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Robin Givhan Returns to The Washington Post

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A post from WaPo Executive Features Editor Liz Seymour late yesterday announced the return of Robin Givhan as a fashion critic and writer.

Givhan is remembered throughout Washington for many of her Style pieces including one about a parka - “the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower” - worn by Dick Cheney at a gathering to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. She also did a rather scathing review of new Wizards uniforms, and one likening an outfit worn by Condoleezza Rice to something Keanu Reeves wore in “The Matrix.”

Givhan has bylines with Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Vogue and the Detroit Free Press. She is also currently writing The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History, “about how race, politics, economics, and shameless flackery sparked a 1973 French-American runway spectacle that changed the trajectory of the American fashion industry.”

See the full announcement on WashPost PR Blog.

Photo Credit: Helayne Seidman

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Holy S#!T! Robin Givhan Back at WaPo?

Stop the presses! Has WaPo stolen fashion writer Robin Givhan back from the clutches of Tina Brown‘s failed Daily Beast?

Last month Washingtonian‘s Harry Jaffe reported that Brown let Givhan go. Givhan told Jaffe, “I”m shell-shocked.”

Last night at 8:47 p.m. WaPo published this lengthy story in its Style section by Givhan on inaugural gowns and the global interest the ordeal attracts. Much of the story details the fashion designers who have attracted a flash of attention from various first ladies only to later crash and burn.

As if he predicted the story in WaPo, Jaffe wrote, “Brown could not have picked a worse time, for her, to let Givhan go. The inaugural season is the height of fashion coverage in the capital.”

The headline: “The agony and ecstasy of creating inaugural gowns”

We’re told that Givhan will have more stories in WaPo. But speaking of agony, is she back for good? She left WaPo for The Daily Beast in December, 2010. A click on her name shows her picture and a single word description: “Critic.” We’ve reached out to WaPo spokeswoman Kris Koratti for more details.

Update: “It’s a freelance piece,” Koratti replied. The print version includes the phrase with her byline, “Special to the Washington Post.”

 

Morning Chatter

Quote of the Day

“Um, ABC?”WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman on ABC report on male orgasms. Weisman was responding to this: “Karezza: Men Say Best Sex Comes Without Orgasm” Read here.

Munro stays.

“In other news, the WH Correspondents Assn says it won’t punish the Daily Caller reporter who heckled Obama at Rose Garden event last month.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery on The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, who heckled President Obama during a speech.

Journo Travel Complaints

  • “What’s w/ DC power? Stuck on Acela 5 minutes from Union Station. Grrrr.” — The Daily Beast‘s Robin Givhan.
  • “Looks like I spoke too soon – Bad weather hit as we were taxiing and now my @Delta jet is sitting on the tarmac, getting rained on – #weep” — NRA News’ Cameron Gray.

Pooler writes of Second Lady’s ‘midsection’

VPOTUS Vegas Pooler Tovin Lapan, of the Las Vegas Sun, dared to write about Dr. Jill Biden‘s “midsection” in a Pool Report Tuesday, writing, “The second lady, wearing a yellow dress with a large bow around the midsection, and matching yellow jacket, also greeted everyone.” He addressed Veep Joe Biden‘s attire, saying, “Temperatures in Las Vegas surpassed 100 degrees, and Biden ditched his jacket from his navy blue suit after his speech…With his sleeves rolled up, and wearing a navy blue tie spotted with white sailboats, the vice president shook the hand of every veteran…”

Breitbart.com Editor Takes Another Whack at Buzzfeed

“Buzzfeed is the TMZ of left-wing politics: Creepy, petty, and mean. Ann Romney in erectile dysfunction ads, stalking fundraisers. My God.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte, who has been relentlessly hammering away at Buzzfeed backing Team Obama for several months. Smith had no comment on Nolte’s remark, but instead directed me to his piece this morning on trolls and the business of engaging them. See here. Ahh…timeliness, we love that!

Dare to dream…

“A Chinese-style high-speed train between NY and DC would take 1 hour and 40 min.” — NYT Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt.

Take Note: At high noon Politico‘s wild bunch of LIVE journos — With Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen in charge, what could possibly go wrong? Juana Summers, Patrick Gavin, Reid Wilson, Charlie Mahtesian and First Politico Son James Hohmann will hopefully be hamming it up for today’s livestream show. Watch here.

Best of Newt’s Long Goodbye

Washington journalists fixated on Newt Gingrich‘s speech marking the end of his presidential campaign Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what caught our eye.

The Daily Beast‘s Robin Givhan: “Newt Gingrich: the long goodbye as pompous lecture.”

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “This reminds me of that scene in Airplane where this guys keeps talking and all his seat mates start committing suicide.”

Politico‘s Reid Epstein: “Just fyi, the Gettysburg Address was 271 words.”

CNN’s Mark Preston: “Newt Gingrich just suspended his presidential campaign and now he is talking about his moon colony proposal.”

ReutersSam Youngman: “Somewhere Romney is saying, ok, that’s enough, Newt.”

Politico‘s Darren Goode: “I’m now officially drunk. #drinkinggame #Newt”

WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza: “Newt is, gulp, likable in this press conference. No?”

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

A Rush sex tape — why not?

(Both journos appeared Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources”)

David Frum (Author and CNN Contributor): “I think it would be a nice gesture if he would send Sandra Fluke of his sex tapes.”

Julie Mason (SiriusXM Radio’s P.O.T.U.S. Channel): “That is something America does not need.”

Looniest anonymous email we received all weekend: “Foie gras is animal abuse and torture-why would you associate that with fighting cancer?” The item the reader is referring to is this one — where Mr. Norah O’Donnell (Cheff Geoff) hosts a gourmet gala to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. No one is suggesting the foie gras can lick cancer.

Belated Valentine’s Day

Daily Beast‘s Robin Givhan: “I have a crush on Ari Shapiro’s voice.” NPR’s White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro: “I’ve had a crush on your writing for years! So glad you caught the show.”

Loesch picks up where Andrew Breitbart left off

“It’s barely been 48 hours and I’m already disgusted with the bait of media bias.” — Big Journalism Editor Dana Loesch.

Tweets from Heaven

“Okay , sleepy time. Good night to you all and good night to Andrew, wherever you are.” — freelance writer, photographer and avid BigGov supporter Lee Stranahan.

Is This Woman’s Hair Distracting?

The Daily Beast seems to think so and wrote about it in a story today by Robin Givhan, formerly with WaPo’s Style section.

The headline: Rebekah Brooks’ Distracting Do (Rebekah is the former chief executive of News Corps News Internation who resigned in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal.)

An excerpt: Her hair hung thick and loose below her shoulders like a dense tangle of vines. It was free and unruly; it was hair that had been released from any need to be controlled and tidy.

Read the story here.

BREAKING: WaPo’s Martel Steps Down from Style

The controversial top editor of WaPo‘s Style section Ned Martel is stepping down from his post.

He just announced the news to Style staff. Sources tell us the news was expected by Style watchers who witnessed the storied features and arts section’s precipitous decline under Martel.

Martel was brought into the section in 2009 but things haven’t gone as smoothly with staff as top brass would have liked. He is not leaving the publication.

Developing…

UPDATE: We’re getting overwhelming reports that Martel was pushed out by Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli. When Martel came on board, Brauchli teamed him up to run style with Lynn Medford. There are reports of the pair repeatedly clashing over the years. Brauchli has always denied publicly that Martel is problematic. Privately is another matter. “Ned is absolutely brilliant,” Brauchli told Washingtonian‘s Harry Jaffe in February of this year. “He has exactly the right idea of what Style should be.” But reporters past and present are telling us that Martel forced Robin Givhan out as well as a number of other Style writers who did not want to work for him because he has a rep for having a  “demeaning” management style. As we reported last week, Richard Leiby jumped ship for another section after working for Style for 20 years. According to an ex-Postie, it’s nearly impossible to get fired after you’re there nine months: “So typically they move you to horrible beats or some such until you quit. I wonder what they’ll do with him.”

What will they do with him? Well, we’re hearing strong reports that Martel is far from fired. In fact, he’s headed for something allegedly big and “exciting” at the Post that will surprise and impress people when announced. The announcement is expected within the next 24 hours.

Martel was first recommended to Publisher Katharine Weymouth by a close friend, NYT‘s Maureen Dowd.

We’ve reached out to Martel for comment. So far, he’s quiet as a mouse.

Robin Givhan is Leaving WaPo

Longtime fashion guru Robin Givhan is leaving WaPo after 15 years. Blake Gopnik is also checking out.

> Update: As first reported by NYT Jeremy Peters, Givhan is going to work for Tina Brown and The Daily Beast/Newsweek. Gopnik is joining Givhan at the same destination.

See the memo after jump…

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The FishbowlDC Interview With WaPo’s Fashionista Janet Bennett Kelly

Say hello to WaPo‘s Janet Bennett Kelly. She just moved over to WaPo Magazine where where she will, among other tasks, help write a new Style column, work fashion week and write wedding vignettes. She grew up on Great Neck, Long Island, where her mother indoctrinated her early on into the “creativity of clothing, what it means to have a good eye and the wonders of discount shopping at Loehmann’s.” She tells me, “I often find myself thinking when I put together some outfit or other, ‘What would Mom think of this?” What she likes best about her job so far: “I just started this past Monday and work with an extremely talented pool of people, who are not only smart but generous with their time.” She hasn’t always been into writing or fashion. In fact, her dream years ago was to be a Classical archaeologist. She says, “the connection between now and then is, I guess, that I love digging up new things.”

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? I prefer non-carbonated, but if I had to pick, it would be Pellegrino.

How often do you Google yourself? I’ve Googled myself twice.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? You must be joking!

Who is your favorite working journalist? I have a few: Robin Givhan, Hadley Freeman, Maureen Dowd.

Do you have a favorite word? minimalism

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? None of those. I’d like to have dinner with Tina Fey.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Marimba

When did you last cry and why? When I saw the film “Inside Job” and realized what pain so few had inflicted on so many.

Find out why Tim Gunn was her favorite interview of all time and why Kelly McGillis wasn’t after the jump…

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Hillary’s Hairdo ‘Doesn’t Cut It’

London’s Daily Mail takes issue with Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s hairdo. The style has evolved into a shoulder-length feminine do that has been “scraped up ” as the story and caption so rudely declare. The headline screams awful. “Oh Hillary, that hairstyle just doesn’t cut it: Mrs Clinton prepares for huge UN meeting with lank locks.”

An excerpt from the Daily Mail:

Mrs Clinton’s hair was scraped back and clipped on top of her head, but looked lank and in need of some love and understanding.

Clinton appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour Sunday with her hair casually (and a bit messily) tossed back into a clip. HuffPost also capitalized on Clinton’s locks today with a poll asking readers whether or not they like the hair clip. “Is Hillary’s hair clip too casual for the UN?” HuffPost wonders.

This is far from the first time Clinton’s hair has gotten noticed… Read more

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