BAILEYING: The good news at Harper’s Bazaar: Ad pages are starting to go back up. The bad news is? Who still works at that magazine?
This story first appeared in the January 30, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Joining the endless conga line out of Bazaar are fashion editor Jillian Davison and features senior editor Heather Hodson. They’re the seventh and eighth senior-level staffers to leave their official duties in just over a year, following in the footsteps of photographer Patrick Demarchelier, fashion director Mary Alice Stephenson, fashion features director Jennifer Jackson Alfano, celebrity wrangler Allison Oleskey, accessories director Mimi Shin, and publisher Cynthia Lewis. Some of those staffers have continued at Bazaar in contributing posts, including Hodson, who will continue to contribute as a writer. But several people who have seen editor in chief Glenda Bailey at work said her tendency to micromanage was part of the overall problem.
Meanwhile, Anna Wintour, who runs a far more democratic ship at Vogue (just kidding), has launched a series of raids on the magazine, poaching its photographers and best talent for top dollar. In addition to Demarchelier, who Wintour helped snare, Vogue (which, like WWD, is owned by Advance Magazine Group) recently stole away lensman David Sims. Last summer, Bailey scored a coup, recruiting Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott to shoot for the magazine. Vogue plucked them up after just one shoot for Bazaar.
A Hearst spokeswoman said, “It is a testament to this magazine that Vogue keeps plucking our talent. At any magazine people come and people go. We recently hired Sarah Bailey, the former editor in chief of British Elle,” to become the magazine’s number two. — Jacob Bernstein
BRAGGING RIGHTS: Care to venture a guess on how Rosie O’Donnell reacted to Dan Brewster’s demise at Gruner + Jahr USA?
Don’t bother. According to sources, O’Donnell was seen on an airplane late last week returning to New York from Florida, where, according to two sources, she was gloating about his being fired from the company.
Not that it’ll have much effect on her life, either way. Judge Ira Gammerman is scheduled to make a ruling in the coming weeks and already has said no one’s going to walk away with a big pile of cash. — J.B.