WHO’S NEW: Move over Paulina, there’s a budding new SuperCzech in town. In fact, with its February cover, Vogue is setting a new precedent for the magazine: Historically, it features models who are at the top of the modeling world on its covers, but for next month’s issue, editor in chief Anna Wintour has placed 16-year-old Czech model, Karolina Kurkova, on its cover. Karolina, who is represented by DNA, has been shot for ad campaigns for Celine, Ferragamo, Versace Jeans and Helmut Lang.
“We put her on the cover because we think she’s the next supermodel,” said Wintour.
KLENSCH’S FATE: Speculation has been brewing for months that CNN plans to pull the plug on Elsa Klensch’s “Style” show, and officials at the network have consistently denied them. According to sources, however, the show isn’t on the spring schedule and the staff has been asked to clear out by Feb. 1. A spokeswoman for CNN said Wednesday, “We’re assessing all programming at CNN and have no decision specifically regarding ‘Style’ at this point.” Klensch, who pioneered video coverage of the runway, has been doing “Style” since 1980. She could not be reached for comment.
SEEING TRIPLE: Nylon Magazine has done a triple play with its February issue, with three special edition covers created by Stephen Sprouse, Marcelo Krasilcic and artist Kaws, each featuring a look from an LVMH brand.
Sprouse photographed a Louis Vuitton look, and covered it with graffiti; Kaws, a grafitti artist, worked with photographer Christian Witkin, highlighting a look from Christian Dior, and Krasilcic created a more conventional cover with a look from Givenchy.
The theme of the issue is “mixed media,” with a total printing of 300,000 copies. The issues created by Sprouse and Kaws will be concentrated at newsstands and sent to subscribers in New York and Los Angeles, while the Krasilcic cover will be sent to readers in the middle of the country.
O’S NEW HIRES: O, the Oprah Magazine has named Adam Glassman creative director and Judy Prouty as style director.
Most recently, Glassman freelanced as an art director for various TV commercials, and has contributed to House and Garden magazine. Earlier he was the style director at Self.
Prouty had served as style editor for the Los Angeles Times Magazine since 1995.
SHARING THEMSELVES: Courtney Thorne-Smith, soccer star Julie Foudy and fitness expert Kathy Kaehler have been named contributing editors at Self.
Thorne-Smith, who in October wrote an essay for Self about her battle with a distorted body image, will write first-person pieces on topics such as stress relief and adventure spas. Foudy will write about women in sports and Kaehler will pen a monthly shape-up column.
BLASS’S PR PICK: Bill Blass Ltd. named Danielides Communications Inc. as its outside public relations firm this week, replacing PMK, which handled the PR for its spring collection, the first designed by Steven Slowik.
Danielides handles a variety of health care, education, entertainment and fashion clients, including the actress Susan Lucci, the footwear company Stuart Weitzman and Lands’ End’s e-commerce division, said Joannie C. Danielides, executive vice president.
DYNAMIC DECEMBER: Everybody’s got the jitters about 2001, but December proved to be a healthy month for the apparel and accessories ad categories. Magazine ad revenues shot up 31.2 percent to $136.3 million, according to Publishers Information Bureau.
Toiletries and cosmetic ad revenues sprinted 22.8 percent ahead to $116 million, according to PIB.
For the year, apparel and accessories ad revenues were up 18.9 percent to $1.3 billion, while toiletries and cosmetics ad revenues gained 12.5 percent to $1.3 billion.