AGGREGATING STYLE: As politics and fashion become more intertwined thanks to the Obama administration, The Huffington Post sees its style section as a major potential growth platform and is putting more editorial and sales efforts behind the channel. The site has hired Samantha Fennell as executive director, sales, to oversee the fashion and luxury categories for the site. Fennell was most recently associate publisher at Elle, and spent eight years at Condé Nast in various sales positions, including advertising director at Vogue.
The HuffPo’s fashion coverage ranges from headlines on Michelle Obama’s fashion credits and Cindy McCain’s new haircut to essays on personal style and photo essays on subjects including “The Morning Joe” personality Mika Brzezinski’s shoe collection, which she keeps underneath her desk on air. “It’s been one of our most successful sections, especially now with this intersection of D.C. and style. It’s the perfect nexis for The Huffington Post,” said the site’s founder, Arianna Huffington, who also said it’s one of the most comment-filled sections.
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This month alone, the site roped in Donatella Versace to write a style blog; her first post reflected on her presence at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Versace is the latest in a line of fashion guest bloggers that includes Donna Karan, Claudia Cividino, Nanette Lepore and Kenneth Cole. Last week, one of its regular style contributors, Lesley M.M. Blume, got a deal with Chronicle Books based on a series of columns she penned for the site. “Let’s Bring Back” is about the items, trends, fashions, icons and other nostalgic paraphernalia that were once celebrated — her recommendations have included clean air, duels, supermodels of the Sixties and Seventies and Claudette Colbert films. — Stephanie D. Smith
MOVING ON: One former magazine editor has decided to move to longer-form journalism. Diane Salvatore, who was formerly editor in chief of Ladies’ Home Journal, will become vice president and publisher of Broadway Books, a division of the Crown Publishing Group division of Random House. Salvatore was editor in chief of the women’s service magazine for six years, but left during a company-wide shake-up last July at LHJ parent company Meredith Corp. She has also served as editor in chief of YM, executive director of Marie Claire, executive editor of Good Housekeeping, and worked at Redbook and Glamour. — S.D.S.
HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW: LAetcetera, the weekly spin-off from LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine, has stopped publishing after only three issues. A spokeswoman claimed the weekly hasn’t been shuttered permanently and plans are under way to revise the publishing calendar. The first issue, which followed pop culture, shopping and fashion, debuted May 10 to Sunday Los Angeles Times subscribers not already receiving the monthly magazine. — Amy Wicks