FASHION CUTS IN DALLAS: The Dallas Morning News will no longer publish FD, its monthly magazine of fashion and culture, after the February issue.
In an e-mail to staff last Friday, publisher and chief executive officer Jim Moroney said FD had “struggled financially.” An industry source reported that it had been profitable until 2015. Six people have been let go.
The glossy magazine began life in June 1978 as Fashion Dallas, one of the first weekly fashion newspaper sections in the country.
Covering the New York and European collections as well as local fashion events, the black-and-white broadsheet switched to color within six months in response to advertiser demand. Routinely 20 pages and profitable, Fashion Dallas was widely copied, leading the Associated Press International to invite founding editor Ellen Kampinsky to speak about it at a conference.
The section was renamed FD Luxe when it became a monthly broadsheet in September 2004 and expanded coverage to include design and dining. In 2009 it switched to a staple-bound magazine, and in 2012 it became a perfect bound magazine. Delving deeper into art and culture under editor Rob Brinkley, the supplement was rebranded FD. A spin-off, FD House, has also been discontinued.
The Dallas Morning News has also ceased publishing Neighborsgo, a seven-section weekly community tabloid, resulting in an additional 13 layoffs.