SAVING FACE: A future is forming for The Face, Emap’s fashion and pop culture title that closed last month after 24 years on the newsstand. An Emap spokeswoman said the deadline for sealed bids closed last week and the publisher has moved on to in-depth discussions with potential bidders, including venture capital groups and small, independent publishers. Industry sources said a group of London City financial types with bonus money to burn are among the contenders, and the offer price is in the neighborhood of $6.3 million, or 3.5 million pounds. Other contenders are believed to include Peter Howarth, managing director of the publishing company Show Media, and Ashley Heath, editorial director of Arena Homme Plus, another Emap title. Both declined to comment. The Emap spokeswoman would not discuss the names of the bidders, nor would she confirm the sales figure. “We’re looking for a speedy solution to the situation,” she added. “The Easter holidays set us back a bit, but we hope to make a decision by next month.” As reported in March, Emap suspended publication of The Face after the May issue. — Samantha Conti
V’S SPORTS STYLE: With the Olympics coming, this summer is likely to erupt in all manner of sports-related popular culture. Even ultra-edgy V Magazine is getting into the spirit with its athletic-themed summer issue, which hits stands in mid-May. A collaboration with Adidas, the magazine features interviews and photo spreads with hip-hopper Missy Elliott and boxer Laila Ali (half the issues have Elliott on the front cover and Ali on the back cover and half have Ali on the front and Elliott on the back), both of whom have deals with the athletic giant. Another spread shows 10 Adidas-sponsored athletes training in locales around the world and the cover has even incorporated the German company’s famous three stripes into the V logo.
Editor in chief Alix Browne insisted that V had complete editorial control over the issue, despite the fact that Adidas has a number of ads in it and collaborated closely with the magazine. “We approached Adidas about working together,” Browne said. “We are a fashion magazine but we try to be connected with everything going on, and there is an athletic moment happening in fashion now. It’s new for us to have an athlete on the cover.” There are also photo spreads of athletic-inspired gear and Lacoste’s newest men’s offerings.
V, a sibling of Visionaire, has done similar joint issues with firms such as Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Burberry — although not to the extent of this collaboration with Adidas — but it may be a while before another company receives the same treatment. “It’s something we want to save for special occasions,” Browne noted. “It was something really surprising at first, but now so many companies have approached us about doing something with them, so we want to taper off.” — Melanie Kletter
LIFE LESSONS: Marks & Spencer’s Vittorio Radice is teaching the British public how to live, with a little help from Tyler Brulé. The new general merchandise chief at the U.K. retail chain has just unveiled the first issue of Design Details, a slick, magazine-like shopping directory featuring homeware items from M&S. The 72-page magazine features seasonal items and will come out twice a year, in addition to the company’s larger format Design Directory. Created by Brulé, Design Details is more than just a catalogue. The full-service guide offers up everything from food pages — complete with recipes — to travel stories on Tenerife to lush spreads of uber-groomed suburbanites firing up their $177 barbecue grills, or stretched across their $356 Nyatoh wood lounge chairs. “It’s a traffic driver, and meant to give an extra sales jolt to the seasonal pieces,” said Brulé. — S.C.
MIRROR, MIRROR: It was bound to happen. Riding the wave of U.K. celebrity titles, the British tabloid The Daily Mirror has launched 3am Magazine, an outgrowth of its daily 3am column which features celebrities at their worst. Launched last month, the handbag-sized magazine comes free inside the Mirror every Wednesday. Edited by Keith Kendrick, former editor of the Nineties cult lad’s magazine Loaded, 3am features celebrity interviews, fashion, beauty and health tips from the stars. Stories include “Frock Horror,” a spread of stars’ fashion eyesores, and “Whose Juicy Bum Is This?” with snapshots of the rear ends of famous women wearing Juicy Couture. “3am Magazine…brings the world of celebrity closer to our readers by taking them off their pedestals and making the more like ‘one of us’,” said the magazine’s editorial director, Phil Hall. Hall previously edited News of the World and Hello! Magazine. The Daily Mirror has a circulation of approximately 1.9 million readers. — Ellen Burney
HIGH SCORERS: John Galliano and Bernard Arnault have more in common than meets the eye. They were the only fashion honchos to make the Time 100, the magazine’s ranking of the 100 most influential and powerful people in the world today. While Galliano was named in the “Artists and Entertainers” category, Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, scored in the “Builders and Titans” grouping. The issue hits newsstands Monday.
Describing Galliano, Kate Betts, editor at large at Time, writes that he is “the most influential fashion designer of his generation” and transformed Dior “from a dowdy duty-free label into a must-have global brand — and the most intrepid creative machine in international fashion.”
Arnault, writes Peter Gumbel, Paris-based reporter for Time, “put his empire together over 20 years and often used hard-nosed tactics to get what he wanted.”
Others who make the Time 100 include Pope John Paul II, Simon Cowell, Frank Gehry, J.K. Rowling, Jerry Bruckheimer and Sean Penn. — Lisa Lockwood