Memo Pad: Moving On Up…To 43rd Street…Fresh Powder…Rising Star
MOVING ON UP…TO 43RD STREET: Stefano Tonchi went into work at Esquire on Monday morning and, according to sources, told editor in chief David Granger that he was leaving for the Style editor post at The New York Times Magazine. This...
MOVING ON UP…TO 43RD STREET: Stefano Tonchi went into work at Esquire on Monday morning and, according to sources, told editor in chief David Granger that he was leaving for the Style editor post at The New York Times Magazine. This confirms a report that ran in Monday’s WWD saying Esquire’s former fashion creative director was the top choice for the job. An announcement of Tonchi’s appointment should come from the Times today or Wednesday.
The position, which opened up after Amy Spindler became ill, is one of the most prestigious jobs in fashion journalism. During Spindler’s tenure, Fashions of the Times became a critical and commercial success. Advertising skyrocketed, reaching a high of more than 140 pages in the fall of 2002, despite being one of the worst years on record for the rest of the magazine community. Spindler will become a cultural critic when she returns to the paper.
Under Spindler, the Times magazine also launched Style and Entertaining, another biannual fashion supplement edited by Billy Norwich, bringing the total number of publications she oversaw to eight per year (the Times also publishes Home Design and Men’s Fashions of the Times twice a year in addition to weekly style coverage).
Most sources inside the Times think Tonchi’s role will be slightly different than his predecessor’s. A stylist rather than a writer, Tonchi may not oversee things like the weekly food coverage, which had typically fallen under Spindler’s watch. He also will have some of the same constraints Spindler did. Many on the department’s staff are members of the Times’ union, and their style backgrounds makes them difficult to move within the company, should Tonchi want to put some of his own people in place.
Tonchi beat out a group that included Vogue fashion news-features director Sally Singer and Time Style & Design editor Kate Betts. — Jacob Bernstein
FRESH POWDER: Jason Binn is heading to the slopes next summer to add a fourth link to his chain of regional uberglossies. Binn’s Niche Media, the publisher of Hamptons, Gotham and L.A. Confidential, will launch an Aspen-based title in 2004 with a plan to publish at a yet-to-be-determined frequency during the summer and November-December seasons.When it does, Binn and his partner, Jerry Powers — who publishes Miami’s Ocean Drive and Las Vegas’ eponymous glossy — will have colonized all of America’s jet-set stops at a moment when city magazines appear to be hot properties. Vegas launched in June and Chicago’s Tribune Co. now competes with Binn in Los Angeles and on Long Island with a magazine named Distinction. Tribune is also taking a more serious-than-expected look at New York Magazine, several sources close to the sale process said, and, reportedly, so is Binn.
Binn, who is in Palm Springs this week for the American Magazine Conference, declined to comment on New York, but was eager to test prospective names for his Aspen title on attendees (Aspen Magazine already exists).
“How do you feel about Aspen Extreme?” he asked, before bracing himself for the answer.
— Greg Lindsay
RISING STAR: Last week, Star Magazine rolled out its redesigned and expanded issue. With a price jump of 80 cents, to $2.99 from $2.19, the company took an enormous risk.
But while large price jumps on the newsstand can alienate readers over a period of time, and while not a home run, the initial results were fairly good. According to sources in the industry, the issue sold around 1 million copies, slightly higher than previous weeks.
“We’re very pleased with the results,” said editorial director Bonnie Fuller. “The thing is, we’re giving them an extra 24 pages, a new paper nationwide and more photos than Star ever had and a denser format, so there’s more stories. So we feel there’s great value—and I’ve got 45 minutes to close my last few pages,” she said before departing to deal with the Star’s new deadline structure.
@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)