square Wednesday night: “Any man who wears this fragrance can have any woman — or man — that you want; it’s your choice!” the charismatic businessman told an overflow crowd. Trump’s fragrance hit its first retail accounts — about 450 Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Marshall Field’s doors — 10 days ago, with more expected this spring. For his part, Estée Lauder Cos. chief William Lauder — Trump’s fragrance partner — had another view. “Reports are that the scent is doing wonderfully,” he said. “So no one will say to me, ‘You’re fired.’”
Trump’s suit business also is going great guns, said Macy’s fashion consultant Richard Pulkoski, who sold 23 Trump suits in a day and a half, sight unseen: “That’s never happened before in my 12 years here,” he said. “They heard ‘Trump,’ and said, ‘Put it on the MasterCard.’” Too bad The Donald promotes Visa.
STARS AND STRIPES: It was straight to the business of shopping for Angela and Margherita Missoni when they arrived in L.A. this week for the first U.S. retrospective of their work, held at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills on Tuesday night. Mother and daughter headed to vintage shops such as the Paper Bag Princess in West Hollywood and The Way We Wore on La Brea, where they bought, among other things, a late-Fifties vintage Missoni shirt. “We always try to buy back vintage pieces for the archives,” said Margherita Missoni, who expertly balanced champagne and a plate of shu mai while greeting several generations of Missoni-clad guests, including Rita Wilson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Poppy Montgomery, who all had come outfitted to pay homage to the more than 50-year-old design house. Mandy Moore wore a vintage Missoni dress, and Mena Suvari chose a piece from the fall collection. Even Quincy Jones had earned his stripes, so to speak, and came clad in Missoni. But the real honor of the night belonged to Lois Aldren, wife of the former astronaut Buzz, who arrived with her husband in a veritable Missoni medley of a skirt, tunic and scarf. “Buzz had never been to Neiman Marcus before tonight,” said Aldren, adding that the pair had, however, gone to Italy about six years as guests of the Missonis. “They made him a sweater with moons on it.”
HAMMER TIME: Ines de la Fressange is selling the family jewels. The former Chanel model and designer, now director and communications coordinator of the Roger Vivier shoe company, will auction the vast majority of her jewelry collection on Dec. 14 at Sotheby’s in Paris. “I don’t like the idea of accumulating too much,” said de la Fressange, adding that most of the pieces, including important vintage pieces by Boucheron, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, were passed to her by her grandmother. “She was very sophisticated,” quipped de la Fressange. “My tastes are a little more modest.”
RUNWAY TAKEOFF: Heidi Klum and gang were at the PM Lounge in the Meatpacking District Tuesday celebrating the premier of “Project Runway” on the Bravo cable network the following night.
Klum hosts the program, in which 12 up-and-coming designers compete for the opportunity to show a collection in Bryant Park in February. “Our designers, they’re just all geniuses and it was really hard letting them go one by one,” said Klum.
Michael Kors, who was one of the show’s judges, said, “It’s a great group of designers because they’re so diverse. It’s kind of like a mini Seventh on Sixth.”
In Kors’ estimate, the judges were very honest but not mean, or at least not meaner than what the designers will have to face in the rough and tumble world of fashion.
The designers will need more than fashion sense to make it, though. Deborah Lloyd, who is executive vice president of product and design at Banana Republic and will appear in one of the episodes, agreed the group was talented, but said the designers also had to sell themselves. “You have to be a business person, as well,” she said.
L’Oréal Paris, Banana Republic, Cotton Inc. and Elle are all sponsors of the show.