SWEET SEPTEMBER: God bless those thick September fashion magazines. Fashion ad pages picked up considerably in September. According to Publishers Information Bureau, apparel and accessories ad pages jumped 14.1 percent to 1,333.9, showing the biggest increase for the month among the 12 PIB-tracked categories.
Toiletries and cosmetics ad pages inched up 1.7 percent to 1,786.8.
But things are far from rosy in the year-to-date, with apparel and accessories ad pages down 13.3 percent to 15,750 and toiletries and cosmetics ad pages off 2.6 percent to 11,596.1, according to PIB.
VH1/VOGUE UPDATE: Tuesday night’s Vogue/VH1 Fashion Awards at Radio City Music Hall promises to be celebrity central. Expected to attend are Jennifer Lopez, John Travolta, Claire Danes, Will Farrell, Heather Graham, Kieran Culkin, Christina Ricci, Amanda Peet, LL Cool J and Rob Thomas, in addition to Gwyneth Paltrow, Venus and Serena Williams, Eve and Steven Tyler. As reported, Debra Messing is the host.
For the finale, the cast of “Hairspray” will perform “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” Given it’s a Tuesday night, even on Broadway, that might seem difficult, but the cast will run over to Radio City right after they take their curtain call at the Neil Simon Theater and will perform the song live. The show will be aired live from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on VH1, and will be repeated several times after that.
TWO-TIMING: The musical chairs continue over at Entertainment Weekly. Just weeks after managing editor Jim Seymore was bumped upstairs and executive editor Richard Sanders left for fellow Time Inc. imprint People, new managing editor Rick Tetzeli has tapped Time’s star columnist Joel Stein to rejig the back page of EW.
“He’ll be doing a humor column back there,” said Tetzeli before adding that Stein will continue to write articles for Time. The column should commence in a few weeks, though Tetzeli was not certain of a start date yet.
Reached by phone, Stein said that the details of the contract had not been finalized but that his new column would likely have both an entertainment and a personal component. “I will be writing about entertainment. I’d like to do personal stuff too, but I’m married now, so there isn’t a lot happening on that front. My first infidelity could be a good column though.”
Stein, 31, was given his column at 28, when he was tapped to write for the Notebook section, alternating with famed humorist Calvin Trillin. After Sept. 11, the Notebook section was ripped up, and Stein continued to write for the magazine’s other sections, though less frequently.
EDIT MOVES: Cosmogirl is shifting things around: former fashion director Jacqueline Azria-Palombo has been promoted to creative director, while former deputy art director Ron Gabriel has been elevated to design director. Both are newly created posts.
Azria-Palombo will continue to handle her fashion responsibilities until her successor is named, and a new deputy art director will be named soon, said a Cosmogirl spokeswoman.
Meantime, over at W, Marcus Teo, men’s editor, will become a contributing editor. He will continue to cover men’s for the magazine, but will be free to pursue other projects as well.
L.A. TIMES CHANGES: It was more of an aftershock than an earthquake at the Los Angeles Times Wednesday night as changes in the beleaguered Style section were officially announced. Senior fashion editor Valli Herman-Cohen is being reassigned to the Food section as a reporter. Fashion section editor Nancy Yoshihara will become deputy real estate editor, while Jeannine Stein’s pedestrian Fashion Police column has been canceled.
Booth Moore and Michael Quintanilla, who have tag-teamed collections coverage with Herman-Cohen, will now be responsible for women’s and men’s wear, respectively. Fashion is expected to move to Tuesday from Friday at month’s end.
RUBINFELD TO BAZAAR: The revolving door continues. Jenny Rubinfeld, fashion editor at US Weekly, is going to Harper’s Bazaar to be a fashion writer. Kristina Richards continues as the other fashion writer. Rubinfeld succeeds Melissa Ceria who left the post last January.
Rubinfeld had been at US for the past 2 1/2 years. Her successor hasn’t been named yet.
STYLISH BROS: The five Huvane brothers — Kevin, Stephen, Michael, Robert and Christopher — as well as their older sister, Denise Huvane Whalen, are featured and photographed in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. The story describes their Yonkers upbringing, starting out with one bathroom in their Grand Concourse apartment and how they are a tribe with good hair.
Asked who the best-dressed brother was, each of the brothers replied, “Stephen,” except for Stephen, who said, “Kevin.” [Stephen is partner in PMKHBH public relations, while Kevin is managing partner of Creative Artists Agency.]
Denise was more diplomatic. “All,” she said simply.