‘TIS THE FOUR SEASONS: Today marks the annual migration of black sedans from 4 Times Square to the Four Seasons for the holiday lunch for editors and publishers of Condé Nast magazines, thrown by S.I. Newhouse Jr.
New faces expected this year include Joanne Lipman, editor in chief of the forthcoming Condé Nast business title; Jay Fielden and William Li, editor and publisher, respectively, of Men’s Vogue; Lance Ford, the recently appointed publisher of Cargo, and Klara Glowczewska, who was promoted to editor in chief of Condé Nast Traveler after Tom Wallace was named editorial director of Condé Nast in January of this year.
For the first time since the company acquired Fairchild Publications, the editors and publishers of the consumer magazines within that division also have been invited, sources within the company confirmed, which means places will be set for Brandon Holley and Carlos Lamadrid of Jane, Pilar Guzman and Eva Dillon of Cookie and Dan Peres and Paul Jowdy of Details. A Condé Nast spokeswoman declined to comment on attendees until after the luncheon.
Also today: the annual holiday lunch for the assistants to Condé Nast’s editors and publishers, which takes place in a private dining room at 4 Times Square. Last year, the underlings were given red reindeer noses to wear at their lunch. No word yet on what will be waiting for them at their tables this year.
— Sara James
UNDECK THE HALLS: On Monday, holiday decorations went up all around Condé Nast’s headquarters at 4 Times Square. And on Tuesday, they came down. At least the ones at Vogue did.
According to Condé Nast insiders, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour‘s aesthetic sensibilities were so offended by the “odd” holiday embellishments supplied by Condé Nast’s corporate creative department — among them a “phallic” column of red and white gerber daisies, complete with blinking Christmas lights — she sent them back to the 18th floor. Instead, Vogue soon will get its own tastefully trimmed tree, much like the one on display on the 11th floor, where the Condé Nast executives sit. (That floor also has a menorah.)
“Each year Vogue tends to opt for a more traditional look, and this year was no different,” said a spokesman for the magazine. “We are going for a tree. I think this is the fourth year in a row.” Vogue’s idea of traditional does not, however, include poinsettias. Wintour is said to have a standing ban on the plant.
Meanwhile, Condé Nast Traveler and Cargo, which share office space, are stuck with their corporate “brown sticks in a pot with a garland of metal bells,” and GQ’s floor is apparently adorned with “plastic palm fronds with little balls stuck to them.”
Just how those items pertain to either Christmas or Hanukkah is unclear, leaving one to wonder if, perhaps, the company isn’t attempting to create its own holiday to celebrate? If so, Merry Nastmas.
WORKING LUNCH: Speaking of Anna Wintour, she can get a table whenever she likes at any restaurant in town. Ditto Harvey Weinstein. So what were the Vogue editor in chief and the movie honcho doing in the Condé Nast cafeteria Monday afternoon?
Favors, of course. Weinstein had brought along his girlfriend, actress and designer Georgina Chapman, who in turn had brought along her business partner, Keren Craig. (Chapman also brought along a large Chanel handbag, covered in white fur tassels, which “looked like a rabbit,” according to an observer.) Chapman and Craig took the opportunity to talk about their clothing company, Marchesa, to Wintour and Vogue fashion market/accessories director Virginia Smith, according to a spokesman for the magazine (which, like WWD, is part of Condé Nast Publications). As for the location, he said: “Harvey had expressed an interest in seeing the Frank Gehry-designed cafeteria, so they decided to have lunch there.” Some lunch. According to the eyewitness, Wintour forewent her usual rare beef in favor of a fruit cup.
— Jeff Bercovici