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.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)