Memo Pad: Duty Calls… Michelle Obama in Glamour… Across the Twitter-Verse

Will budget cuts keep some fashion editors from making the trek to the European shows this week?

ACROSS THE POND: Will budget cuts keep some fashion editors from making the trek to the European shows this week? Some have downgraded their hotels or shortened their trips as a way to save money, while others are dispatching the same amount of editors as in the past, but are splitting them up among London, Milan and Paris. Many editors — including Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Tonne Goodman and Mark Holgate; Glamour’s Cindi Leive; Elle’s Joe Zee; Harper’s Bazaar’s Glenda Bailey; In Style’s Ariel Foxman;’s Candy Pratts Price, and Marie Claire’s Joanna Coles — are making the trek to London this season since it marks the 25th anniversary of London Fashion Week, and Burberry, a big fashion magazine advertiser, will show its Prorsum collection there, as opposed to Milan, for the first time in eight years.

After London, some editors are going to Milan and Paris, while others will only visit one city or the other. Glamour, for example, is taking four editors for the European shows instead of five last season, and the group will divide duties between Milan and Paris. Wintour will go on to Milan and part of Paris, but Goodman, Holgate, Grace Coddington, André Leon Talley, Virginia Smith, Filipa Fino, Hamish Bowles and Sally Singer will be split between the two cities. In Style is bringing four staffers instead of six this year to Europe. At Interview, fashion market director Karla Martinez and editor at large Christopher Bollen are going to London, but editorial director Fabien Baron will be in Milan and Paris, and creative director Karl Templer will attend part of Milan and all of Paris. Elle, W and Harper’s Bazaar are bringing the same crews over as usual, as is Marie Claire, including fashion director Nina Garcia. “I have ordered everyone to cut down on expenses by eating as many of the free fried basil leaf bar snacks at the Four Seasons in Milan so they won’t need supper,” editor in chief Joanna Coles said in jest. — Stephanie D. Smith and Amy Wicks

This story first appeared in the September 21, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

KATIE’S NEW GIG: “All of ’em — any of ’em that have been in front of me over all these years,” was how Sarah Palin famously answered Katie Couric’s question last year about which magazines and newspapers the vice presidential candidate read. Should Palin want to be better prepared next time, she might want to add Glamour to the list — that’s where Couric will be writing a monthly, interview-driven column beginning with the December issue. She kicks it off with an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama scheduled for next week, which a spokeswoman for Glamour said would be conducted in tandem with, but separately from, a taped interview for “CBS Evening News,” where Couric is anchor and managing editor. Couric has a long-standing relationship with the magazine, particularly its Women of the Year program, where she has been an honoree and presenter, and where her teenage daughter interned last year. — Irin Carmon

DIGITAL FASHION RECAP: Maybe it’s the economy and worries over jobs or just the overall fashion mood, but blog and Twitter postings this season during New York Fashion Week seemed more functional than fun or biting. Editors wrote about everything from the crowds during Fashion’s Night Out to the unexpected VIPs in the front row (Mickey Rourke at Max Azria?). The short, 140-character Twitter limit gave people less room for flowery comments, but encouraged some pity, fly-on-the-wall quotes. Below, WWD polled the best tweets and blog posts during the shows:

On pre-fashion week activities at Fashion’s Night Out:

“Ps: I thought FNO was a democratic event. Why are there so many velvet ropes and clipboards? I gue$$ the 80s really are back.” — Joe Zee, Sept. 10

“RL [Ralph Lauren] mansion: Anna [Wintour] sneaks up on a woman debating a FNO tee and says into her ear, ‘It’s for a good cause, you should buy it.’ — New York Magazine’s Cutblog, Sept. 10

On front-row antics:

“Lindsay Lohan sitting front row at G-Star? Predictable. A bevy of Real Housewives at Jill Stuart? Ogle-able, but not groundbreaking. Ron Jeremy at Tadashi Shoji? Now that’s the kind of…front-row spotting that makes fashion week worth blogging about…” — Glamour’s Tracey Lomrantz, Sept. 17

“Kathy Griffin to a reporter front row at Isaac: ‘This spring, it’s about sheer…Show the nipple.’ Oh my!” — Glamour’s Cindi Leive, Sept. 17

On party reporting:

“Matt Dillon hanging outside the Standard Grill. Drug dealer walks by muttering ‘Ecstasy, coke.’ When will we be done with the 80s?” — Joe Zee, Sept. 11

“Radical chic: everyone is smoking near the gas pumps!!” — New York Times’ The Moment, from the Alexander Wang/Katie Grand after party in Chelsea, Sept. 12

On opinions:

“Protestor chanting, ‘How many lamb fetuses did you sell? Carolina [Herrera] what the hell?’ Huh? Also: Carolina didn’t have fur in show.” — New York Magazine’s Cutblog, Sept. 14

“We asked Anna what she thinks about the no-pants trend. Her response: ‘I will never answer that question.’” — New York Magazine’s Cutblog, Sept. 12

On designers:

“Oh, Tory Burch. You might as well go ahead and take my wallet now.” — Glamour’s Susan Cernek, Sept. 16

“Is it just me, or is everything on the great American runway shrinking? The skirts are smaller. The fabrics look, um, cheaper. And the shows seem to be shorter, which is often a blessing.” — The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn, Sept. 14

“Welcome back Peter Som. This collection is so g.d. beautiful. Where is that trust fund when I really need it?” — Abby Gardner, Fashionista, Sept. 17


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