TWO-TIMING: It looks like Mario Testino is taking some inspiration from Richard Avedon. On the December cover of British Vogue, Elizabeth Hurley is sitting on a piano with her legs wrapped around Elton John. That’s all well and good, except for the fact that in April 1995, Interview ran a similar cover, with Kristen McMenamy sitting on a piano, with her legs wrapped about Elton John.
“I thought it was a great picture then, and it’s still a great picture,” Ingrid Sischy, editor in chief of Interview, said Monday.
Alexandra Shulman, editor in chief of British Vogue, said: “I’ve never seen the [Avedon] picture or the Interview magazine cover, so no, it was not an inspiration. I don’t think anyone involved in the shoot had any idea that it looked like anything else.”
— Lisa Lockwood and Samantha Conti
GOING, GOING, GONE: Entertainment Weekly is losing another member of the James Seymore clan. Jamie Bufalino, a senior editor who edited the magazine’s TV coverage, has announced his resignation. Bufalino, who is in his late 30s, had actually decided to quit back in October when he heard that he’d be reporting to new assistant managing editor Henry Goldblatt, 32. Goldblatt had worked at Fortune under new managing editor Rick Tetzeli and Bufalino, according to EW sources, wasn’t exactly thrilled with the prospect of being supervised by an editor several years his junior, much less one that came from a business publication. But after Bufalino expressed his plans to leave, higher-ups convinced him to stay.
The honeymoon was apparently short-lived.
Recently, he again began telling people at EW he was leaving, though he’ll continue to work for the magazine through the end of the year and is expected to continue working for Time Out New York, where he has a column.
Bufalino’s resignation is the third big defection to have occurred since Time Inc. editorial director John Huey replaced the magazine’s managing editor, Seymore, 59, with Tetzeli, 41, a protégé from Fortune. The first was Richard Sanders, one of the magazine’s two executive editors and the other was editor-at-large Jeff Gordinier, who was hired by WWD’s fellow Fairchild imprint, Details, as the magazine’s editor at large.
Bufalino, who was on vacation, did not return a call for comment, but an EW spokeswoman expressed surprise at the resignation.
“That’s news to me,” she said. “He might want to inform his boss.”
— Jacob Bernstein
WEDDING BELLS: Alex Kuczynski, a style reporter for the New York Times, will officially be off the market, as of Saturday. That’s when she’ll wed financier Charles Stevenson in a ceremony at home in Manhattan for the immediate family. But it appears some friends aren’t upset they didn’t make the cut. “She had a lot of showers,” said one source.
HICKS’ NEW JOB: Jennifer Gallo Hicks has been named associate publisher of Elle. Since August, she had been beauty director for the Elle Group, which includes Elle, Elle Decor and Elle Girl. Before that, she was associate publisher for Talk, until the magazine folded last January. Elizabeth Kellick will retain her title as associate publisher, as well. Both report to publisher Lori Burgess.
Meantime, Elle Girl — which becomes a bimonthly in February with a 400,000 rate base — is getting taller and wider. Beginning that month, the teen title will increase its trim size to 8 1/4 x 10 7/8, from 8 1/8 x 10 3/4. The reason behind the added girth? According to Jeanne Schwenk, publisher of Elle Girl, it’s to present fashion and beauty in a bolder way and enhance the magazine’s advertising as well.
FERRE’S NEW MUSE: Model-turned-actress Rachel Roberts, who starred this year in the movie “Simone,” with Al Pacino, will appear in Gianfranco Ferré’s spring-summer ad campaign. She was photographed in Paris by Stéphane Sednaoui.
GOLDEN GOES ORGANIC: Lee Golden has been named beauty and fashion director of Organic Style, succeeding Tina Newman, who left the magazine. Golden is responsible for overseeing sales initiatives for the magazine’s beauty, fashion and luxury goods categories. Most recently, Golden was fashion manager for Cosmopolitan magazine.
KERRY’S MAKEOVER: While there’s no contract yet, Kerry Diamond, beauty director of Harper’s Bazaar, is said to be collaborating with the Kevyn Aucoin team in writing a book about the late makeup artist. It’s a retrospective and will include the best of Aucoin’s advice.
MIXED MEDIA: Stephan Todd, who edited Numéro and went on to launch the aborted edition of Jalouse in the U.S., has been named editor in chief of Mixte. Todd replaces the French magazine’s co-editors Sarid Chenoune and Sandrine Boury-Heler. His debut issue is for February. Todd said the magazine, which has been published twice a year, would now come out every other month. Its sister book, Max Mode, which was published biannually, will be discontinued. Mixte, with circulation of about 50,000 in France, is published in Paris by Excelsior, which also issues the Biba and 20 Ans fashion titles.
Meantime, sources said another U.S. edition of Jalouse is in the works.
— Miles Socha