2 posts tagged "Hearst"
Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles invited Derek Lam, Rachel Roy, Steven Kolb, Barneys’ Mark Lee and Daniela Vitale, and about fifty other fashion insiders to lunch in the Hearst Tower to meet New York mayoral candidate Christine Quinn yesterday. By way of introduction, Coles earned a few laughs when she said, “I’d like to tell you what Christine would do as mayor, or rather, what she wouldn’t do. She would never take a picture of her crotch and send it to someone in the Midwest whom she’s never met, and then blame her computer for being hacked. I just want you to be reassured that that is not something Christine would do.” The Cosmo chief, of course, was referring to Anthony Weiner, the scandalized former congressman, who is testing the waters for a mayoral run of his own. During a long question-and-answer period, Quinn was quick to repeat an earlier statement that “whatever the next decision is for Congress member Weiner and his family, it’s a decision that they’ll have to make together, and I wish them well whatever decision they make,” and to point out that none of her rivals have the credentials that she does.
“It’s easy to criticize and issue press releases,” she said. “It’s much harder to deliver tangible results. If you look at my record, whether that’s working with the Brooklyn Navy Yard to bring more manufacturing jobs during the recession, or passing more legislation than any other City Council has to protect New York City’s tenants, or whether it’s working with the mayor to create the most comprehensive network of incubators to facilitate jobs in all different sectors, or passing the most comprehensive green building code of any city in America, I have a record of results that none of my opponents can touch.”
Quinn touched on topics such as crime reduction, the expansion of affordable housing, tourism, and public education, as well as the city’s first Design Week, scheduled for next month. “In all five boroughs, we’ll highlight 40,000-plus designers of all types,” she said. “We’re doing it, one, to say that we’re better than anywhere else, let me be perfectly clear; two, to thank the design industry; and three, hopefully to bring more attention to it, so we can bring more jobs to it.” She also got into the nitty-gritty about the Garment Center, a subject close to her audience’s heart, suggesting her Small Manufacturing Incentive Fund model might be a good fit.
As for what Quinn wore, she said, “A New York designer, Elie Tahari, an Alexis Bittar bracelet, David Yurman necklace, and earrings I bought in Sag Harbor from a guy named Lee.”
The Lanvin juggernaut rolls on: Alber Elbaz has opened the brand’s fourth U.S. flagship on Los Angeles’ Rodeo Boulevard. “L.A. is one of my favorite places in America,” he told Women’s Wear Daily. [WWD]
If you’ve been following glossy moves and trades the way that some follow sports—and we’ve noticed that lately, people are—you’ll be interested to hear that Lagardere has sold Elle and over 100 of its other international titles to Hearst for 651 million euros (about $887 million). [Reuters]
Gemma Ward opens up about her relationship with Heath Ledger in an interview with the Australian press: “There was no one like him—and no one will ever be like him,” she said. “I’m just so grateful I got to meet him and get as close as I did with him.” [Fashion Copious]
And sometimes a hat is not just a hat—like, say, when it suggests a dynastic transfer of dictatorial power in North Korea. According to a former North Korean official quoted in a South Korean newspaper, a recent portrait of Kim Jong-il’s son, Kim Jong-un, wearing the same furry hat as his father means that he’s the next in line for command. “The hat was customized by a foreign master craftsman using top-quality otter fur,” Chosun Ilbo has it. “It’s an unwritten rule that nobody else can wear such a hat , so if Kim Jong-un is also wearing one, it means he has now reached almost the same status as his father.” [Gawker via Racked]