REUNITED: One month after House & Garden’s closing, editor in chief Dominique Browning and her former design director, Wendy Goodman, will work together again, this time on a story for Departures. The article, which is slated for the March/April issue, is on Philippe Starck’s redesign of the lobby of the Hotel Meurice in Paris, in collaboration with his daughter, painter Ara Starck.
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Browning and Departures editor in chief Richard David Story first met decades ago, as senior editors at Esquire. Until leaving New York magazine for House & Garden in February, Goodman had been a contributing editor to Departures, and she has now returned to both positions. “My last day at H&G was Friday, and I was at New York magazine on Monday,” said Goodman, who is on the road to promote her book on designer Tony Duquette. (It’s already sold out its first printing, she said.) Both will join Story in Paris within the next few days.
“It’s very interesting to get on the other side of the desk,” Browning said. She also continues to write for The New York Times Book Review and plans another book. But she won’t exclusively be writing about home design: “I feel like I had the best job in design magazines — I loved my job so much — but I could not go and do this somewhere else. I definitely want to write about many other things including travel, stories that are going on around the city.”
She said the content of the January issue of House & Garden, guest edited by Murray Moss, probably wouldn’t see the light of day, but that the magazine’s inventory belongs to Condé Nast (which also owns WWD). “I believe that a lot of it went to Vogue Living,” she said. “Some of it went to Traveler, Men’s Vogue, Vanity Fair — mostly it’s photo shoots.” A spokesman for Vogue said Vogue Living’s spring issue had some “charming front of the book material” from House & Garden, and that Vogue itself would run a House & Garden-intended story shot by François Hallard in its January issue. — Irin Carmon
OFF THE STREET: Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of The Wall Street Journal has sent its first high-ranking official for the hills, and several more top departures are expected to follow. Dow Jones chief executive officer Richard Zannino resigned Thursday, after nearly two years in the position. Dow Jones did not officially name a replacement, but a report by the WSJ on Thursday said Murdoch lieutenant Leslie Hinton is expected to be named as Zannino’s successor. Hinton was most recently executive chairman of News International, a post he has held since 1995, and had also been ceo of News America Publishing Inc., whose titles included the New York Post. The WSJ also reported that Times of London editor Robert Thomson will become publisher of The Wall Street Journal, replacing Gordon Crovitz. Dow Jones chief financial officer Bill Plummer is also expected to leave his position once the sale is finalized next week. — Stephanie D. Smith
SOUTHPOLE STYLE: Southpole has found its new face. The junior apparel brand just shot 29-year-old K.D. Aubert, an up-and-coming actress who can soon be seen alongside Woody Harrelson in “The Grand” in January and opposite Matthew McConaughey in next summer’s “Surfer Dude.”
Aubert, who will appear in Southpole’s spring-summer ads, was shot late last month on location in Miami at the Green Span mansion. She modeled five looks from Southpole’s collection, from comfortable logo beachwear to sexy printed tops and denim skirts.
“Being that we target a diverse consumer market and age group, her look and attitude are a perfect match for our brand,” said Janice Welles, director of marketing for the New York-based Southpole.
Southpole’s national ads are slated to hit select fashion and lifestyle magazines and billboards in March. — Julee Greenberg Kaplan
EMAP BUYER?: According to a report on FT.com late Thursday, German publisher H. Bauer won the auction for Emap’s consumer magazine and radio business, with a winning bid of approximately 1.15 billion pounds, or over $2 billion. A spokeswoman for Bauer in the U.S. said the company had no comment and Emap, publisher of magazines including Grazia and Heat, did not comment by press time. Past bidders for the consumer magazine division are said to have included Hearst Corp.’s National Magazine Co., and private equity players including Apollo, Providence, Exponent and Cinven. For the first half ending Sept. 30, Emap’s total group revenue fell 26 percent to 408 million pounds, or $836 million, from 554 million pounds, or $1.14 billion, due mainly to the impact of disposals and closures, including Emap France. — Amy Wicks