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.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews