NEW M.E. SOUGHT AT HB: Despite earlier denials, Harper’s Bazaar has a search out for a new managing editor. The job was posted Wednesday on mediabistro.com. In August, Bazaar denied reports that its managing editor, Perry Van der Meer, had resigned. But this week, a Hearst spokeswoman said Van der Meer indeed has left the company and his replacement hasn’t been named yet.
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SEVENTEEN AGAIN: The rumor mill continued to churn on Thursday as new candidates for the Seventeen editor in chief job began to surface. One scenario making the rounds had Catherine Romano, a deputy editor at Readers Digest, and former editor under Mark Golin at Details and Maxim, taking the top job. But industry sources continued to argue that Primedia editorial director Elizabeth Crow might look to Atoosa Rubinstein’s Cosmogirl, which made sizeable gains on newsstands in the first half and which has two strong lieutenants under the editor in chief who might be looking for a step up. One is executive editor Sabrina Solin Weill and the other is deputy editor Susan Schulz.
A spokeswoman for Hearst, Cosmogirl’s parent, said that while Hearst couldn’t confirm those rumors, it came “as no surprise that they would want to pluck from our masthead.”
A new editor is expected to be named in the next week or so. Crow didn’t respond to a call for comment. The job has been vacant since the end of August, when Annemarie Iverson was let go.
— Jacob Bernstein
WINNERS’ CIRCLE: The girls had their night again at Glamour’s 2002 “Women of the Year Awards” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alanis Morissette, Amy Pascal, Lauren Manning, Kate Spade, Oral Lee Brown, Kelly Clark, Sherron Watkins, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and the female castmembers of “Saturday Night Live,” were this year’s winners. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the award to Manning, a Cantor Fitzgerald executive who was severely burned during the Sept. 11 attacks, and praised “her determination to get her life back.” Receiving a standing ovation, Manning said she always wanted to be a Glamour Woman of the Year. “Next time I hope I won’t go the same extremes to get here,” she said.
Upon accepting her award, Morissette said, “I feel grateful to express myself through my songs — my anger, my joy, or fear or tumult. Any woman who’s alive deserves an award like this.” Clark, an Olympic gold medalist in women’s snowboarding, tripped over a few words while accepting her award, and joked, “Lucky I’m a better snowboarder than public speaker.”
Jennifer Lopez presented an award to Pascal, vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Commenting that a lot of male execs criticize her movies as “chick flicks,” Pascal said, “Nights like this help me say ‘screw ‘em.’”
Meanwhile, Katie Couric, who won a WOW Woman award — she was a Glamour Women of the Year in 1992 — said she’s glad her daughter was in the audience to hear these stories of strength and moxie. “They’re changing the world, just like you will, but no pressure.”
Finally, Sigourney Weaver, who, in addition to her numerous movie credits, appeared this year in “The Guys,” a drama about the aftermath of Sept. 11 directed by her husband, Jim Simpson, took home the Lifetime Achievement Award. She said she was blown away by all the inspirational stories she heard during the evening. “I should have brought my daughter. She’s 12 and is doing homework. This would have been a better use of her time.”
BOOKING SPACE: Every well-dressed girl should be well-read as well. That appears to be the thinking behind Bergdorf Goodman’s new 400-square-foot Assouline Boutique, that opens Monday on the seventh floor. It’s the first time a French publishing house has opened a book boutique within a retail store in the U.S. A freestanding Assouline boutique will open in Milan in December, followed by stores in Paris, London and Berlin.
The opening will be kicked off with a party at Bergdorf’s next Thursday at 6 p.m., where authors Oscar de la Renta, Daniel Boulud, Roxanne Lowit, Pamela Hanson, Marion Maneker and Rena Sindi will sign books.
CARR ON CARR: On the subject of books, Parsons School of Design will throw a party for a new book, “Zack Carr,” written by his brother, George Carr (powerHouse Books). A 1973 Parsons graduate and long-time creative director of Calvin Klein Inc., Zack Carr died of cancer in 2000. The book, which hits stores Nov. 15, is art directed by Sam Shahid and includes reproductions of Carr’s private sketchbooks and fashions from the Zack Carr Collection. A book signing and reception will be co-hosted by such industry figures as Calvin Klein, Kelly Klein, Sheryl and Barry Schwartz, Isabella Rossellini and Bruce Weber next Thursday evening at Parsons.