EARLY DISMISSAL: In January, Talk staffers found out their magazine had folded when the news was leaked via the Drudge Report. Now the award for most-awkward-way-to-find-out- you’re-unemployed goes to Surface, where editors in chief Tom de Kay and Noel Millea apparently found out that they were going to be shown the door after a slew of mail and deliveries began arriving at their offices addressed to the editor in chief, but bearing the name of Maureen Callahan. Unsure of who Callahan was, they went to their publishers to find out. The answer? Their replacement.
Sources said the firing was even more awkward because Callahan was still employed as an associate editor at Spin and couldn’t start for another month, which meant her lame duck predecessors had to close the magazine’s current issue before they packed up their desks. Surface’s publisher and founder, Richard Klein denied that his editors had been fired so unceremoniously. “We terminated their contracts. They were notified.”
SIMPLE STYLE: Real Simple seems to have shaken off well-documented birthing blues, so it’s expanding its team. Elizabeth Mayhew had been named the magazine’s style director, a new post, and will oversee the visual aspects of the beauty, fashion, food/entertaining and home pages. Most recently, Mayhew has been style/decorating editor of House Beautiful. Real Simple’s ad pages rose 110 percent from June 2001 to June 2002, to 97 from 46, while its year-to-date figures climbed 49 percent to 345.7 from 231.5, according to Media Industry Newsletter.
EXPECTING: Jane Pratt and Elizabeth Saltzman aren’t the only editors expecting babies this year. Sally Singer, the fashion features director for Vogue, is expecting as well. “It’s the third one in three years,” said Singer at the Paper Magazine luncheon for Eleanor Lambert on Monday. “It’s a boy. Third boy. Last one.” Well wishers can send Petite Batou t-shirts and Bonpoint baby gear right to Vogue’s offices — Singer is working through her pregnancy.
NEW FACE AT FTC: Bolstering its coverage, the Toronto-based Fashion Television Channel has named Lana Ogilvie as a contributor to its “This Week in Fashion,” program and a co-host of “The Review,” a weekly series. She joins the other co-host, Jeanne Beker. A Toronto native, Ogilvie will also continue her modeling career, where she’s represented by Company Management.
HUMAN CAR WRECK: Books about people ruining their professional lives may be the next vogue — witness the imminent release of Toby Young’s “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.” Now comes ReganBooks’ “Car Wreck Woman,” written by the supposed “first supermodel ever” Janice Dickinson. The book details Dickinson’s pratfalls in fashion-world fame and may perfectly illustrate the saying “just because it happens to you doesn’t make it interesting.” Dickinson, who hasn’t been on anyone’s radar screen in years, isn’t doing any interviews until the book’s August release, so ReganBooks has been sending out supposedly tasty teaser excerpts, including one where Dickinson is dismissed by Giorgio Armani after calling him “Gianni,” and another when the model “accidentally” takes quaaludes just before working a Calvin Klein show. Given that it was the late Seventies, it may have been more interesting to get the recollections of the one or two people at Calvin’s show who weren’t on quaaludes.