PARIS SANS WINTOUR: There will be an extra front-row seat at the Paris collections in October: Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour plans to skip the City of Light. The reason? In addition to Milan, she’s attending London Fashion Week, which she last visited in February 2006. Wintour will already be in her native city to speak at Isabella Blow’s memorial service and give a presentation for the British Society of Magazine Editors. “Unfortunately, she is not able to attend London, Milan, and Paris as well,” said a Vogue spokesman. “She needs to return to New York for the magazine.”
That said, Wintour will make a pit stop in Paris on her way back home to preview the collections. Vogue is expected to be represented in Paris with the usual crew, which includes creative director Grace Coddington, fashion director Tonne Goodman, fashion news-features director Sally Singer, fashion market-accessories director Virginia Smith, European editor at large Hamish Bowles and editor at large André Leon Talley.
Those French designers who fret over a Wintour-less front row can, of course, extend an invite to model Snejana Onopka, who was a dead-ringer for the editor in the August issue of Paris Vogue. — Marc Karimzadeh
PRINT TO WEB: Us Weekly senior reporter Shelley Reinstein is leaving the Wenner Media weekly to join MySpace in a new position in its communications department. She spent four years at the magazine, spending the last year of her tenure in L.A. Reinstein was well-regarded by her gossip brethren and respected for her ability to get close to — if not a little cozy with — her subjects. Case in point — she dog-sat Sean “Diddy” Combs’ dog after meeting him during the “Vote or Die” campaign pushing young people to vote in the 2004 presidential election. And she’s bound to find those relationships helpful in her new position in p.r. at MySpace — where Reinstein will manage entertainment content for the site, including press and promotion for its individual celebrity pages, and will take her role Monday. — Stephanie D. Smith
MARTHA SPACE: Speaking of MySpace, it’s not enough for Martha Stewart to have a presence in print, television, the Internet, home building, home goods and, come next year, your local Costco via frozen dinners. She, like most publicity-hungry magazine editors, had to take hold of MySpace as well. The multiplatform domestic grande dame launched her official MySpace page at the end of July, complete with video from her daytime talk show, “Martha,” pictures of her pets and her old modeling photos. Some of those images show Stewart in swimwear, causing one “friend” to comment “Wow! Risque! Hot!”
This story first appeared in the August 23, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Stewart also finds time to post regular entries to her MySpace blog, which she has updated from her vacation in France with Kevin Sharkey, decorating editorial director of Martha Stewart Living. According to the posts, she still finds time for offline reading in between online networking. “Kevin and I left NYC via Kennedy for Nice,” Stewart wrote in a blog post from Aug. 15. “Between us, Kevin and I had about 15 different magazines and several newspapers, and I vowed I would get through all of them before lapsing off into a fitful three-hour nap before reaching our destination.” Her stack included House & Garden, Vanity Fair — for its “profile of Ralph Lauren and a great story about the Hermès family,” Elle Decor — “delicious pâte recipe by Daniel Boulud,” and W — “some fall clothing and accessory inspiration from Michael Kors and Calvin Klein.” — S.D.S.
WHAT A GEM: Interview magazine sure is a big supporter of Van Cleef & Arpels these days. Not only are editor in chief Ingrid Sischy, publisher Sandra Brant and fashion director Annabel Tollman on the host committee for the Parisian jeweler’s upcoming “Une journée à Paris” party at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York Sept. 4, but Tollman will style a runway show during the event. Tollman stresses it is strictly a freelance gig, but added helpfully that she often uses pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels for editorial in the magazine. It is expected to be the jeweler’s largest event ever in the U.S. Prosper Assouline, Alber Elbaz, Lee Radziwill, Anne McNally, Irina Lazareanu, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Muffie Potter Aston, who formerly served as head of p.r. for the jewelry company, are also on the party’s host committee. — Amy Wicks