WHAT'S UP WITH COOPER?: Art Cooper, editor in chief of GQ, isn't worried. Despite a published item in the Delaney Report that Cooper's star is beginning to fade and his art director, Fred Woodward is now reporting straight to S.I. Newhouse Jr., Cooper said it's all hogwash.
"It's the most ridiculous thing," said Cooper this week. "Believe me, it's untrue. I have no plans to leave, and S.I. [Newhouse, chairman of Conde Nast] has no plans. You can ask him. I'd love to know who leaked that to Delaney, although I have a suspicion. Once every decade some moron prints something like that, and usually that moron is Delaney. Then I get a big hug from Florio and more money."
So did he get his hug from Steven Florio, president of Conde Nast? "Yes." And what about more money? "It'll be coming."
As for the nasty Cooper rumors, Newhouse's spokeswoman told WWD: "This is absolutely, totally untrue."
Cooper has been running GQ for almost 19 years. The year got off to a shaky start, with ad pages through March off 12.4 percent, following a 13.1 percent drop last year.
"Business is tough," acknowledged Cooper. But he said Ron Galotti, the new vp, publisher, begins Monday.
"The magazine is cooking, especially with Fred. The March issue is the first one he got his hands on. It's the biggest March in a decade+.Things are cool," concluded Cooper.
McDEAN SHOOTS FOR VOGUE: Well, it looks like Craig McDean and Harper's Bazaar have officially parted ways, as reported. According to informed sources, McDean is doing a shoot for Vogue.
"We're speaking to Craig McDean and we're hoping to work with him. Nothing's happened yet," said a Vogue spokesman. However, sources indicate a shoot is under way. McDean's agent didn't return phone calls seeking comment.
THIS JUST IN: Lesley Jane Seymour, editor in chief of Marie Claire, has promoted Lucy Sykes to fashion director, succeeding Mary Alice Stephenson, who joined Harper's Bazaar in a similar post last summer. Sykes had been style director. In addition, Tracy Taylor, senior fashion editor, succeeds Sykes as style director.Meantime, WWD has learned that Kate Betts' is lining up a gig at "Extra!" where she'll become a correspondent for a fashion-oriented spin-off. Stay tuned.
NO-BRAINER: As expected, Charles Leerhsen, who's been acting editor in chief of US Weekly and was beat out by Bonnie Fuller for the top editor's post this week, is leaving the company.
"I got a great job," said Leerhsen, who declined to divulge where he's going. "I was not competing for this job. I was asked to do a memo describing my vision, and I didn't do it. Despite the fact that the owner [Jann Wenner] said I was the leading candidate, I was not an active campaigner for the job. I was his second choice."
Asked if he would have taken the job, Leerhsen said, "I wasn't taking the job unless certain circumstances were met." While money was one consideration, he said other things had to make sense.
Leehrsen has been editor of US since 1998. He said he's had two offers, one at a mostly male magazine and another at a mostly female magazine. He's accepted one of the offers, but can't talk about it until next week, since he doesn't want the staff to read in the paper that it has a new editor. Speculation centered on Sports Illustrated and Spin.
VARIETY GETS VARIETY: Variety Magazine is beefing up its fashion coverage with a special supplement called "Oscar Style," to be released March 20. "It's a history of fashion in film as well as of what people have worn to the Oscars," says Pat Saperstein, managing editor of Variety's Special Reports sections. The issue will run articles on the spas that celebrities go to for that much needed pre-Oscar touch-up as well as features on jewelry and sunglasses worn to the annual awards fest. On April 10, the trade publication will come out with its biannual supplement, "Designing Hollywood," which this year pays tribute to Los Angeles-based designers.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)