PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE: While Martha Nelson, managing editor of People, is probably less engaged in her catfight with Bonnie Fuller, editor in chief of Us Weekly, than the media pundits who are writing about it, that doesn't mean she's averse to...
PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE: While Martha Nelson, managing editor of People, is probably less engaged in her catfight with Bonnie Fuller, editor in chief of Us Weekly, than the media pundits who are writing about it, that doesn't mean she's averse to bringing in some fresh blood.Last month, Nelson brought design director Rina Migliaccio on as a freelancer to help put together a special fall style special. But Nelson is said to be pleased with Migliaccio's performance and is in talks with her about possibly coming over permanently, though it does not appear as of yet that Migliaccio is being tapped to replace longtime design director Philip Simone. A People spokeswoman said "she is more than busy with the special issues. No offer has been made. Philip Simone continues in his role as design director."Migliaccio is said by sources to be seriously considering the prospect, but she has also been working for the last four months on Maer Roshan's Radar, which is still in talks with potential backers. And Migliaccio, who wouldn't be caught dead buying a magazine at a checkout counter unless it were sold at Dean & Deluca's, is hardly what you would call the prototypical People magazine reader. Still, the mock up on Roshan's magazine is done, so there isn't a lot for her to do until a deal is sealed, sources say.Elsewhere in People news, Sophfronia Scott, the associate editor who edited the StyleWatch column, is moving over to little sister publication Teen People as senior entertainment editor, where she will take on some of the duties previously held by Jeremy Helligar, who recently left for rival Us Weekly. People also got some fresh blood when, as reported, Albert Kim was brought over as an assistant managing editor from fellow Time Inc. imprint Sports Illustrated, following an unsuccessful attempt by Fuller to bring him to Us.Who knows how they'll squeeze these new hires on the masthead. The mammoth-sized People already has five assistant managing editors, three executive editors, eight senior editors, and sixteen associate editors. None of this is exactly what you would call a mass exodus.REVAMPING TOMMY: Tommy Hilfiger is remodelling its Web site tommy.com, which has over 3.2 million unique visitors, with new features that include a Live Chat, which will debut today at 3 p.m. with Tommy Hilfiger model Jason Shaw. Hilfiger himself is scheduled for an appearance some time this fall. The chats are offered at CLUBTommy, the online members-only fan club that has 440,000 registered users. Other new features include a Stylescope-monthly fashion horoscope and, for all you aspiring models out there, e-shots, which provide photos of attendees at Hilfiger-sponsored events.CODDINGTON PARTY: Call it a "payback party": after having co-hosted the CFDA after-party honoring Harper's Bazaar creative director Stephen Gan, Karl Lagerfeld will be feting the release of CFDA award-winner Grace Coddington's forthcoming book "Grace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue," published by Lagerfeld's imprint Edition 7L. Co-hosted by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, the affair will take place July 9 during the Paris couture shows at Lagerfeld's 7L bookstore/gallery on the Rue de Lille. Roughly 100 prospective guests have been sent invitations.KNIGHT MUSIC: Linda Evangelista on the accordion? Karen Elson in concert? Photographer Nick Knight draws out the hidden sides of models, fashion designers and fellow photographers in his very own Web site showstudio.com. Knight's aim is to reveal what goes on during the creative process and show his audience what happens when fashion and artsy types break new ground. "It's nothing revolutionary, but what we're trying to do is deal with issues and images that the magazines won't touch," he said. "And we're free to do what we want: There are no advertisers and we're not out to make a profit." Knight originally asked Evangelista to croon for one of the site's "singing covers," but instead she offered to play Pink Floyd on the accordion. Elson, however, obliged and is featured in a video shot by Craig McDean. Site surfers can also download the pattern for an "exclusive, mystery garment" designed by Yohji Yamamoto and watch the designer and fashion illustrator Julie Verhoeven at work in her studio. "I like the idea of live projects because the endings haven't been rehearsed. I enjoy watching all the mistakes that can happen," he said.JAQUI'S SHOT: America is a democracy, after all, so as the Fourth of July approaches, House Beautiful is offering readers a chance to vote on both its September cover and coverlines. Five different cover options are featured on housebeautiful.com, among them Saks Fifth Avenue's senior vice president of fashion merchandising Jaqui Lividini's Connecticut home, which was photographed last month. Lividini happens to be the only individual who's featured on one of the covers. The others show rooms, mantelpieces and place settings.Lividini was photographed in her living room with the coverline, "Goodbye Clutter," and both her house and the coverline have received the majority of votes so far: 216 votes, or 27.2 percent, for the house and 57.4 percent for the coverline, beating out others such as "Step-By-Step Closet Makeovers," and "Dressing Your Room for Fall." So far, 793 votes have been cast--and no Florida recounts are expected.GAP PR: Gap Inc. is beefing up its New York-based fashion public relations staff, naming Sean Krebs as senior manager, public relations for Gap, reporting to Rachel DiCarlo, vice president, fashion public relations. Krebs was public relations director of Tocca for two years and worked as a senior account executive for agencies including Crespi & Mariani and Loving & Weintraub prior to that.TEEN REPRESENTATIVE: If you meet the fitness-mad president, don't expect any lunch. Barbara O'Dair, managing editor of Teen People, was among top editors invited to attend a briefing with President George W. Bush at the White House last Thursday to discuss his new health and fitness initiative. Others included Men's Journal's Sid Evans; Sports Illustrated's Steve Rushin and Fitness' Emily Listfield."He [Bush] is trying to promote better nutrition and regular exercise for everyone, with a special emphasis on older people. I went down there to talk about teenagers," said O'Dair, the only editor representing the teen category. She pointed out that adolescent obesity is on the rise and affects 26 percent of the teenage population. Teens also suffer from eating disorders.Bush told the group he "barely survived" his two daughter's teenage years, but said they enjoyed exercising. He wants to develop ways to make exercise "cool."That said, the editors filed out after their one-hour meeting and hopped back onto the shuttle without the offer of even a carrot stick.HEARST TAPS MILLER:Norman Miller has joined The Hearst Group as group advertising director, a new post. Most recently, he was luxury goods director for Vogue, prior to which he held the same post at W.Miller's successor at Vogue is Diane Mattioli, former luxury products director at GQ.Miller reports to Jeffrey Hamill, senior vice president, advertising sales and marketing, The Hearst Group.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)