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Condé Nast Has a Rat Problem

For Condé Nast, moving into their new home at One World Trade Center was supposed to be a time for celebration. Instead, it has been a time of extermination. The New York Daily News reports that the Condé offices have been overrun with rats, to the point where Anna Wintour refuses to go inside.

Initially, the furry guys were confined to the Vogue offices. Now they’ve spread. That’s what rats do — whatever the hell they want.

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Vogue.com and Style.com Share Floor at One WTC

Staffers for Vogue.com and Style.com are getting cozy. WWD reports that the teams will share the 29th floor at Condé Nast’s new headquarters, One World Trade Center. We know. This is a bit much. It’s a story only a media reporter could love. Okay, maybe “love” is too strong. This is a story a media reporter could give a hearty handshake.

Initially, the plan was for Vogue’s staff — both digital and print — to occupy the 25th floor. This would’ve been a change for Vogue, which had kept digital and print staff separate at 4 Times Square. But in a dramatic change of events, Vogue.com and Style.com staffers recently learned they would both be taking over the 29th floor.

The change makes sense. In November we learned that Style.com’s brass would be reporting to Vogue’s brass. Style.com’s publisher Matt Rice now reports to Vogue’s publisher Susan Plagemann, and Style.com’s editor Dirk Standen now reports to Vogue’s editor Anna Wintour. Might as well combine the two websites’ teams too.

[Image: Instagram/Condé Nast]

Fishbowl Five + 1 with Amy Astley, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue

Amy-Astley2Amy Astley has the rare distinction of being handpicked by Vogue matriarch Anna Wintour to take the reins of sister pub Teen Vogue. Astley was just 34 when she was given the lofty title of editor-in-chief, and she’s held on to it for the last 11 years, while earning the mag Adweek’s Startup of the Year award, growing circulation to nearly a million right off the bat, and inspiring countless budding fashionistas along the way.

With the newly released edition of The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide To Careers in Fashion, Astley and her team are dispensing their best career advice for newbies hoping to join their glamorous ranks. Here, she shares her top tips with Mediabistro on breaking into the competitive industry.

1. How can a young journalist make a good first impression with an editor?
The thing that resonates the most with me is a good attitude. Every boss is different, but for me if someone is energetic, cheerful, excited to be there — I can forgive a lot of mistakes. That’s not true for every boss. But for me, their attitude is really, really important.

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Anna Wintour Admits KimYe Vogue Cover Was Publicity Stunt

Anna Wintour has admitted that the infamous Vogue cover that featured Kanye West and Kim Kardashian was simply a way to get people talking about the magazine. Fashionista reports that while speaking at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wintour gave the couple one hell of a backhanded compliment:

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Style.com Changes Reporting Structure

Style.com is getting swept under the Vogue rug. Well, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. According to WWD, the site’s publisher Matt Rice and will now report to Vogue’s publisher Susan Plagemann. Likewise, Style.com’s editor — Dirk Standen — will now report to Vogue’s editor, Anna Wintour.

The move seems to indicate that Condé Nast execs aren’t too pleased with Style.com. At the very least, they want to give the site a kick in the pants via changes in content and strategy.

As WWD reports, a Style.com/Vogue combo is actually quite retro:

Fourteen years ago, the site was established as the online home of Vogue and W magazines. But Wintour lobbied for years for her own site for Vogue, and so, in 2010, Style.com was pushed out of Condé Nast to Fairchild Fashion Media. It was shuffled back to Condé this summer, when Fairchild was sold to Penske Media Corp.

Condé Nast Moves to One World Trade Center

The first wave of Condé Nast staffers are settling into their new digs at 1 World Trade Center this morning. The publishing house will occupy floors 20 through 44. It purchased the space — 1.2 million square feet — in 2012. But enough about that. We know you’re wondering which editor and staff will be on which floor.

According to The New York Times, Graydon Carter and Vanity Fair staffers have won that competition. While Condé’s CEO Chuck Townsend and other execs will be on the 42nd floor, Carter and Vanity Fair will be on the 41st. David Remnick and The New Yorker will take over the 38th floor; Anna Wintour and Vogue will take the 25th. The 44th floor will be occupied by Condé’s law firm.

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Hillary Clinton Might Get Another Vogue Cover

hillary-clinton-vogue-1998Hillary Clinton — who is definitely maybe probably 100 percent running for president in 2016 — is rumored to be getting another Vogue cover. Clinton appeared on the cover once before, back in 1998.

According to The New York Daily News, Clinton and Vogue’s editor Anna Wintour were recently spotted studying clothes at Michael Kors’ studio.

“Anna certainly doesn’t go to every fitting for the magazine, but for a subject like Hillary, she’d be involved in every aspect of the story,” a “fashion insider” told the Daily News. “She’d definitely need to approve the look.”

Despite the mountain of evidence, a Vogue spokesperson denied that the shopping trip meant anything. ”Anna just went by to say hello to Hillary,” said the spokesperson. “We have no plans for a cover.”

Right. Just like Clinton has no plans on running for president! We’re on to you, sister!

Vogue Photographer Patiently Awaits His Next Assignment

In Toronto for the opening of an exhibition of his photos at Yorkville’s Izzy Gallery, famed Vogue photographer Arthur Elgort took the time to chat with Canadian Press.

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Among other things, he came up with a job title that really should be the one printed on Anna Wintour‘s Condé Nast business cards:

Vogue are not using me at the moment. I don’t know why,” said the genial 74-year-old New York native, who suffered a stroke in 2011. “I’m going to wait and send (Wintour) a Christmas card and say, ‘I’m ready for you anytime you’re ready for me.’ But I think she’s so busy now because I think now she’s the head of everything, and that’s a lot of things to do.”

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David Remnick: New Yorker Not Going Biweekly

New Yorker fans, breathe easy. David Remnick, the glossy’s editor, told WWD that there are no plans to cut back on publishing and make it a biweekly.

“I think the combination of a weekly print magazine and a daily website is perfect for us now I think if you go to a biweekly, you lose your seat at the table of what’s going on in the world a little bit,” he explained.

The entire interview is well worth a read, but below are some highlights.

On his relationship with Anna Wintour:

She has been nothing but supportive of what we do. If I need advice, I know that I have an extremely smart magazine person [whom] I can rely on, and she has been nothing but supportive of The New Yorker doing what it should be doing.

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Jezebel Deputy Editor Says Goodbye

“Friends: Today is my last day at Jezebel.”

FusionLogoSo begins deputy editor Dodai Stewart‘s farewell missive, posted this afternoon after seven years of service with the Gawker Media site. Her post follows an internal email obtained earlier in the day and shared by BuzzFeed reporter Myles Tanzer, confirming that Dodai is joining Fusion as director of culture coverage.

Stewart recalls the email she sent to a blind Gawker email address, to get the Jezebel ball rolling:

My email to specialproject@gawker (or whatever) was written addressed to Anna Wintour; the body of the missive contained a serrated critique of everything I hated about Vogue: lack of diversity, focus on prohibitively priced couture, fetishization of thinness, dedication to nepotism and cronyism, etc. I believe the email ended, “But I still buy it. Love, Dodai.”

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