SPECIAL EXIT: The streamlining of editorial duties continues at People, which has pruned its workforce as part of Time Inc.'s drive to cut 289 employees. The weekly has reorganized its Specials department, in charge of producing stellar newsstand performers like Sexiest Man Alive and Hottest Bachelors, so that the regular weekly staff will also produce the themed titles. Previously, a group of about a dozen photo editors, reporters and other full-time staffers, along with a team of freelancers, produced those issues, reporting to Specials editor Liz Sporkin. "We aim for flexibility, so all staff has an opportunity to be involved with the Weekly, Specials and people.com," said a spokeswoman about the move.
The Specials department used to sit on the 29th floor, but now its office will be taken up by People's Stylewatch staff. Stylewatch started as a column in the magazine but has grown to a ten-times-a-year spin-off and has its own staff helmed by editor Susan Kaufmann. Meanwhile, nutritional spin-off Your Diet is apparently on hold for now, the last issue being in spring 2005. A source said the title took a lot of manpower, but failed to generate the ideal mix of advertisers.
Sporkin will continue to oversee Specials, though it is unclear if employees from the department will be dispatched to other People assignments. However, a memo from managing editor Larry Hackett on Friday regarding the closures of the Austin, Chicago, Washington and Miami bureaus said People had received enough voluntary departures among its Newspaper Guild-covered staff in all categories except for the copy department, where the volunteer window will remain open for another two weeks. — Stephanie D. Smith
ALL HAL, ALL THE TIME: Another glimpse of that promised digital future over at Time Inc: In Style fashion director Hal Rubenstein is lending his voice to the cacophony of online fashion week coverage. His daily videos on instyle.com boast far higher production values than the average blogger or YouTuber, though they also fall prey to the unfortunate jungle-lite scoring that so often accompanies runway footage. Rubenstein opines about each designer's offering, interspersed with runway-side commentary from celebrities like John Legend and Katharine McPhee. He'll cap it off with a tips-heavy roundup Monday. — Irin CarmonPUBLISHER SHUFFLE: Speculation about a publisher shuffle at some of Condé Nast's underperforming titles has swirled for months, but the company instead came up with a surprise swap between publishers at two of its better performers. Vice president and publisher Giulio Capua is leaving Gourmet to join Architectural Digest, while Amy Churgin is leaving Architectural Digest to go to Gourmet. The changes are effective immediately.
Both publishers are well-liked within the company, according to insiders, and the switch was in the works for some time. Gourmet's Capua had a strong year in terms of ad pages in 2006, finishing up 7.3 percent at 1,352 pages. Architectural Digest's pages finished flat at 1,709 pages, according to Publishers Information Bureau.
Capua joined Gourmet in June 2002, and was named vice president in 2004. Prior to Gourmet, he spent 12 years at GQ, working his way up from sales representative to associate publisher. Churgin has served as publisher of Architectural Digest since November 1999, and was named a vice president in 2001. Prior to joining Condé Nast, she was group publisher at Primedia, where she oversaw New York, Chicago, and Automobile, and also held positions at Seventeen, Elle and European Travel & Life. — S.D.S.
WHERE'S ROGER?: Last season, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour conspicuously squired tennis champ Roger Federer around the shows — including in the front row at Marc Jacobs — and he later ended up being profiled in Men's Vogue. Not this time round, though, for the champ. At Monday night's Marc Jacobs show, Wintour accompanied singer and actor Harry Connick Jr. So is a Men's Vogue cover or profile in the works? No, a spokesman said. "They're just friends. They've known each other for a long time. It's a consequence of their friendship and not out of any forthcoming editorial," he explained. But one thing was clear from the chuckles between the duo: Wintour doesn't hold a grudge against Connick ribbing her at last year's CFDA Awards, when he swiped her trademark Chanel sunglasses and evening clutch and proclaimed while presenting the Menswear Designer of the Year Award: "Anna, how do you see out of those things?"— S.D.S.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews