NEW HOMMES: With ubiquitous British bad-boy rocker Pete Doherty on the cover (shot by Mario Testino), the new issue of Vogues Hommes International heralds its relaunch under the editorial direction of Carine Roitfeld and editor in chief Olivier Lalanne, who took over last year from Bruno Danto, who spent only a year atop the Condé Nast title. With the same duo that oversees French Vogue guiding the ship, the book was bound to bear similarities to its big sister. Roitfeld’s proclivity for steamy photo spreads is present (one has horseshoes bound to men’s crotches) as well as a certain soigné take on fashionable living, with the requisite lists of hotels and restaurants. As is par for men’s mags these days, there are articles on sex (an essay on pornography and talk with Larry Flynt), an interview with a hip writer (Jay McInerney), a cool spread (John Lautner‘s Harpel House in L.A.) and fast cars (a white Ferrari Testarossa, naked women oblige). With a more incisive fashion sense, though, the issue counts lush photo spreads by the likes of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Patrick Demarchelier and Jeff Burton. Publisher Diane Kocupyr said the book, published in separate French and English editions, has 137 advertising pages, up 50 percent from the same issue last year. It hits newsstands Wednesday. — Robert Murphy
ANNIE’S SALE: Annie Leibovitz is said to have sold her Paris apartment to Jane Wenner, co-owner of Wenner Media. Leibovitz’s agent and a spokesman for Wenner declined to comment, but the sale of the apartment Leibovitz bought for her late longtime companion Susan Sontag has been public knowledge. The apartment is a third-floor walk-up located on the Quai des Grands Augustins, according to Leibovitz’s most recent book, in a building built in 1640 with a view of the Seine. Photographs of the apartment also appear in the book.
Leibovitz first became famous in the pages of Rolling Stone, for which she shot until 1983, and Wenner’s son, Theo, reportedly stayed at the apartment while interning for Leibovitz. — Irin Carmon
This story first appeared in the March 19, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
GREEN GRAB: The green media mania may be reaching its apex when every magazine from Philadelphia Style to Washington Flyer (the official magazine of the Metropolitan Washington Airports, for the uninitiated) heralds their very own green issue, but National Geographic Ventures has done the trend one better by actually buying a green media property. Though the National Geographic Society is not particularly known for acquisitions, its taxable subsidiary has bought The Green Guide, a nonprofit monthly newsletter since 1994 and a Web site with premium content since 2002. The consumer-focused Green Guide has a staff of four and several freelancers; it will be folded into National Geographic’s digital division. Two environmentalist books are due from National Geographic in the spring. — I.C.