UNDER THE INFLUENCE: New York magazine is looking to start some arguments this week with its package of 246 of the most “Influential” New Yorkers. So who made the cut? In the fashion crowd, Anna Wintour, editor in chief of Vogue, was no surprise, but Kim France, editor in chief of Lucky, sort of was. “With Kim France, we feel like it’s really two things. When Lucky magazine features products, a certain demographic wants it and it sells out. The other is the imitation factor. Certainly Lucky has spawned a lot of imitators,” said New York features editor Faye Penn, who was on the selection committee with Lauren Kern and Ben Wasserstein. (Janet Ozzard, Amy Larocca and Harriet Mays Powell helped with the fashion portion of the list.)
Also cited are designers Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs and Thom Browne; Terry Lundgren of Federated Department Stores; fashion architect Peter Marino; vintage dealer Mary Catalina; Marc Ecko of Ecko Unlimited Press, and Julie Gilhart, fashion director of Barneys. Photographer Roger Deckker shot 52 portraits in rapid succession over two weeks for the package.
“It was an arduous process of months of reporting, weeks of vetting and weeks of arguing,” said Penn. “A lot of thought and a lot of work went into making these decisions.” Asked if she was prepared for some inevitable wooing from people who hope to be on next year’s list, Penn said, “I’m more bracing to be assassinated by people who didn’t make the list this year. I’m fairly impervious to wooing. Actually, the process is impervious. They wouldn’t just have to convince me, they’d have to convince six other people at the magazine.”
— Sara James
THE OSCARS OF PRINT: If the National Magazine Awards usually has the feeling of a swank bar mitzvah — hotel ballroom, cold entrées, multiple speeches delivered with a complete lack of effect — this year’s event, which takes place Tuesday, will have a somewhat more grown-up vibe: tuxedos and cocktail dresses, passed hors d’oeuvres. Think senior prom.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the awards, the American Society of Magazine Editors is pushing the festivities back from midday to evening, and moving them crosstown, from the Waldorf-Astoria to Jazz at Lincoln Center. In fact, they will be held in the very auditorium where Jon Stewart disparaged the magazine industry to its face at what was supposed to be a feel-good event during last fall’s advertising week. (If you see Men’s Health editor in chief David Zinczenko fleeing the room halfway through, he’s probably just experiencing a flashback.) But Stewart won’t be around this time to spoil the self-congratulatory mood, and Meg Ryan, who is scheduled to be among the presenters, isn’t likely to induce any fresh cases of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Having the event at night poses a mild planning problem for nominees: In past years, winners could go back to their offices after the luncheon and organize after-work victory parties. This year, only a few heavily nominated companies have been bold enough to plan their celebrations in advance. Editors from Rodale will be rallying at the Hudson Hotel, and Time4 Media will gather at the Stone Rose. Both companies’ titles are underdogs in their categories, meaning their disappointment at losing will be relatively mild and their elation at winning extreme. Ted Genoways, editor of the Charlottesville-based Virginia Quarterly Review, said he will be taking the literary title’s New York-area writers out for a drink afterward “either to celebrate or to drown our sorrows, as the case may be.” With six nominations to its credit, odds are Genoways and his staff will have something to toast. “We’re just hoping not to come home empty-handed.”
— Jeff Bercovici