NEW PUBLISHER AT MC: Katherine Rizzuto has been named publisher of Marie Claire. She had been associate publisher of Bride’s. She succeeds Cynthia Lewis, who became vice president and publisher of Harper’s Bazaar.
GUCCI COUP: That expanding empire, Gucci Group NV, has named Cedric Magnelia director of investor relations and corporate development. Magnelia, former vice president of equity research at Credit Suisse First Boston in London, had followed Gucci, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and other luxury stocks for the bank. Magnelia’s post is a new one, and he will report to Gucci chief financial officer Robert Singer. Enza Dominijanni will continue as director of investor relations and will report to Magnelia, who will also work on strategic development.
TIME OUT: Constance C.R. White, fashion director and contributing writer at Talk, has left the magazine to devote herself to being an at-home mom. White gave birth to her third child in January.
She had been with Talk for a year, prior to which she spent four years at the New York Times as a fashion reporter.
DAD’S MUSE: Alexandra Hamilton, the new director of public relations at Oscar de la Renta, has already gotten her boss’s name into publication. Her father, the cartoonist William Hamilton, had a drawing in the April 3 issue of The New Yorker that shows two women chatting in a cafe, with the tag line: “He’s like this perfect combination of Oscar de la Renta and Oscar de la Hoya.”
“Oh, he does this all the time,” groaned Hamilton. “I’m his inspiration. Anyone I date, anyone I work for, ends up in The New Yorker.” In other action on the Oscar scene, Jordan’s Queen Rania stopped by Thursday and reportedly picked out several fall looks.
THE VOGUE MAN: Vogue is planning to run its first male — alone — on the cover this July, according to sources. Although Vogue won’t spill the beans, WWD has learned that George Clooney is the guy. In 1992, Vogue ran a cover of another man, Richard Gere, but he was pictured with Cindy Crawford.
“We discuss lots of people for covers, and we’re still working on June, let alone July,” said a Vogue spokesman.
In other Vogue news, Jay Fielden has been named arts editor, succeeding Michael Boodro, who became editor of Garden Design. Fielden had been associate editor of The New Yorker. And Sarah Kerr, a former film critic for Slate, has joined Vogue as the new film critic. Kerr succeeds John Powers, who plans to move to Hong Kong, but will continue writing stories for Vogue.
CYBILL-IZED LUNCH: Cybill Shepherd, who hit the talk-show circuit this week with appearances on “Today,” “Rosie O’Donnell,” “Regis and Kathie Lee,” “Larry King Live” and “Dateline,” to promote her new book, “Cybill Disobedience,” was feted Wednesday at a luncheon at Le Cirque 2000 by More magazine. The occasion was not only to celebrate Shepherd’s appearance on the cover of the May issue of More and her new book, but also the actress’s 50th birthday. Shepherd, the ultimate birthday party girl, blew out candles on her cake, as well as pink bubbles at the table; opened presents (two Baccarat crystal bookends); posed for pictures, and even sang a song. More was also celebrating the fact that it will be published 10 times next year — up from six — beginning next February.
Shepherd told WWD her daughter Clementine — who’s getting married this spring in Malibu — is an actress and recently was up for a part where she had to play a “Cybill Shepherd” type. Despite her home-training, she didn’t get the part.
When Shepherd took the mike, she told the crowd, “Perfection is a fantasy. I’ve made my career selling fantasy. Now that I’m 50 years old, things feel a lot better, and some things feel a lot worse.”
BOBBI TAKES THE PLUNGE: Bobbi Brown has become a believer in advertising. Having built the company through old-fashioned communications and p.r., Bobbi Brown is turning to advertising to launch its new ColorOptions collection this spring. A new campaign, shot by Ellen Von Unwerth, will run in the May issues of Jane, InStyle, W and Real Simple, as well as such regional magazines as Los Angeles and Chicago. The budget is under $1 million.
The ads were shot at TriBeca studios, and naturally, Bobbi Brown did all the makeup and Jimmy Paul did hair. The models are Raquel Zimmerman and Janelle. The company also produced a 30-second Web commercial that will be e-mailed to its customers and will also run on its Web site, Bobbibrown.com, that’s linked to Neiman Marcus.