AT LAST: Karl Templer has finally signed on to be creative director at Interview. Templer, who styled a Bruce Weber photo essay on New Orleans for April’s W, finalized the deal to join the magazine Thursday. WWD reported early this month that Templer was in talks to join Interview, but he had to sever relationships with several magazines in the U.S. in order to take the job. A spokeswoman for Interview said Templer will continue to work with his fashion clients and select editorials. He will join Interview in June, but will consult on earlier issues.
Interview also appointed Rebecca Sinn as entertainment editor, a new position. Sinn was most recently talent director for the Web site Fifth Medium and was formerly features associate of Vanity Fair.
Meanwhile, September may be the official relaunch of the title under co-editorial directors Glenn O’Brien and Fabien Baron, but in the meantime the first cover of the post-Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brant era will feature Maggie Gyllenhaal. For the May cover, the actress was shot in London (since she was on location there for a film) by photographer Bryan Adams. A spokeswoman said this is Gyllenhaal’s first cover for the magazine. Sources said Interview first asked Terry Richardson to do the shoot, but he was too busy. The spokeswoman said she didn’t know anything about whether Richardson was asked. The May issue hits newsstands the week of April 21. — Stephanie D. Smith and Amy Wicks
DEEPING SIX: Even Page Six is being affected by the sagging economy — the New York Post has shuttered pagesix.com after three months in operation. “Given the difficulty in the economy, it was not the right time for this launch,” said Jennifer Jehn, senior vice president of pagesix.com. A total of 18 editorial and support staffers will be let go, but three employees will be reassigned within the Post.
But does the closure of pagesix.com foreshadow tough times ahead for another spin-off of the gossip brand, Page Six The Magazine? The weekly glossy was launched in September (before the brunt of the economic downturn was felt) with a total of 96 pages in the debut issue. Editor in chief Margi Conklin acknowledged to WWD at the time that the size would drop to “around 68 pages going forward.” Last weekend’s issue carried 48 pages, though Mercedes-Benz did advertise on the back cover. So could the spin-off be closed? Col Allen, editor in chief of the New York Post, downplayed the notion as preposterous: “No way. You wish.” — S. D.S.
HIS VERY OWN STEW: Conan O’Brien’s request has been granted. After spending the last two nights talking about the St. Patrick’s Day stew recipe that was printed in Good Housekeeping, Rosemary Ellis, editor in chief of the magazine, decided to make amends through an appearance on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” on Thursday night. Ellis personally delivered the stew to O’Brien, who made it “more Irish” by adding Lucky Charms, Jameson and Guinness. Ellis also presented the show host with a lifetime subscription to the magazine, putting his face on a mock cover. — A.W.
PRETTY GOOD GUIDANCE: The modeling industry has faced such a backlash from the number of toothpick-thin models on the runway that even Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour voiced her frustration in her April editor’s letter, describing the models during the New York fall collections as “pale and thin, entirely lacking in the joyfulness and charm that once defined the supermodels.” But Eleni Renton wants to ensure young pretties have a healthier sense of self on the runways. The longtime model booker oversees modeling agency Quintessentially Models, a division of luxury lifestyle group Quintessentially.
The agency, which launched last month, will give models access to a network of nutritionists, personal trainers and financial advisers. “I don’t want to see unhealthy girls anymore,” said Renton. “Even if it’s just baby steps to making a difference, that’s where I want to be.”
The modeling agency will advise its stable of 120 girls on diet and health, personal finance and wealth management through partnerships with Barclays Wealth, organic food manufacturer Organic Pharmacy and Pilates firm Core Power Pilates. Bookers themselves also will have more time to focus on their girls, with each booker managing about 20 girls. Additionally, Quintessentially Models will not accept girls that are size zero, and will maintain an ethnically diverse cast of models. Renton will sign girls as young as age 16, but will organize them in a division called Next Generation. “We want them to have longevity,” explained Renton. And Renton won’t end contracts when a model gets her first gray hair. “At the moment our oldest model is 45. That’s not an age cap. I have a woman who came to see me who’s near 60.” None of the models have booked campaigns or walked in any of the major shows this season (the firm hatched around the time of the fall collections), but the girls who have signed have worked for clients including Brazilian Vogue, Grazia, Oil of Olay and Lancôme. — S.D.S.
LETTER FROM LONDON: While Thursday marked the opening of Acne Jeans stores in both Paris and New York, Wednesday saw the multidisciplinary Swedish brand launch its magazine, Acne Paper, in the ballroom of London’s Claridge’s Hotel. The Champagne-fueled event, complete with a turbaned Tabla player providing background music, drew a hipster crowd including Chrissie Hynde, Henry Holland, Liberty Ross and Daisy de Villeneuve, many of whom were clad in the label’s signature drainpipe jeans. “I think it was important for us to do something in London, it’s such a stimulating and creative city,” said Thomas Persson, editor in chief of Acne Paper, who had chosen exoticism as its theme for spring. “It was really interesting to explore — exoticism used to be about newness, but now we can Google everything, so it’s different from the past,” added Persson. And Persson said the brand is so enamored of London, an Acne jeans store for the city is in the works, with posh Mayfair a possible location. — Nina Jones