Stefan C. Campbell resigned this week as style editor, and Hilton Als left as editor-at-large. Gary Koepke resigned two months ago as creative director, but stayed on to complete the June/July issue.
“The magazine that we were putting out was an urban street cultural magazine that was very inclusive,” said Campbell. “When Quincy [Jones, founder] didn’t want to put a white person on the cover — Madonna — I wanted out. I was looking at this as a broad magazine. We were working under Jonathan’s vision,” said Campbell, who’s been with the magazine since its inception in September 1992.
“I don’t really want to work for the musical version of Chocolate Singles,” said Als, who added that he plans to do freelance writing and book editing. Als said he’s already got an assignment from The New Yorker: a profile on Andre Leon Tally, creative director of Vogue, which is due in July.
Koepke, meanwhile, has his own business and is working on the 100th anniversary issue of Billboard.
Succeeding Van Meter is Alan Light, Vibe’s music editor, who has been named acting editor in chief.
Will Light eventually become editor in chief?
“He’s a strong contender, but they still have a few other candidates to check out,” said a Vibe spokesman.
FUCHS WATCH: Is Anne Sutherland Fuchs moving? Fuchs, the former publisher of Vogue, was bumped up to senior vice president, international, at Conde Nast in March and word has it she’s looking for a new job. The possibilities reportedly include Elle and The New York Times Magazine. Fuchs couldn’t be reached and a spokesman for The Times said “No comment.”
YAMAMOTO SIGNS ON: Yohji Yamamoto is the latest designer to create clothes for La Redoute, France’s largest mail order catalog, and the third biggest catalog in the world. Yamamoto follows Issey Miyake, Michel Klein and Karl Lagerfeld as the catalog’s featured designer. However, unlike the others, who just did women’s apparel, Yamamoto will also create some men’s wear. For women, the Tokyo-based designer has created a loosely cut three-button gabardine jacket which sells for 1,250 French francs ($225), and wide gabardine pants at 575 francs ($100). The clothes will appear in a double spread in the fall/winter 1994/1995 edition of La Redoute.
AD VENTURE: Venture Stores is tapping the advertising industry for a marketing executive. The St. Louis-based discounter has named Clifford Campeau, senior vice president and a management director with the J. Walter Thompson ad agency in Detroit, as its new senior vice president of marketing. Campeau will join the retailer June 13. He succeeds Jim Miller, who resigned as executive vice president of marketing this month, as reported.Campeau will report to Julian Seeherman, chairman and ceo.
SASSY TALKS: Sassy magazine is said to be talking about a possible sale to Petersen Publishing, which publishes Teen magazine. Robert E. Petersen, owner of Petersen Publishing, had no comment. Dale Lang, chairman of Lang Communications, which owns Sassy, couldn’t be reached for comment.