SEEKING SHELTER: The Hearst Corp. has pulled the plug on Chic Simple after polybagging its two test issues with the company’s other women’s titles.
A catalog-ey, neo-shelter title, Chic Simple was the subject of great fanfare because its editors, Kim Johnson Gross and Jeff Stone, had worked extensively on the front-of-the-book shopping section of In Style, as well as a series of books that have been described as style for dummies. They had also penned a column for In Style.
"Working with Hearst was a good experience for both of us," said Stone on Monday. "You need to go through those things to have clarity and we’re excited about the next stage," which he declined to comment on, aside from saying that he has not given up plans for launching a magazine.
"They do well with what they do, we do well with what we do," Stone said. "It doesn’t mean we do it well together."
Hearst’s decision not to go forward with the title comes shortly after it folded Victoria, one of its other existing shelter titles. Another, House Beautiful, is being remade under new editor Mark Mayfield, who was brought in last summer to succeed Marian McEvoy. — Jacob Bernstein
ADULT SUPERVISION: Primedia editorial director Elizabeth Crow is keeping a close eye on Seventeen these days, after a pair of cover snafus caused the company more than a little embarrassment, given that the book is on the block.
Valerie Weaver, a former editor of Self whom Crow has described as her "number two," is back in Seventeen’s offices three days a week after running the magazine on Crow’s behalf last fall when it was between editors. Weaver stepped in then, after Crow had fired Annemarie Iverson and before she hired current editor Sabrina Weill. Weaver returned in the middle of March with the title of editor-at-large, but her real role, a source close to Seventeen said, is that of Crow’s eyes and ears after the May issue went to press with a highly doctored photo of Sarah Michelle Gellar on the cover.
A week after Weaver reappeared, Weill’s handpicked art director, Marcos Gago, left the company at least in part because of the cover flap. "But [Sabrina] was there, too," the source said. "What editor doesn’t sign off on her covers? And isn’t Elizabeth Crow signing off on covers these days?" Two issues before the Photoshop follies, there was a snafu of a different sort — in that case, cover subject Kristin Kreuk had her first name spelled "Kristen" on the cover and throughout the issue. And that was after a fact checker actually flagged the typo, the source said.Weaver’s there to prevent that from happening again, and, the source said, "maybe she could guide a transition team if new owners didn’t like Sabrina."
A Primedia spokesman confirmed Weaver’s title and Gago’s departure, but said that Seventeen occupied Crow’s attention "no more than usual."
— Greg Lindsay
PARTING WAYS: The exits keep coming at Harper’s Bazaar. Just weeks after it was learned the magazine’s fashion director Mary Alice Stephenson and publisher Cynthia Lewis would be leaving the magazine, fashion features director Jennifer Jackson Alfano is quitting as well. She’s not headed to a new job, but sources said her resignation was "absolutely" voluntary and had been planned for quite some time. Alfano’s resignation is the fifth major defection at the magazine since January, when accessories director Mimi Shin and celebrity wrangler Allison Oleskey departed.
A Bazaar spokeswoman said Alfano would be moving out of Manhattan and that she would continue to contribute to Bazaar on a freelance basis. In her place, the magazine has promoted fashion writer Kristina Richards O’Neill to fashion features editor. — J.B.
STAFFING UP: GQ editor Jim Nelson has found a replacement for managing editor Martin Beiser, who was fired two weeks ago. His replacement will be Robert Sabat, who had been the deputy editor of Us Weekly for about five months. "He made the trains run on time," said a Wenner source. No small feat. He starts May 5. — J.B.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)