LEIVE EXPECTING: What’s going on with magazine editors? Is it the water or the warm winter? Whatever the reason, Cynthia Leive, editor in chief of Glamour, is the latest to join the ranks of expectant editors. Her first child is due in early November. Hopefully, the baby won’t come early since Leive plans to host Glamour’s annual Women of the Year Awards on Oct. 28. Leive joins Jane Pratt, editor in chief of Jane; Sally Singer, fashion news/features director at Vogue, and Elizabeth Saltzman, fashion director of Vanity Fair.
ABSOLUT STELLA: It appears Stella McCartney has more than just her sexy designs in common with her Gucci Group boss Tom Ford. Sources say that in the fall, McCartney will unveil a new campaign with Absolut Vodka. A spokesman for TBWA/Chiat Day declined comment (as did McCartney’s), but if the photos two years ago of Ford with the Absolut bottle suggestively placed in front of his crotch are any indication, expect it to be an eye-raising campaign.
STAYING PUT: Harper’s Bazaar will maintain its office in Paris after all. A Hearst spokesman said: “We will not be making the changes in our Paris office that we had proposed a while ago.” Bazaar, which lists four people in Paris on its masthead, informed them earlier this year that it may fold up its operation and handle business directly from New York. Hearst kindly has sent letters to its Paris staff apologizing for the scare. Surely there must be a French law against that somewhere.
FORWARD ROLLING: FHM publisher Dana Fields might not be happy to see editor in chief Ed Needham going over to Rolling Stone but there’s clearly no point in crying over spilled milk. On the contrary, she says: “It was better publicity than anything I could have gotten. Front page of the New York Times.” Fields would not comment on a successor, but she did seem to question the logic of hiring outside talent, saying coyly,:”Why would I rock the boat on something so successful?” She said media obsessives can expect an announcement as soon as today, but more likely on Monday. Some industry insiders are predicting Scott Gramling, the magazine’s deputy editor, but bringing in an international editor — the British-owned FHM prints 14 editions outside the U.S. — is also a possibility.
PROFESSOR FERRETTI: Alberta Ferretti has accepted an offer from Professor Walter Tega, president of arts and sciences at the University of Bologna, and Professor Paolo Sorcinelli, president of culture and design for Costume and Fashion, to teach a special class in the fashion and design course of study. The classes will be held this month at a high school in Rimini.
The students will be taught conceptual and methodical tools to understand and eventually produce a women’s luxury collection.
MORE MEDIA: As if there weren’t enough companies covering the media already, Newsday is stepping up its media coverage and has created a media department under Bob Tiernan, who’s been named media editor. He was formerly a technology editor in the business department. His staff will be made up of James T. Madore, a former business reporter at the paper who’s been named media writer; Aileen Jacobson, who covers magazines and publishing; Monty Than, who writes about advertising, and Verne Gay, who covers TV.
MOSCHINO HIRES: Cristiana Monfardini has joined the Milan office of Moschino as the public relations and communications director. She will handle worldwide p.r. and communications for Moschino.
She succeeds Helene Cadario, who left the company. Previously, Monfardini held p.r. posts at Escada in Munich and Paris, Ittierre in Munich, and Gianni Versace in Munich. Massimo Storni remains director of the press office and press showroom.