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There are payroll mistakes and then there are payroll mistakes, and Conde Nast, which creates of some of the most important magazines in the fashion industry, made one doozy of a payroll mistake late last year. With just one email, a Texan man duped the Vogue publisher into diverting $8 million in payments that should have gone to its printing press directly to his bank account.
We’re used to print magazines adopting digital platforms, but websites getting print editions? That’s pretty much of unheard of in today’s media climate. The people over at Condé Nast‘s Fairchild Fashion Group surely don’t think print is dead though, and they’re launching a print spinoff of Style.com to prove it.
Conde Nast produces some of the best fashion magazines in the world, so why can’t it produce some of the best fashion in the world, too? That seems to be the goal of the newly announced Conde Nast International School of Fashion and Design.
Hearst, which will be the country’s second largest magazine publisher by the time it completes its deal to buy Elle and other titles from Lagardere, managed to make it through economic horror by continuously keeping both its budgets and its staffs leaner than most androgynous male models — and keeping its nose out of the air. And now, it’s doing what Time Inc. and Conde Nast can’t even think about doing: spending over a billion dollars on new acquisitions.
We always wondered how magazines within the same publishing houses avoided putting the same celeb on the same cover in the same month. And we found out this morning that at Conde Nast, it’s Graydon Carter‘s way or the highway.
Conde Nast‘s food group is experiencing a little bit of a human resources extravaganza. In a really interesting dance between the fashion and food publishing worlds, Carol Smith (who left Elle to direct the group in April), has been let go. Meanwhile GQ style editor Adam Rappaport will replace Barbara Fairchild as editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit.
Conde Nast’s print publications now have a little more control over their corresponding websites. WWD reports that the bulk of the sales and marketing efforts for sites like GQ.com and Allure.com has transferred from Conde Nast Digital to individual magazine publishers.
If any of you were still worried that there was going to be some kind of all-out street fight between the editors at Style.com and the people who manage the newly minted Vogue.com, you can now rest easy. Style.com is making a move from Conde Nast Digital to the Fairchild Fashion Group.
Style.com is indeed getting its own reality show. It’s already filming in the office of Dirk Standen (left). But they still have to cast a female love interest for writer Darrell Hartman, and they’re not sure which network is going to air the show. Still, it should be tons of fun to watch.
Word has it that Style.com, the erstwhile online home of Vogue and W, is working on a reality show. But instead of the scripted fakeness introduced by Teen Vogue on The Hills and perfected by Elle on The City, it’s said that the Style.com show will feature people who actually work at the magazine.
Tim Gunn just gets better and better, braver and braver, every media stop he makes. Last night, he joined Jon Stewart on The Daily Show to discuss his book and, naturally, the first thing Stewart asked about was that Anna Wintour-being-carried-down-the-stairs-by-five-bodyguards story. But this time Gunn widened the scope of his scrutiny and took the entire Conde Nast tower at 4 Times Square to task.
We love birthdays here at Styleite, especially landmark birthdays that get celebrated with fabulous parties that have all of our favorite people in attendance. So it follows that next to our own birthday, French Vogue‘s 90th birthday — which Carine Roitfeld and company will celebrate with the October issue — would be our favorite birthday of the year.
When Ralph Lauren opened his restaurant in Paris, we contemplated the idea of brand-themed restaurants. A Ralph restaurant’s menu would most obviously be filled with American classics — a burger and fries, a high-end take on macaroni and cheese, and a delicious plate of steak and potatoes. But what would a Vogue-themed menu look like?
Since the 90s, Conde Nast‘s home base has been half of a cozy, 1.6 million square foot sky scraper at 4 Times Square, but today The New York Times reports that the company, which publishes some of the magazine industry’s best known fashion glossies, has signed a deal to move to the World Trade Center site.
Whether fat or thin, September issues always make headlines — and this year Glamour, characterized as one of Conde Nast‘s most reliable cash cows in a Media Decoder post by Jeremy Peters, is looking a little healthier for its September 2010 issue.
It’s no secret that we’re pretty big fans of Vogue here at Styleite, and Vogue’s editor Anna Wintour has our total admiration and respect. But today, we find ourselves doing something we never thought we’d have to do. Namely, we’re questioning Anna’s normally infallible taste. Not because of something she put in the magazine, and [...]
Vogue publisher Tom Florio’s exit from Conde Nast marks a major shift for the media company. And while some at the company think he’s irreplaceable, what everyone wants to know is what Florio’s next move will be.
Remember the nice guy in The September Issue? The one that had Anna Wintour‘s back, insisting that she’s not a cold hearted witch, but rather, “she’s just really busy.” Well it seems as though Anna will have to find another confidant over at Condé. Because according to WWD, Florio is leaving.
Ever since Conde Nast pulled W magazine out of the Fairchild fold and back into the arms of 4 Times Square, the mastheads of fashion magazines have been playing a game of musical chairs. Through all of it, though, T has remained relatively quiet with regards to who would be replacing Tonchi at the top of their masthead. But now the new word on the street is that T’s fashion director Anne Christensen is first in line for the top spot.
We were scratch-of-the-head surprised when we discovered actress Julianna Margulies had snagged the cover of the May issue of W. Not that we were expecting fireworks from (former) editor-in-chief Patrick McCarthy, but nurse Carol of E.R. fame? With our journalistic instincts piqued, we decided to make like Cindy Adams and do a little dirt digging. And guess what we discovered? According to some insiders, Margulies wasn’t supposed to be on the cover at all…