Byline: Lisa Lockwood / With contributions from Robert Murphy, Paris / Samantha Conti, Milan
BUCKLEY TO ALLURE: Maggie Buckley is on the move again. She has joined Allure as special projects director. She’ll be strategizing on celebrity cover subjects, special events and related projects. She succeeds Beth Altschull, who joined GQ as senior editor. Buckley begins Nov. 5. Most recently, she was entertainment editor at Talk, prior to which she was special projects editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Buckley’s duties at Talk were assumed by Andrew Lee, senior editor.
SEVENTEEN HIRES: Annemarie Iverson, the new editor in chief of Seventeen, has begun assembling her team. Shawn Young has been named to the new post of creative director. Most recently, he worked on several book projects and consulted for advertisers. Before that he was creative director of In Style.
Doug Perlman, former editor at large at YM, has become Seventeen’s executive editor, succeeding Roberta Caploe, who a year ago was named editor in chief of Primedia Youth Entertainment Group. Regina Teplitsky, most recently fashion director of YM, has been named Seventeen’s fashion director, succeeding Sarah Meikle, who has left the magazine. And, Diana Byrne, formerly YM’s beauty and fitness director, has become beauty director, succeeding Julie Koffman, who also left.
WEBSTER TO ROLEX: Martha Webster will join Rolex Watch USA in January as director of communications. She succeeds William Sullivan, the company’s current senior vice president and director of communications, who will retire at the end of this year after spending two decades at the luxury watch company.
Webster will be responsible for overseeing all advertising, marketing and public relations activities in the U.S.
She was with W, sister publication to WWD, where she spent 19 years and rose to vice president and corporate publisher for fine jewelry and watches. She was known as Martha Nype during her W tenure.
TRIO RESCHEDULED: Trio, the popular arts channel, will launch its new fashion news series, “Trio World Fashion Tour,” Sunday night. Originally scheduled to air on Sept. 16 following New York Fashion Week, the series was rescheduled due to the postponement of the New York fashion shows after the World Trade Center tragedy.
Elsa Klensch will conduct one-on-one interviews with Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera and Donna Karan about how the events of Sept. 11 might affect world fashion and what changes they foresee for the future.
The fashion news series includes six consecutive one-hour programs and features spring designer collections in New York, London, Milan and Paris. The shows will run through Nov. 11.
FAIRCHILD MOVES: Jennifer Behre and Mary Murcko have been named associate publishers of W. Since July 2000, Behre has been ad director of W. She was previously national ad manager for Talk and international fashion director of Vogue.
Murcko spent the last five years in Bangkok as publisher and general manager for Hachette Filipacchi Post Co., overseeing the Thai editions of Elle, Elle Decor, Cleo and BMW magazine. They succeed Colleen Wyse, who became publisher of WWD.
MOODIE TO SELF: Kate Moodie has joined Self as style director. She succeeds Xanthipi Joannides, who, as reported, joined Glamour as fashion director. Moodie had served in a similar post at YM. In a related move, Hope Greenberg, senior fashion editor of Self, was promoted to fashion director.
EN ATTENDANT DENEUVE: French film diva Catherine Deneuve’s designs to launch a women’s lifestyle magazine this November have been postponed. Emap France, Deneuve’s partner for the unnamed project, blamed the decision on the weak economy. Emap, which publishes about 30 titles in France, had planned circulation around 100,000 for the twice-yearly magazine.
A BOOST: The New Yorker will raise its rate base from 800,000 to 850,000 with the Jan. 1 issue, according to David Carey, vice president and publisher.
In other news, David Remnick, editor in chief of the New Yorker, will moderate a forum to help get businesses back to normal entitled “Forward Thinking: The Challenge of Culture Marketing in Today’s Changed Climate,” on Thursday, Oct. 18 at noon at Michael’s in New York. Panelists include Drew Pierporent, president, The Myriad Restaurant Group, and Gerald Schoenfeld, chairman, The Shubert Organization.
ITALIAN RE-TOUCH: Is Diego Della Valle’s Web site, Touchitaly.com, headed for trouble? Sources in Milan say staff members were recently told to find new jobs, as the site would likely close by the end of the year. They said Della Valle — the owner of Tod’s — and Touchitaly co-founder Luca di Montezemolo told staffers they had wanted to sell all or part of the site, but couldn’t find a buyer. A Della Valle spokesman, however, said “no decisions have been made yet” about Touchitaly and that management is considering holding onto the editorial part of the site, and jettisoning the e-commerce division. “We started late in the game, and at a time of economic crisis,” he said. “The whole market just cooled off.” The site, which went live in June — a year later than expected — aims to offer “the best of Italian culture.” It sells everything from Italian-made espresso machines to olive oil to Tod’s shoes and has a magazine.