AND THE WINNER IS: After weeks of high-stakes office pools, Tom Florio walked away with Publisher of the Year honors at Condé Nast’s annual publishers’ meeting in Naples, Fla. Chief executive officer Chuck Townsend revealed the winner at a dinner Tuesday night.
Florio was a favorite to win among those publishers polled by WWD earlier this month, having spun off Men’s Vogue and an issue of Vogue Living (with another one said to be on the way this fall), all while increasing ad pages this year by 3 percent, to 3,057.
— Stephanie D. Smith
CATHY’S WORLD: Fashion critics at major publications are increasingly gearing up for their turn at Internet glory. The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn has been blogging since last Thursday, her first go, and will continue all year-round. “On the Runway,” which a spokeswoman said is first seen by an editor, has so far included b-roll from the Paris couture and men’s wear shows. German GQ fashion director Klaus Stockhausen who makes a cameo, is described by Horyn as “smart, full of energy and inside dope,” and seen telling his editor, “Come, schatzi, this is not for us … Let’s go cuddle.” Horyn also muses on walking in the (male) models’ shoes: “I think I know what people would think if, in 20 years time, I put on a pair of platforms and ponced down a runway: old bag,” and offers up one liners: “Hail Mary, did Jean Paul Gaultier have a Jesus hallucination?” Over at the Washington Post, Robin Givhan‘s blog — which proved highly entertaining the last time around, despite the awkward use of the second-person plural — has not been updated since October. She could not be reached by press time. At Time magazine, the promised blog by Time Style & Design editor Kate Betts has not materialized. Instead, Betts is doing narrated photo essays (in a fashion Horyn has done for the Times for about three years), which sound, quite literally, phoned in.
— Irin Carmon
3,000 WORDS ON KARL: Just in time for its March style issue, The New Yorker is said to be working on a major profile of Karl Lagerfeld. The story apparently will be written by Rolling Stone contributing editor John Colapinto, better known for his National Magazine Award-winning piece for Rolling Stone on gender reassignment (and the subsequent best-selling book based on the article) than for fashion pieces. Perhaps not coincidentally, the party New Yorker editor in chief David Remnick and publisher Lou Cona hosted for newly dubbed fashion editor Susan Morrison during the Paris couture was held at Lagerfeld’s 7L exhibition space in Paris. (The New Yorker paid for use of the space.) A spokeswoman for the magazine said it did not comment on forthcoming pieces.
FUNNY GIRL: Mary Lynn Rajskub, one of the main characters on Fox’s hit show “24,” didn’t do Self magazine any favors during her interview on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno on Monday. Rajskub, who appeared in Self’s November issue, told Leno the Condé Nast title called to ask how she “works out in small spaces, like my trailer.” According to Rajskub, she couldn’t think of any tips, which prompted a magazine staffer finally to ask, “Well, do you want to be in the magazine or not?” The question led Rajskub to begin making up a string of workout and health tips that she uses — which she confessed to Leno was a fib. Cue in audience laughter. A Self spokeswoman said staffers reviewed the transcript from the interview and were surprised by Rajskub’s comments because she easily provided several tips. But the spokeswoman also admitted that Rajskub’s interview made for good TV. Lucy Danziger, Self’s editor in chief, said, “Actresses know that being in Self makes them look good. I guess now they’ll say anything to be in this vaunted company of healthy, gorgeous women!”
— Amy Wicks
DON’T FORGET TO WRITE: Is New York magazine leaving Midtown? It appears a move to SoHo could be in its future, more specifically, to 180 Varick Street. The move could be prompted by the fact that the magazine’s rent would double if a new contract were signed at its current location, according to a source. Olmstead Properties, the company that manages the building at 180 Varick, did not return calls.
A New York spokeswoman confirmed the title’s lease at 444 Madison Avenue is up in September, “so of course we’re exploring all of our options, including talking to our current landlord.” But what about that famous “New York” sign on top of the building? The sign could be facing a dark future, since the magazine, which currently pays the electricity bill, does not intend on lugging its neon nameplate downtown. The move would take New York away from some of its advertisers and make lunching at Michael’s a little more difficult, yet the new space would allow the entire staff to occupy the same floor — instead of its current multifloor configuration. One source added the magazine previously considered moving to Seven World Trade Center.
DAN’S NOT THE MAN: London-based Wallpaper’s three-month search for a new editor in chief seems to have stretched across the Atlantic. The design magazine is searching for a replacement for current editor Jeremy Langmead, who revealed in November he would join British Esquire. Sources said Wallpaper was quite interested in Details editor in chief Dan Peres, courting him over several rounds of correspondence via e-mail and phone. Wallpaper executives, according to sources, liked Peres’ experience of editing a magazine that attracted a mix of gay and straight readers (a mix that arguably varies month to month, depending on cover lines) and his relationships within the fashion community, which Wallpaper could have exploited both to help broaden its advertising base and to expand its content beyond its design-specific niche. Peres was unavailable for comment at press time, but sources close to him said he has no intention of fleeing Details. Peres has spent all of his professional career at Fairchild and its parent, Condé Nast, having worked eight years at DNR, WWD and W before taking the helm at Details in 2000. A spokeswoman for Wallpaper said, “The recruitment process for a new editor is under way and an announcement on Jeremy’s successor will be made in due course. Other than that, details are confidential, so I’m unable to comment on individual candidates.”