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Memo Pad: Confusion at Pop Magazine… Blogging Back…

Bauer Media's newly relaunched Pop magazine named a starry editorial board last week, but the roles and players are still unclear.

CLEARING THINGS UP — OR NOT: Bauer Media’s newly relaunched Pop magazine named a starry editorial board last week, whose members include Alice Rawsthorn, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Peter Saville. But there seems to be some confusion over exactly who’s on the team and what their roles will be.

One person the group won’t include is Daphne Guinness, despite Pop editorial director Ashley Heath’s earlier claims she’d be on the board. “While I have admired the work of the editorial team at Pop for some time, it was not correct to say that I had agreed to be on the editorial board,” Guinness said. “While it was flattering to have been asked, I do not want to be so closely associated with one magazine. I am very fond of Ashley and there is every possibility that we will work on a project at some point in the future.”

As for Heath, he said of Guinness, “She wants to be seen as media neutral, and I respect Daphne’s wishes on that. The important thing is Daphne feels she can contribute to the magazine going forward in a free and adventurous manner.”

There also seems to be some confusion about Olympia Scarry’s role. Scarry told WWD last week that she would be artistic director. Not so, according to Heath, who said her role will be announced along with the rest of the magazine’s creative team.

Heath stressed the group won’t be actually running the magazine, adding he plans to reveal the full editorial team in London after the Paris shows. “The editorial board is very important, but it’s not the masthead. I think there’s been some confusion over that,” he said. “The concept of the editorial board is a group of collaborative friends or trustees who constantly talk through and enhance ideas the magazine is considering covering. [They’re like] the guardians of our Pop universe, and therefore of Pop the magazine.” Do they get superhero costumes?

— Nina Jones

BLOGGING BACK: Sara Nelson, the editor in chief of Publishers Weekly until she was laid off in February, has continued to write about the book business for The Daily Beast and TheWrap.com since her departure. But the editor is taking a more personal approach in her new Reinvention Diary for More.com. The blog is where Nelson will discuss the challenge of both finding a new job and managing her newfound free time. “I’m not interested in writing a survival guide,” she said of her blog. Instead, she reflects on her emotional discoveries and trials, such as digesting the plethora of advice from peers — “If one more person tells me I should ‘take some time to think about what I want next,’ I think I’ll scream. Again,” she wrote in her third post. While the tone of her blog steers clear from bitterness against her former employer, Nelson admits that unemployment does at times stir some emotions. “While I have been luckier than some people and have had some interest in my work, it’s really day-to-day. My mood is like the weather in San Francisco, one minute it’s great, the next it’s horrible,” she said. Nevertheless, she has surprised herself by her own resilience. “I didn’t think I was going to fall apart, but I’ve been in a more philosophical mood than I thought I would be.” Nelson plans on posting twice a week and will continue the blog for three months.

— Stephanie D. Smith

ON SECOND THOUGHT: This week, Vogue executive beauty director Toria Garrett was due to join In Style as advertising director, beauty and lifestyle. But just when another Vogue colleague, Connie Anne Phillips, signed on as publisher, Garrett returned to Condé Nast. Garrett was appointed advertising director at Vogue, an expanded role that gives her oversight of Vogue’s beauty clients and non-endemic business, and was hired back by associate publisher Tim O’Connor. She first joined Vogue in 2005 as beauty marketing director; she also held various top-level marketing positions at Calvin Klein and L’Oréal.

— S.D.S.

KEEPING MUM: Kelly Killoren Bensimon has been a familiar face in fashion circles for years, but she’s becoming more of a household name now, on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City.” She finished taping the reality show late last year, and now is on to new things — including a turn as stylist, consultant and model for the new Saks Fifth Avenue catalogue. On Wednesday, she invited friends including Isabel Dupre and Ivan Bart of IMG Models to lunch at Saks to fete her new partnership. Dupre, who formerly was at Elle, is now styling for In Style, while Bart, who works with Gisele Bündchen, was peppered with questions about the supermodel’s recent nuptials. “They are the perfect couple,” he said of Bündchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. “Other than that, you’re not going to get anything else from me.”

— Amy Wicks

 

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