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THE GRAY LADY WEARS PRADA?: Is the New York Times zeroing in on a replacement for Stefano Tonchi at T magazine? Perhaps. The name being bandied about the most in media circles as Tonchi’s likely successor is Sally Singer, Vogue’s fashion news/features director. Multiple sources say Singer, who joined Vogue in 1999 from New York magazine, is a finalist for the top slot at the Times’ multisubject Sunday supplement. T has been operating without a chief as of last week, which was Tonchi’s first as editor in chief of W. (He spent it wandering the aisles and streets of Milan for the furniture fair.) However, insiders say it could be another month before the Times makes — or announces — its choice for T.
Singer didn’t return an e-mail seeking comment, while a Vogue spokesman said, “We are very pleased that Sally is here at Vogue, and we understand that she feels pleased to be here.” And a Times spokeswoman offered, “We have not named an editor. We’ll announce when we have one.” — Nick Axelrod
This story first appeared in the April 19, 2010 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
CRUZ CONTROL: French Vogue tapped Penélope Cruz as guest editor of its May issue, which typically is themed around the Cannes Film Festival. The 210-page issue has three cover choices: Cruz with Bono; Cruz with Meryl Streep, or Cruz with Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Streep. “She was very intense and precise about what she wanted,” said Olivier Lalanne, associate editor in chief at French Vogue. The Spanish actress enlisted friend and director Pedro Almodóvar to interview actress Jeanne Moreau in a feature titled “Talk to Her.” Cruz showed her talent on the other side of the camera and included her digital snaps of a pregnant Salma Hayek, or Javier Bardem chatting with Sean Penn at a bar in California. Meanwhile, the Spanish actress poses in spring fashions in a feature photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. John Galliano also contributed to the Cruz issue, with a collage depicting the actress and Almodovar. The issue hits newsstands this week with a cover price of 4.90 euros, or $6.65 at current exchange. — Natasha Montrose
IF A TREE FALLS…: Press invitations to tonight’s “free and open to the public” lecture by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour (and follow-up Q&A with Hamish Bowles) at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn were reneged Friday afternoon. “Due to the extraordinary response for this event,” read a form letter from Pratt received by WWD, “and the institute’s priority to seat students and other members of the Pratt community, we are at maximum capacity and unfortunately no longer able to accommodate any press seating for Monday’s lecture as we had initially hoped.” Wintour’s comments will still probably be all over the Internet, as laypeople will no doubt spend the evening tweeting and blogging the play-by-play. — N.A.