MURDOCH REVEALS ALL: OK, so he’s not talking about why his son Lachlan left News Corp., but Rupert Murdoch does reveal his newly refurbished London penthouse in the September issue of Wallpaper, currently on newsstands in the U.K. and arriving in the U.S. Thursday. The six-page spread shows the media mogul’s pied-à-terre, complete with bulletproof-glass sliding doors leading to one of the terraces. On the rooftop patio, a half-dozen satellite dishes are hidden in cupboards, and the crowning glory is a state-of-the-art barbeque — Murdoch is, after all, an Aussie.
His third wife, Wendi Deng, on the other hand, is Chinese, so the house has been redone according to feng shui principles — which would explain why the bedroom mirrors are hidden inside the wardrobes. As for the contents of the Sub-Zero fridges, they’re in full view in the photos: Marks & Spencer brand milk, muesli, a stash of Evian and Hellman’s light mayonnaise.
Sadly, there’s no interview with Murdoch or Deng. Rather, the story quotes Carolyn Trevor, of the London-based architectural firm Trevor Lahiff, who said the Murdochs asked her to design a hotel-style flat where they’d be spending 10 weeks each year.
She said they gave her a “fairly tight” budget.
“The fact that the budget was tight of course made me smile, but actually it’s rather admirable. Why should you chuck money about needlessly just because you can afford to?” said Wallpaper editor in chief Jeremy Langmead, who explained his staff was able to get access thanks to a personal connection with the architect — and a whole lot of pestering of the Murdochs.
The Murdoch story isn’t the only big news for Wallpaper this month. Ad pages in the September issue numbered 118, up from 100 pages last year. And the October issue will boast 182 ad pages, compared with last year’s 124 pages. Subscriptions are also up 40 percent to more than 23,000, while newsstand numbers, at least for the September issue, should get a helpful Murdoch boost.
— Samantha Conti
SHOW OFF: As if In Style editors don’t get enough of fashion shows, this season they’re holding their own during New York Fashion Week. And they’re not even satisfied with one. The shows will kick off Sept. 7 at the Time Warner Center. Then, on each of the next three days, In Style will produce another runway show, featuring merchandise supplied by the surrounding shops, which will donate a portion of their receipts for those days to five charities. On Sept. 15, an edited version of the first show will be Webcast on InStyle.com and AOL’s InStore.com. Viewers will be able to click on featured looks for more information and will even be able to buy many items online. “It’s that whole bring-the-pages-to-life thing,” said managing editor Charla Lawhon.
The Sept. 7 show will feature over 100 looks and will be “curated” by In Style’s fashion directors, Hal Rubenstein and Cindy Weber-Cleary. Big-screen TVs placed outside the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle will carry a simulcast. Frankly, the whole enterprise sounds exhausting, particularly when you consider all the shows, parties and other events folks will still have to drag themselves to over the following week. Lawhon said that’s precisely why she’s looking forward to it. “It’s right at the beginning of the week, so I’m going to be fresh. My feet won’t hurt. I won’t have seen everybody a thousand times.”
— Jeff Bercovici