Gabe Doppelt is joining MTV Tuesday, and has reportedly been hired to develop home shopping programs for MTV, VH-1 and Nickelodeon. Sources say the cable channel is undergoing a six-month test in the home...
Gabe Doppelt is joining MTV Tuesday, and has reportedly been hired to develop home shopping programs for MTV, VH-1 and Nickelodeon. Sources say the cable channel is undergoing a six-month test in the home shopping arena, and may develop half-hour shopping programs. Doppelt resigned in October as editor-in-chief of Mademoiselle. An MTV Networks spokeswoman said, "We do not comment on personnel matters," but added, "We have been considering programming related to home shopping, which would be a natural for us."
The beleaguered Styles of the Times section of the Sunday New York Times is changing again. This time, it's adding color. Beginning in late February or early March, the Styles section will add color to various features, which will push up deadlines for much of the section, sometimes as much as a week to 10 days. The Times already features color in some other Sunday sections, including Travel, the Book Review and Real Estate.
GUESS WHO'S PUBLISHING?
It's no secret that Paul Marciano, president of Guess, loves magazines -- just look at his media buy. Now he's offering one himself, called Guess Journal. Marciano said he'll publish three to four times a year and distribute to retailers and customers around the world. He hopes to sell it on newsstands eventually for $3. The journal showcases current Guess products, prices and store locations. Some 120,000 copies of the first issue were printed. But Marciano told WWD, "I have no ambitions for it to become a magazine, but I hope it will be something people will look forward to." The premiere issue features Bridget Hall, who had been pegged as the next "Guess girl." But Marciano was peeved at Hall's appearances in Ralph Lauren and Pepe campaigns, so, he said, it's on to the next girl. Guess Journal features an eclectic group of stories and photographs, ranging from recycling and the environment to "Beverly Hills: 24 Hours in the City of Glamour" (complete with hotel and restaurant listings). It also features the current Guess ad campaign."It's a tool of assistance for all our licensees," said Marciano. Right now the only ads are from Guess and its licensees, but Marciano said it could potentially carry others "that blend with Guess."ANDERSEN FILE
"I have some thoughts [about fashion coverage], but they're not specific enough to announce the Andersen Doctrine," said Kurt Andersen, who was named editor of New York magazine this week. Anderson said, however, he'd like New York's fashion coverage to become more reportorial. "It's a business full of rich stories and is important to the city. I don't think I see enough of it in New York [magazine]." Andersen said he'll do "whatever it takes" to bring that coverage to the magazine. The former editor-at-large at Time magazine begins Feb. 7.
Amy Astley has been named beauty editor of Vogue, a new post. She had been Vogue's beauty associate since early last year. It's widely speculated that Astley will take over many of the responsibilities of beauty director Shirley Lord, who is moving into "new media," which involves various electronic publishing projects.
Sources say Chanel wants Uma Thurman to become its next fragrance model, but no deal has been signed. Jean Hoehn Zimmerman, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Chanel, declined comment but did say the company is looking at several ad agencies in the U.S. and France to handle a women's fragrance project.
STOLI WITH A TWIST
Will fashion and lifestyle magazines benefit from Michel Roux's new liaison -- Stolichnaya vodka? Hopefully, say publishers.Beginning Feb. 1, Roux will give up distribution rights to Absolut, which he helped build into the nation's best-selling imported vodka, and take on Stolichnaya. While it's still too early to talk about his ad plans, Roux said he'll continue to help artists, designers, writers and composers. "I'm not saying I'll do the same advertising that I did with Absolut, but I will involve artists and fashion designers." Roux said he'll be reviewing ad agencies in February, "and then we'll start fresh."
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast